A total of 15 master’s and doctoral students from the universities of Catalonia have joined the United Nations internship program that supports young talent to start an international career. The international educational program of the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) allows, over 9 months, to carry out practical research projects in different prestigious international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) or the Ban Ki Moon Center. For the first time, the prestigious RAUN program welcomes students from Catalan universities thanks to the collaboration promoted by the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to Central Europe, based in Vienna, and the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia (CIC).
The students of Catalonia have been chosen from a total of 119 profiles from different international university systems. The selected are 11 women and 4 men from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), the Universitat de Girona (UdG), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV ), the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), and the International University of Catalonia (UIC).
In total, the RAUN selection committee has chosen 46 students, one in three participants belonging to a Catalan university. Also, among the most outstanding profiles of the total chosen by RAUN, there are 9 Catalan university students who have been among the best rated applicants.
From last May until December, participants work, in virtual mode, with networks of experts in different fields in an environment that promotes diversity, tolerance, cultural learning and understanding to offer innovative solutions to contemporary global challenges. In addition, they participate in conferences and interactive workshops in different countries taught by experts and professionals.
This initiative is part of the collaborations between the university system and government delegations abroad, coordinated through the International Relations Committee of the CIC, and is part of the actions carried out in relation to the professional careers that Catalan university students can develop in an international context.