The Lehendakari meets with 100 North-American university students who are studying in the Basque Country
This morning, Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, the Basque Premier, met with a group of 100 US university students who are currently studying at different campuses in the Basque Country, as part of a programme organised by USAC-University Studies Abroad Consortium, a consortium of US universities that organises exchanges to foster studying abroad.
The meeting was held at the Lehendakaritza, the Basque Premier's office, and was attended by around a hundred university students who are currently studying at the Bizkaia (business studies) and Donostia-San Sebastián (humanities) campuses, accompanied by the Director and founder of USAC, Carmelo Urza, and a selection of the academic staff.
Since the USAC was set up (in 1983) and thanks to an agreement with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) around 7,250 US universities have spent time in the Basque Country, when, apart from their academic studies, they have had the opportunity to learn about Basque culture. One hundred US lecturers have also taught on the Basque programmes organised by the consortium. The agreement with the UPV/EHU has likewise enabled 200 Basque lecturers visit the US thanks to the USAC grants and a growing number of the Basque universities are taking part in international programmes.