Servatur becomes patron of the program's 2020 Canarias Innova FULP

June 2007

The president of the Fundación Universitaria de Las Palmas, Manuel Campos Gómez, general manager of the company Servatur, Santiago Fernández Caballero, on Wednesday signed an agreement through which patrons Servatur becomes Canarias Innova Programme 2020.

"Servatur is a company belonging to the tourism sector in addition to this program with the intention to cooperate actively in the promotion of innovation and scientific and technological research in the Canary Islands and in the process of social projection of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria", said CEO Servatur.

Innova Sponsorship Program was created in 1984 and since its inception had a very clear objective: to facilitate postgraduate research training to young graduates, academics or research groups in the process of consolidation.

In this period, from 1984 to 2006, 893 scholarships have been awarded an amount of 3.3 million euros, but more importantly, the University Foundation has contributed to strengthening the body of researchers and doctors at the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria. Twenty years later, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has an established research structure: more than 120 research groups, 951 doctors and 196 professors.

The president of the University Foundation, Manuel Campos, explained that the University Foundation "has made the important decision to carry out a change of course in order to engage fully in the development of the Canary Islands. "Thus, the University Foundation does not want to miss the opportunity to continue to lead the role of connection between the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria and the Canaries society deems it necessary to take a modest step, but significant, innovative programs from now takes the name 'Canary Innova 2020'.

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The main novelty in the 2007 is that 'Canarias Innova 2020' fund as a priority those accredited scientific quality jobs that have greater impact on social and economic development of the Islands. This will have established three priorities: one of them is tourism, the second axis as a platform tricontinental Canary, and the third is based on Innovation, Competitiveness and Knowledge Economy.

The University Foundation is committed to tourism because it is a key factor for economic and social development of the Canary Islands. But in this area must have a transformation that allows adaptation to consumer demands and the imperatives of sustainable development.Canary axis as Tricontinental Platform is a new proposal, but must think and be filled with content and this is where the University has a major role to play. Finally, the FULP considers that the axis of Innovation, Competitiveness and Knowledge Economy is important because one of his concerns is to understand and exploit the relationship between scientific knowledge and technological welfare of the islands' society.

The 'Canary Innova Programme 2020 "is aimed at the implementation of projects of doctoral theses, applied research work and all kinds of ex-novo studies of scientific and technical nature that contribute to encrease the creative, innovative and investigator to ULPGC social service and business demands of the Canaries.