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Abstract

This paper presents a reflection about the work done by the University of the Basque Country on the Basque Diaspora. A proposal for the development of different strategies to improve the relationship between the University of the Basque Country and the Basque Diaspora is also presented. Two are the main objectives: to create a new space to promote and develop the academic community of the Basque Diaspora and to create the program Basque Yourself Summer School to improve Basque Studies programs among young people.

About the Author

Iñaki Goirizela is currently serving as president of the University of the Basque Country. He is a professor in the Data Communication Department at the School of Engineering, University of the Basque Country. A native of Bilbao, he did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of the Basque Country. He worked for Stanford Research Institute (1983-85) as an international fellow, for LABEIN research laboratory (1986) and he was also a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab. In 1987 he started his own company dedicated to industrial applications of image processing techniques. He was vice president for university enterprise relations of the University of the Basque Country from 1998 to 2000. His research interest is the development of advanced information technology, focusing on electronic voting technology.

Education

BS: Electrical Engineering, University of the Basque Country PhD: Electrical Engineering, University of the Basque Country

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