A little bit of history

1982

The Education Commission of the Council of Gipuzkoa decided to run Summer Courses in San Sebastian in May 1982.

The Education Commission of the Council of Gipuzkoa decided to run Summer Courses in San Sebastian in May 1982.This first year was experimental in nature, and was organised by the Centres from the Gipuzkoa Campus (FICE of Zorroaga, Faculty of Law, the School of Architecture).

1985

Ricardo Echepare took up the role as director of the Summer Courses at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

1987

The sponsored Courses started up. Several institutions, such as the Savings Banks, Cajas de Ahorro, Iberduero and the Professional Association of Engineers subsidised some Courses.

1989

The majority of the Courses from the 8th year onwards now began to take place at the Palacio de Miramar. The new framework, apart from allowing for greater integration of the activity, also placed the Summer Courses in a privileged framework.

The commencement of its partnership with the BBVA, which began to form part of the Summer Courses, participating in its design and with its financial support, which it continued to do through the BBV Foundation, and subsequently the BBVA Foundation, as an identifying feature of the Courses.

The Courses began to have a Europeanisation focus.

1993

The Summer Courses Foundation was established.

2000

The "Learn to teach" programme was started up, particularly directed towards training and upskilling of teaching professionals. This was developed in collaboration with the Department of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government, which included the same, certifying the courses offered by the department within the Garatu training plan.

2001

The University of the Basque Country's Summer Courses now began to demonstrate the complete consolidation of their activity. This was evidenced by the 6,157 students who attended its the 65 activities regulated by the 20th year of the programme.

2002

For the first time, more professionals were enrolled than students, strongly establishing it as convergence site for various stakeholders in society.

2004

The "Courses for All" formula was put to the test, directed towards the general population in a range of general subjects.

2006

The 25th year of the Summer Courses was commemorated with Noam Chomsky featuring as a relevant figure for this year.

2007

Ricardo Echepare was replaced by José Luis de la Cuesta.

2008

The Courses began to be taught via streaming in order to disseminate knowledge beyond the classroom environment.

2011

The Online Courses commenced, enhancing the dissemination strategic line.

2012

An agreement was signed with Osakidetza (Department of Health of the Basque Country) for training of its professionals through the Summer Courses.

2014

The University Extension activities of Bizkaia and Araba were integrated with the Gipuzkoa Summer Courses, merging to become one summer activity.

2015

José Luis de la Cuesta hands over to Carmen Agoués as Academic Director of the Summer Courses. Igor Álvarez joins her as academic Deputy Director. Vicente Gascón takes over as Academic Secretary.

The organisational management of the Foundation has been updated. Aitziber Zubillaga takes over as general administrator and new digital systems and processes are implemented.

2019

Itziar Alkorta replaces Carmen Agoués as academic director of Summer Courses.

2020

Vicente Gascón was replaced by Koro de la Caba as a Academic Secretary.

The Foundation redesigns all its courses on offer: long-duration online courses are increased; a hybrid format is created (presence-based Summer Courses with the option of participating live online) plus Summer Courses live online. This new format allows the Foundation to emerge stronger from the situation created by Covid-19.

The Donostia Sustainability Forum is created.

2021

The hybrid option is maintained due to the pandemic.

The number of participants prior to the pandemic has been exceeded.

The 40th anniversary of the Summer Courses of the UPV/EHU is celebrated.