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European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education

Fifteenth European Arts Therapies Conference

September 11th to 14th 2019, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

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Alcalá de Henares is a picturesque Castilian city in central Spain. It is located in the Community of Madrid, only 30 minutes by train from Madrid, and with excellent rail links with the city and its underground network. Alcalá de Henares is the birthplace of Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, arguably the greatest figure in Spanish literature and author of the universally known and immortal work Don Quixote, the most edited and translated book in history after the Bible.

Cardinal Cisneros, the Regent of Spain, founded the University of Alcalá in 1499 as a completely new educational project. It combined the best models of the traditions of that era - Paris and Salamanca - with other more innovative projects such as the universities of Bologna and Louvain. The prestige of its courses and teachers, and its founding constitutions, provided the model for the establishment of the new universities in America. In 1977, the University of Alcalá reopened its classrooms. Since then, a collective effort has led to the recovery of its intellectual, cultural and architectural heritage. The university's unique model, its historical contribution to literature and science, and the beauty and richness of its buildings led UNESCO to declare the University of Alcalá a World Heritage Site on 2nd December 1998. 

ECArTE is grateful for the warm and enthusiastic welcome, which the University of Alcalá de Henares has extended to the Consortium as the host University for this fifteenth international arts therapies conference.




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