INCLUB PROJECT WINS IN THE AULAB PROGRAM CALL
STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS INVOLVED IN THE INITIATIVE RECEIVED THE AWARD AT A CEREMONY HELD IN THE PATIO DE LAS CAMELIAS AT THE PALACIO DE LA MONEDA GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS.
April 12, 2017
Inclub, a project created by students and professors from our University with the purpose of promoting the access of persons with disabilities to tourism, was one of the fifteen winning initiatives of the second call for innovation projects of the AULAB Program, whose award ceremony was held at the Palacio de La Moneda Government Headquarters.
Participants were congratulated by the President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, who explained that the contest sought to deliver answers to challenges of one of the most dynamic and most promising economic sectors of our country: tourism. "And this is an area in which we have unparalleling opportunities, due to our geography, our flora and fauna, our privileged skies for astronomical observation and, mainly, for our people and our culture," explained the Head of State.
225 projects were presented in the second edition of the AULAB Tourism Program competition, of the Laboratory of Government, involving more than 1 000 students, professors and officials from 57 higher education institutions from 12 Regions.
The six participants of the Inclub winning project were present at the ceremony in which winners were announced: professors from the School of Kinesiology José Ignacio Bustos and Viviana Estrada, and students Jorge Carreño and Cristian Aravena, as well as Professor Gabriel de Ioannes and student Catherine Lopez from the School of Engineering in Development of Video Games and Virtual Reality.
Viviana Estrada mentioned that Inclub is a project that aims to promote the access of persons with disabilities to tourism. "This is why we co-created a prototype jointly with blind people, academics and students from Kinesiology and Engineering in Video Games and Virtual Reality, from the premise that the changes and promotion of the access of people with some kind of disability start by changing the behaviors of society towards these people," she said.
From that perspective, the project seeks, through training and educational materials, that those working in tourism "incorporate skills and competences for good treatment and access of people with disabilities engaged in tourism."
At the same time, Estrada said that winning the AULAB contest, "means a tremendous excitement because it rewards a social work in the tourism sector”. And he added: "We feel this as paying a debt that society has with people with disabilities. To carry out this project from a regional, state and quality university honors even more this achievement."
Pro-rector Pablo Villalobos, present at the ceremony, said: "It is an honor to have won this award and to receive from the hands of the President of the Republic a distinction so relevant. It is certainly a well deserved award for this group of students and academics, who have clearly demonstrated that the union of masters and disciples makes it possible to co-create innovative solutions that will change the social practices, making them sustainable over time. In the same way, there is an incentive to our training model and the changes that have been introduced in the basic training through the module of social responsibility."
At the same time, the regional Sernatur tourism responsible, Carolina Reyes, said that "the inclusive tourism in the Maule Region opens opportunities for integration and collaborative work among a variety of public and private actors, which has enabled us to position ourselves as a destination in which you can live unique experiences where we connect with our senses".
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