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The “Francisco Villamartín” Chair of Security and Defense Studies organizes a visit to the International Demining Center

Posted by Lucía Mantecón Díaz

Last Monday, April 22, about thirty students accompanied by Prof. Dr. Vicente Garrido Rebolledo, Director of the Chair, visited the International Demining Center.

Last Monday, April 22, about thirty students accompanied by Prof. Dr. Vicente Garrido Rebolledo, Director of the Chair, visited the International Demining Center.

The Center was created in 2002 to promote Spain's role in promoting research and development on humanitarian demining, as well as the development of systems for the detection, deactivation, removal and protection of explosives.

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During the day, the students were able to enjoy an introductory conference on the work carried out at the Center, as well as a visit to the main facilities where they saw first-hand how the teams work in the field of removal and deactivation of explosives and ammunition.

"In the classroom we studied the Convention on the prohibition of antipersonnel mines and during this visit they were able to discover how the Armed Forces prepare and work to fight against the main threats in this area," said Prof. Dr. Vicente Garrido Rebolledo.

A valuable experience

The students were very interested and valued the opportunity to learn about such a relevant topic on the international agenda. "It has been a very enriching experience and we have learned a lot about the work being done to combat antipersonnel mines and the risks they represent for the civilian population," commented Alessandra Pereira, a double degree student in International Relations and Journalism.

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The Chair continues with its visit program

With this activity, the “Francisco Villamartín” Chair begins a series of visits to centers of interest in Security and Defense that will continue next quarter, showing the commitment that both the Chair and the Rey Juan Carlos University have in promoting the culture of Defending.