Recently, nine students from the medicine program at Universidad Europea had the opportunity to participate in a bioethics course at Yale University. At the end of the program, each of the 80 students, representing 16 different countries, presented a final written project. One of the top projects was from Begoña Manzarbeitia, a student from Universidad Europea, for vaccine research.
Begoña said to be recognized among such a distinguished international group of students was, "a surprise and a great honor, especially considering the high level of work put into each of the projects," she said. Begoña’s paper, "Should Vaccination be Mandatory?" was based on extensive research on public policies regarding vaccination. The paper highlighted several cases to show ethical problems created by the anti-vaccination movement, including one of a young Spaniard who was not vaccinated and died from diphtheria, a serious bacterial infection that affects the nose and throat. The paper also looked at the case of a new law signed in California that makes vaccination mandatory for children to enroll in public schools.
The presentation of papers was the last event of the summer program, which Universidad Europea has participated in over the last four years. Begoña said it was an amazing experience and one that she recommends to her fellow students. "The interdisciplinary and international focus of the course allowed me to see many different perspectives and to meet new people from around the world," she said.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.