University Entrepreneurship at the Service of Rural Society. The RuralYU Project as an Action Learning Process


  • María Begoña Sáiz Mauleón Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Irene Badía Madrigal Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Rita Gorriz Salanova Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Inés Mondragón Pons Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Victoria Olcina Marcos Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Pedro Sáez Martínez Monnou Studio
  • Pablo Tortosa Juanes Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Guillem García Martín Universitat Politècnica de València
  • María Cos Aznar Universitat Politècnica de València



University Entrepreneurship, Project-based learning, Social innovation, Rural development, YUDesign


The article presents the RuralYU university entrepreneurship project, developed by the Youth University Design (YUDesign) Spontaneous Generation (GE) group of the School of Design Engineering (ETSID), at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). RuralYU aspires to reduce rural depopulation in collaboration with university students, who, by carrying out academic work, cover specific needs with the aim of strengthening rural development. The idea of ​​an inter-university collaboration programme with the rural world arose after having won the Vodafone Foundation’s Project Lab 2021 national contest within the framework of GLOBAL CHANGE with the proposal “RuralLife4Good. Accommodation grant programme for the empowerment of rural environments”. The winning proposal, which was implemented as a pilot project in Ràfol de Salem during the 2021-2022 academic year, values ​​the importance of the university at the service of society, in this case as an axis of urgent and necessary activation to avoid rural abandonment.


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How to Cite

Sáiz Mauleón, M. B. ., Badía Madrigal, I. ., Gorriz Salanova, R. ., Mondragón Pons, I., Olcina Marcos, V. ., Sáez Martínez, P. ., Tortosa Juanes, P. ., García Martín, G., & Cos Aznar, M. (2023). University Entrepreneurship at the Service of Rural Society. The RuralYU Project as an Action Learning Process. Multidisciplinary Journal for Education, Social and Technological Sciences, 10(1), 36–50.