No. 10

May 23, 2018

Common Good First Consortium Meeting in South Africa


Common Good First partners group.

Common Good First (CGF) partners from South Africa, Scotland, Iceland, Norway and Spain met at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown South Africa, for a project consortium meeting and community engagement symposium, from May 7th to 9th.

During the meetings CGF partners reflected on the project status halfway through its implementation, reviewed ongoing actions, and prepared plans for upcoming activities. Of particular interest were the sessions on the digital storytelling pilot modules that have taken place in Norway and South Africa, and the presentation of the detailed plans for the Common Good First platform designed by the South African team AvoChoc, which will allow to showcase digital stories of Social Innovation projects from around South Africa initially, and later expanded globally.

CGF partners are planning ahead for the launch of social innovation digital storytelling labs and key dissemination events in Johannesburg and in Cape Town in October 2018 and 2019, respectively, which will allow to put a national spotlight on the work done in social innovation in the country.

The University of Alicante and the OGPI were represented in the meeting by senior project manager Cristina Beans, responsible for chairing the project’s Advisory and Evaluation Committee (AEC), who reported back to the partners in the meeting on the AEC’s first evaluation of the project deliverables.


5th FREE Network Training Workshop in San Salvador


Training Workshop “Incubation Services and Management of Research-based entrepreneurship”

This week, from 22nd to 24th May, the 5th Training Workshop “Incubation Services and Management of Research-based entrepreneurship” of the FREE Network Project is taking place hosted by the Universidad de El Salvador in San Salvador, El Salvador.

The training workshop is being delivered by the European Partners (Glasgow Caledonian University, Università degli studi di Genova and the University of Alicante, coordinator of the FREE Network Project) and is being attended by more than 60 people, representatives from the partners’ Higher Education Institutions from Central America.

The objective of the workshop is to identify the key services that are needed in an incubator orientated to Research Based and Innovative Companies.

Participants in the training workshop will be involved in the establishment of Innovation Support Offices (ISOs) in their institutions and will adapt the training content to local context to deliver pilot workshops for students and researchers. The training workshop is combined with a Working Session on the Creation or adaptation of ISOs that will take place on Thursday morning.

In order to raise awareness on the topic of spin-off creation in El Salvador and its contribution to the innovation ecosystem in Centre America and look for synergies with key stakeholders, yesterday the project was presented in a special session to Higher Education Institutions in El Salvador, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Vice-Ministry of Science and Technology, National Council of Science and Technology , National Centre for Register and National Commission for the Micro and Small Company.

Following this presentation to key stakeholder, a project coordination meeting was held by project partners to review project progress and plan the project activities to be undertaken in the upcoming months.


DIES-International Deans’ Course for Latin America 2018/2019


Deans course participants, at the University of Alicante.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Universities of Saarland (Germany) and Alicante (Spain), in cooperation with the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH), are jointly organising the DIES-International Deans’ Course for Latin America.

This intensive training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which has been jointly coordinated by the DAAD and HRK since 2001.

Saarland University and the University of Alicante are the academic coordinators of the course. Both institutions have been cooperating for a long period of time, including projects for the evaluation, development and improvement of university management in Latin American higher education institutions.

Course Content, Methodology and Schedule

The key objective of the course is to bring together a group of about 25 newly elected Deans and Vice-Deans from Universities in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru in order to enable the participants to tackle the challenges of holding a deans’ position.

Issues such as Strategic Faculty Planning, Financial Management, Quality Management and Human Resources Management will be key parts of this course, which will also include a soft skills workshop. The course will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Methodology will be strictly practice oriented and mainly based on case studies. Personal experience as a university manager will greatly contribute to this course and active participation will be necessary. Participants are expected to develop a Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for their own faculty, which will comprise the characteristics and strategies for the faculty, the role of the dean and the underlying administration and procedures in the thematic areas of the course. In this framework, participants will develop and work on concrete measures to implement the strategy in their own faculty. The basic elements of the SAP will be introduced in the first part and the continued work on the SAP will be supported by distance coaching and via online webinars (Part II). Part III will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on the implementation of their faculty strategy and other reform projects discussed by the participants during parts I and II.

Application is open until May 28th. 

More info at http://www.idc-latinamerica.com/content/course-description-2018-2019


BizMOOC consortium meeting in Potsdam

Participants in the BizMOOC consortium meeting in Potsdam.

This week representatives from universities all over Europe met in Potsdam (Germany) for the BizMOOC consortium meeting hosted by the Hasso Plattner Institut. The main objectives of this meeting were to evaluate the BizMOOC pilot MOOCs and the common body of knowledge on MOOCs in Europe, as well as preparing the final stages of the project. UA contributed to both project outputs and is represented by OGPI senior project manager Francisco Gallego. 

The BizMOOC consortium consists of 11 full partners and 3 associate partners out of 11 countries deriving from HEIs & Industry (large companies & SMEs), NGOs, networks, cluster. Jointly they will establish of a common body of knowledge on MOOCs, identify needs, gaps & reasons for businesses, labour force and HEIs to boost their MOOC activities which will result in guidelines, recommendations & good practice published in an interactive, open access MOOC BOOK.

Besides, the final project international conference UPGRADING BUSINESS COMPETENCE GLOBALLY FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW (Friday, 9 November 2018 – Krakow, Poland) was announced and is open for your participation. Registration is now open!


Climate Change training in Cambodia with REACT

Second Training of Trainers module in Kampong Cham.

The University of Alicante coordinated project REACT “Strengthening climate change REsearch And innovation CapactiTies in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam” recently held its second Training of Trainers module in Kampong Cham, Cambodia.

From March 6th to 8th over 40 trainees from universities in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam participated in a module titled “Tackling Climate Change” during which they were able to increase their knowledge and understanding on Climate Change and the international framework concerning Climate Change actions. They participated in seminars and practical exercises on how to analyse/prevent/manage risks related to climate variability and develop solutions for risk management, adaptation & mitigation through local case studies. The module was delivered by experts from REACT partner Institut Euro-Méditerranéen en Science du Risque (IEMSR, France), and was hosted by local partner University Heng Samrin Thbongkhmon.

Following the training, REACT partners held a 1-day coordination meeting with working sessions centred on the launching of the REACT Research & Academic Units in Climate Change, and adapting the trainings received in Laos (Nov.2017) and now in Cambodia to their local context so the partners could deliver them both on an internal and national level this coming Spring.



ENHANCE project workshops in Vietnam


ENHANCE National Workshop participants.

There were 2 events recently organised in the framework of ENHANCE project, coordinated by the University of Alicante. Both the 5th& 6th Training Workshops on “Research methodology: peer review; commercial appraisal” & “Alternative KT pathways: Work based learning; social innovation” took place on the 14-15th of March, 2018 at Thai Nguyen University, Thai Nguyen city, Vietnam. The workshops were delivered by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU, UK).

The trainings were followed by the 3rd ENHANCE National Workshop “Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer of University-based Research”. The National Workshop was conducted to foster a dialogue among participants regarding profitable and effective procedure of intellectual property tools and technology transfer from the university-based research groups to the society. It gave an opportunity to build links between university-based research groups and industry as well as to share experiences in innovation technology to industry.

Representatives from VIET HEIs; Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan province’s departments of Research and Technology, representatives from private companies, researchers, overall 75 attendees, participated in the discussion.


CIPnet Kick-off Meeting in Kraków


CIPnet project KoM in the Jagiellonian University

This week representatives from universities in Europe and China are meeting in Kraków, Poland, to kick-off the Erasmus+ project CIPnet - China Intellectual Property Management Network, coordinated by Jagiellonian University and in which the University of Alicante is a partner as leader of the Benchmarking and Needs Analysis Activities and the Quality Assurance work packages. The UA is represented by OGPI senior project manager Noelia López.

The aim of the CIPnet project is to promote the modernisation and harmonisation of Intellectual Property Management practices in the higher education system in China, with a view to enhance university-industry collaborations and contribute to economic and social development.


TAP project workshop at University College Cork


University College Cork.

Last week we were at University College Cork for a capacity building workshop in the framework of ERASMUS+ TAP Project.  Colleagues from the Palestinian partner universities presented their intended approaches on how to transform assessment practices of first year large enrolments. 

The Palestinian universities were able to take advantage of the excellent work and research undertaken by the CIRTL at UCC.  Prof. José Rodes from the Department of Physics provided the partners with some insight into how assessment of large enrolments is undertaken at the University of Alicante.  Denise Galvin represented OGPI and provided guidance regarding the QA of this aspect of the Project.


The UA cooperates with 8 universities in Vietnam to strengthen their capabilities of HE system


V2WORK project partners, in the University of Alicante

The University of Alicante has welcomed today the partners of the V2WORK project in its Campus of San Vicente del Raspeig for the Kick off Meeting of 'Strengthening the Vietnamese Higher Educatin System to Improve Graduates Employability and Entrepreneurship Skills'  (V2WORK ), a project coordinated by the University of Alicante and co-funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus + program. 

The V2WORK project objective is to strengthen the capabilities of the higher education system of Vietnam to improve the employability and entrepreneurship skills of its students and graduates, and strengthen its relations with the labor market.

V2WORK includes in its consortium all the key players that should be involved in the issue of employment of students and graduates:
• Higher Education, represented by 8 universities in Vietnam, distributed throughout the country:

  •  Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Tra Vinh University
  • Thu Dau Mot University
  • Nha Trang University
  • Tay Nguyen University
  • The University of Danang
  • Industrial University of Vinh
  • Hanoi University of Science & Technology

• Students and graduates, represented by the AIESEC association
• Employers, represented by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce VCCI
• Political actors, represented by the MOET Ministry of Education and Training

These partners are supported by 3 European universities that have strong programs and services to support employment and entrepreneurship and experience in cooperation projects in developing countries: the University of Alicante, the University of Coimbra in Portugal and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.