No. 2

April 6, 2017

Climate change in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, under study in a new project led by the UA

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are the three countries on which the new European has taken its first steps last week at the University of Alicante (UA). REACT (strenghtening climate change REsearch And innovation Capacities in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) aims to strengthen the area of research on climate change issues in these Asian countries. Coordinated by the UA and with the participation of 11 partners, the project is funded by the EU under the Erasmus + program and lasts for three years.

The next REACT meeting will be held in Laos in October, at the Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang.




MOOC BOOK, a free online resource to MOOCsfor business, workforce and universities

Study guidelines, good practice and recommendations on how to apply MOOCs, learn about opportunities for the use of MOOCs and discuss hot topics such as quality, business models or certification. For more visit www.mooc-book.eu 

Digital technologies and new demands of learners and the labour market are the main drivers behind the process of changing the Global Education. However, several EU regions, higher education institutions and businesses appear to be not aware of the situation and might lose the connection to this rapid growth in the long term. Especially for the world of business a huge potential lies idle.

The MOOC BOOK is realised under the umbrella of the EU-funded project “BizMOOC – Knowledge Alliance to enable a European-wide exploitation of the potential of MOOCs for the world of business”. “With BizMOOC, we want to encourage the modernisation of European education, generate a cross-border and cross-sector knowledge exchange on MOOCs in Europe and promote the acquisition of labour market key competences”, sad Mag. Christian Friedl, M.Sc., coordinator of BizMOOC project.

For Higher Education Institutions, there are several benefits coming from the MOOC BOOK. First of all, MOOC BOOK offers answers to various questions related to how MOOCs address HEIs. The questions and answers are grouped into three main categories: MOOC basics, MOOC adoption and advanced MOOC concept thus targeting those new to MOOCs, those who have a little experience with MOOCs and those well-experienced with it. The next part of the MOOC BOOK is called needs and gaps to MOOCs which offers identification of needs and gaps for the application of MOOCs by HEIs. It is concluded by the State of the Art on existing MOOC knowledge with topics such as existing MOOC quality models or issues for MOOC recognition, certification and accreditation.

World of the business profits from the MOOC BOOK equally. Guidelines provide the extensive knowledge on applying MOOCs from external providers and applying self-produced MOOCs, answering questions such as what the potential costs are when employing the existing MOOCs by other providers, or what the options are if the business wants to provide MOOCs on their own. Similarly the next part of the MOOC BOOK offers the identification of opportunities of MOOCs for the business community. The final part may then answer any questions related to 14 relevant MOOC topics, for instance MOOC IPR issues, MOOCs and Human Resource Development or existing MOOC business models.

The MOOC BOOK also does include labour force/society as such. It addresses the society in general and provides information on MOOCs in general, learning on a MOOC and taking MOOCs further. What is the right type of MOOC and teaching approach for me, are the employers aware of MOOCs, how can MOOCs improve my skills – those are just some of the questions the MOOC BOOK answers. In the section for the society it also provides very interesting results from the society survey carried out with a range of citizens across Europe including students, non-formal/lifelong learners, the unemployed and employees in a range of industries.

International Conference 'Fostering Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Accessibility in East Africa'

The International Conference Fostering Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Accessibility in East Africa, jointly organised by the ENRICH and Succeed Network projects, took place 13th and 14th of March at the Z Ocean Hotel Kihinani in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The main aim of this International Conference is to bring together stakeholders involved in the field of Energy from academia, researchers, project managers, NGOs, representatives of the industry and policy makers in order to encourage dialogue and strengthen cooperation links in the energy sector in East Africa. The Conference was inaugurated by the Principal Secretary of the  Water, Energy and Environment Ministry of Zanzibar. Participants included representatives from HEIs, policy makers, private sector and NGOs from Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Rwanda, Suriname, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and from the EU from Spain and Scotland.

The Director of the International Management Office (OGPI), Dr. Roberto Escarré, Ms. Cristina Beans and Ms. Noelia López, Senior Project Managers at OGPI, and Dr. Oana Driha, from the International Economy Institute of the University of Alicante were participating in the conference.

IHEI project Training on Globalisation vs Internationalisation

The first IHEI training on "Globalisation vs Internationalisation" has just completed with success. It was celebrated at the University of Shiraz and delivered by Pablo López Alonso,  from Glasgow Caledonian University, and Ester Boldrini, Deputy Director of OGPI- University of Alicante, and with the active participation of the six partner Iranian Universities, but also representatives from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran.

The aim of IHEI project  is to raise the International Relations capacities of Iranian Higher Education Institutions by increasing their potential openness and reducing barriers for fluid international exchanges. Hence, IHEI will strengthen the international dimension of the Iranian higher education system via transfer of know-how, management capacities and good practices. Through the engagement of 6 Iranian universities, five different administrative regions of the Islamic republic of Iran are triggered. Additionally, 3 European partners are committed to IHEI´s goals. Through this project, the First National Network Internationalisation of Higher Education will be developed to harmonise internationalisation practices at a national level.

FREE NETWORK project Kick off meeting in the UA

The 6th and 7th of March, the Kick of meeting of Erasmus+ project FREE NETWORK Fostering REsearch-based Entrepreneurship and the development of spin-off companies in Central America took place in the University of Alicante. The project, coordinated by the University of Alicante, involves partner universities from all the countries in Central America (Panamá, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras) as well as two EU universities from Italy and United Kingdom.

The Kick off meeting was combined with a study visit to the University of Alicante on 8th and 9th March to exchange good practices and innovative ideas on the development and management of spin-off support units.

The FREE NETWORK project is aiming at improving business opportunities for research-based entrepreneurs, promoting spin-off services in Higher Education Institutions and strengthening the innovation ecosystem in Central America.