OGPI News

No. 9

March 12, 2018

The University of Alicante hosts the start of the MEANING project


MEANING project participants,
in the University of Alicante. 

The 4 days Kick-off meeting and Study Visit of MEANING (Master Programme in Industrial Engineering for El Salvador and Guatemala) took place last week at the University of Alicante. This new ERASMUS+ capacity building initiative involves the Salvadorian universities of  UTEC and UES, USAC and URL in Guatemala, and the European universities of Alicante, Cork and Maribour.

With the aim of enhancing Higher Education sector modernisation and increasing employability of students in the field of Industrial Engineering in El Salvador and Guatemala, MEANING project, coordinated by UTEC, is an excellent opportunity to develop, cooperate and exchange good practices in the field of curriculum development. 



3rd FREE Network Training Workshop in Guatemala


3rd Training Workshop "Technology Transfer:
Key Agreements and Role of HEIs".

From 27th February to 1st March, the 3rd Training Workshop Technology Transfer: Key Agreements and Role of HEIs” of the FREE Network Project“ was hosted by the Universidad Galileo and Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemalain Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala.

The training workshop has been 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 was attended by more than 60 people, representatives from the partners’ Higher Education Institutions from Central America.

The objective of the workshop was to identify the key issues regarding the creation of spin-off from the technology transfer perspective, including the different agreements to be developed and defining the role of each institution. Participants in the training workshop will be involved in the establishment of Innovation Support Offices in their institutions and will adapt the training content to local context and deliver pilot workshops for students and researchers.

The training workshop was combined with the “1st Workshop of Technology Transfer Offices and Spin-offs in Guatemala” and a “Working Session on the Creation of Innovation Support Offices (ISOs) and a ISOs Network in Central America” that took place on 26th February hosted by Universidad Galileo. Following the workshop, the project partners held a coordination meeting to review project progress and plan the project activities to be undertaken in the upcoming months. The next workshop will take place in El Salvador in May 2018 and will be hosted by Universidad de El Salvador.



The University of Alicante leads a European project to design an innovative device capable of generating hydrogen from solar energy


The FotoH2 team, in the University of Alicante. 

One of the main challenges of the 21st century is to solve the growing energy demand to cope with the depletion of fossil fuels, as well as reduce CO2 emissions. In this sense, artificial photosynthesis is presented as one of the most sustainable techniques to obtain hydrogen as fuel from two resources as abundant as solar energy and water. The European FotoH2 project, coordinated by the University of Alicante, focuses precisely on the design and development of a photoelectrochemical device capable of producing the direct conversion of solar energy into chemical energy contained in the bonds of hydrogen molecules.

"Artificial photosynthesis is one of the alternatives that can help reduce our dependence on non-renewable energies. In this context, this project is developed to design a device for converting solar energy into chemistry (hydrogen from the photoelectrolysis of water) that also provides a method to accumulate energy, "explains the project's principal investigator, Roberto Gómez, of the Department of Physical Chemistry and member of the University Institute of Electrochemistry of the UA.



National Seminar on Internationalisation of High Education in Iran


IHEI National Seminar.

On Wednesday 7 February 2018, Allameh Tabataba'i University held the first National Seminar on Internationalisation of Higher Education in Iran (IHEI) in partnership with universities of Shiraz, Ferdowsi (Mashhad), Shahid Chamran (Ahvaz), Kurdistan, and Sistan and Baluchestan. The Seminar included six panels where directors of International Academic Cooperation from six Iranian universities presented their papers on the relevant issues in the field.

In a seminar on Internationalisation of Higher Education in Iran (IHEI) held in ATU Faculty of Management and Accounting, Dr Omid Azadi, Director of International Academic Cooperation at Shiraz University; Dr Azra Ghandeharioun, Deputy Director for International Academic Cooperation at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad; Dr Khalil Gholami, Faculty Member at University of Kurdistan; Dr Mohammad Reza Ghasemi, Director of International Academic Cooperation at University of Sistan and Baluchestan; Dr Yadollah Meralizadeh and Dr Abdolhadi Darzian Azizi, Faculty Members at Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz; and Dr Mandana Tishehyar, Director of International Academic Cooperation at Allameh Tabataba'i University presented their papers on "Globalisation and Internationalisation", "International Strategic Planning", "Internationalisation of HE and Iran's Scientific Diplomacy", "IRO (International Relations Offices) Models and Services", "International Networking Opportunities", "Shahid Chamran University's Business Plan" and "Fundraising and Project Management", respectively.

During the seminar Dr Roberto Escarre, OGPI Director, explained the nature of the IHEI Project and the national conference. 



V2WORK at Erasmus+ KA2 2018 Kick-Off Meeting


Prof. Tran Dinh Lam and
Cristina Beans.

OGPI senior project manager Cristina Beans and Prof. Tran Dinh Lam from Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities recently participated in the 2018 Kick-off Meeting for Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education projects, from January 29th to 30th, 2018. They were there representing the project V2WORKStrengthening the Vietnamese Higher Education System to improve graduates’ employability and entrepreneurship skills” which was granted funding under the last Erasmus+ KA2 call (Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education EAC / A04 / 2016).

At this event they were able to present the project to interested parties, get up to date information on the programme rules, and network with partners from other projects being implemented in Southeast Asia in order to identify possible synergies with V2WORK.

The V2WORK project aims to strengthen the capacities of the Vietnamese Higher Education System in order to improve the entrepreneurship and employability skills of its graduates and reinforce its relationships with the labour market. It will do this by developing the capacities of the partners’ Career Centres to help students develop employment, employability and entrepreneurship skills and provide support for entrepreneurial intent. Enhanced relationships developed with the labour market will improve quality of student internships allowing for better on-the-job training for students. Specifically, the project will:

  • Modernise the career support services of 8 Vietnamese HEIs by building institutional and human capacities in entrepreneurship and employability skills so they can become efficient and dynamic instruments to promote and support employment and entrepreneurship among HEI students and graduates.
  • Reinforce university-enterprise relationships by developing tools and mechanisms to foster active involvement of enterprises in the Career Centres.