No. 11

September 6, 2018

TAP Project management meeting in Alicante

Members of the TAP project at the University of Alicante

From July 11th to July 13th, the University of Alicante welcomed the members of the Erasmus+ Project  “Transforming Assessment Practices in Large Enrollment First Year Foundation (TAP)” group members for its third Project Coordination Meeting, an event coordinated by the An-Najah National University in Palestine and co-funded by the European Union.

The members of the TAP project met at the University of Alicante with representatives of the  International Project Management Office of the University of Alicante to discuss training implementation, review standard course templates as well as policies for first-year education level. The objective of the TAP project is to improve assessment practices on foundational first year
education by using technology options, ensuring quality and accreditation as well as implementing large enrolment modules in professional degree programs.

The TAP project also uses these technologies to facilitate timely feedback loops from faculty along with students to establish an effective way to improve deficiencies. The six universities from four different countries involved in the project are the following:
1.    An-najah National University
2.    Palestine Polytechnic University
3.    University of College Cork
4.    Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
5.    Universidad de Alicante
6.    University College of Applied Sciences

This meeting was an excellent opportunity for the TAP project members to get together and share practices they have been  learning and developing in order to transform assessment practices in large enrollment first-year education level.


Focus Group on Sustainable Tourism conducted by the University of Alicante


Tourist Focus Group at the University of Alicante. 

Yesterday a Focus Group took place at the University of Alicante organised by the International Project Management Office (OGPI), in the framework of the Erasmus+ project "Competences centres for the development of sustainable tourism and innovative financial management strategies to increase the positive impact of local tourism in Thailand and Vietnam - TOURIST".

During the meeting, the TOURIST project, its objectives and expected results were presented by Dr. Oana M. Driha, Department of Applied Economics International Economy, Institute of Tourism Research. Following the presentation of the project, the Focus Group was conducted to obtain information and the views from the attendees in the field of sustainable tourism. The Focus Group was attended by researchers from the University of Alicante, a tourism responsible for a town hall and representatives from the tourism industry.


TOURIST aims to promote sustainable tourism concepts and transfer knowledge on innovative financial management strategies to Higher Education Institutions in South East Asia to benefit from tourism in a sustainable way in the future. It aims to enhance the university-business cooperation in the tourism industry to foster the concept of sustainable tourism, increase teaching quality and in the long-run to increase the employability of graduates due to an up-to-date education.


Meaning Study Visit in Ireland and Slovenia


The Study Visit participants.

Last week we were in University College Cork, Ireland during 21– 22/5 and University of Maribor, Slovenia during 24-25/5 for the Study Visit organised for partners from El Salvador and Guatemala in the framework of ERASMUS+ Project MEANING

The Central American partners were able to take advantage of the good practices in curriculum design for a new Master in Industrial Engineering at both University College Cork and University of Maribor.  At University College Cork, sessions in the area of writing Program Learning Outcomes and Course Learning Outcomes were of great value to the study visit participants.  Dr. Declan Kennedy, who is recognised as one of the specialists in the emerging area of Learning Outcomes, as they relate to the Bologna Process, was able to share his wealth of knowledge with the participants from the CA partner institutions. Also, the Interim Vice President of Teaching and Learning for UCC, Dr. Marian McCarthy, shared he knowledge regarding Active and Multi-modal Learning.  The University of Maribor  showcased its good practice in Computer Science, Robotics and Telecommunications curriculum design and research. University of Alicante (Denise Galvin) is leading the Needs Analysis to obtain valuable information from all of the involved stakeholders as input to the Curriculum Development of the new Master program.


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.