No. 4

June 20, 2017

ENHANCE & REACT project partners in a Cluster meeting in Ho Chi Minh

Last 25th May the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which manages different EU education programmes on behalf of the European Commission, organised a cluster meeting for all Vietnamese Higher Education Institution partners of selected Capacity Building for Higher Education projects. Representatives from the ENHANCE and REACT projects coordinated by the University of Alicante, were selected to attend the Cluster Meeting.
The main aim of meeting that took place at the Novotel Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was to seek synergies and identify the different challenges and best practices. The following topics were addressed: experience in international cooperation, experiences in the implementation and management of projects under the Eramus + programme, main challenges faced and dissemination of project results.
Posters presenting the main objectives of the projects, their field, impact, and benefits were displayed in order to facilitate the networking.
Over 40 participants, representatives of 25 projects implemented in Vietnam, attended the meeting. Attendees came from different universities in various regions of Vietnam (Hanoi, Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Ho Chi Minh, Can Tho, An Giang…).

LikeHome Project Meeting in Athens

The LikeHome Project Meeting took place at EOPPEP in Athens, Greece on the 1st and 2nd of June.

Partners from nine institutions met together to review the project progress, deliverables and expected outputs. The action plan for the next period has been also agreed, in line with the project description.

The overall aim of the LikeHome Project is to foster the inclusion of newly arrived migrants and refugees to the host country education and training system, to the local economy and to the society in general. Its mayor objective is to design and deliver a framework of best practices, based on experiences that have been successfully implemented, for the assessment and recognition of migrants’ prior learning, qualifications and competencies.

During the first six months of the project, the needs and challenges of newly arrived migrants and refugees have been analyzed through questionnaires completed by them, VET staff, government representatives and bodies responsible for migrants prior knowledge certification and local economy representatives. Focus groups have been also celebrated to define targets groups’ needs and challenges  in a more in-depth way.

Selected best practices from Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia and Canada have been analyzed and compared with the real needs and challenges discussed of partner countries institutions with the aim of identifying the best way to adjust them during the project.

Over the next six months, the selected best practices will be adapted by the consortium and will constitute the LikeHome framework. A set of guidelines will be prepared for the implementation of the LikeHome framework and will contribute towards the development of training materials for the training of  government educators responsible for the migrants’ reception and skills qualification.

Next meeting will be hosted by EfVET in Brussels in December 2017.

2nd National Workshop “Strategies for commercialization of Research Products”

The 2nd National Workshop “Strategies for commercialization of Research Products” has been hosted by An Giang University (AGU) in Long Xuyen City, An Giang Province, Vietnam las 18th May 2017.

The 2nd ENHANCE National Workshop brought together leaders, managers, researchers, lectures, R&I Unit staff and students from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Centres, Science and Technology (S&T) authorities, private companies from different sectors (agriculture products, tourism, manufacturing of electronic products, candy industry and wine and distilled beverage industry)  and relevant stakeholders in Vietnam.​

One more National Workshop will be organised in the framework of the ENHANCE project in order to involve relevant stakeholders and stimulate relevant discussions which may bring good ideas for projects, policies, other activities etc.

SportGo Round Table about "Training needs for the management of semi-professional sports clubs"

Last Friday 26th May took place the Regional Promotional Round Table “Training needs for the management of semi-professional sports clubs” at the University of Alicante organised by the International Project Management Office (OGPI), in the framework of the Erasmus+ project “sportGO – How to lead a sport club to a successful future”.

The roundtable, moderated by Dr. Franco Sancho, Professor of the Department of Marketing at the University of Alicante, was attended by 14 people, mainly representatives from several sport clubs.Participants were welcomed by Noelia López, Senior Project Manager at the International Project Management Office (OGPI), who presented the project sportGO and the results and lessons learnt from the pilot training course in management of semi-professional sports clubs, delivered last year at the University of Alicante.

Following this presentation, Dr. Franco Sancho, presented a summary of experiences from the teachers that delivered the pilot course. Finally, the round table was conducted, focusing on the main training needs of the semi-professional sport clubs in the region and the type of training to respond to these training needs. Attendees actively participated in the discussions that were promoted during the round table and provided a key input in order to deliver training courses adapted to their context and needs.

Tempus Project SD@UHZ Final Conference

During 22– 3 May, Denise Galvin represented OGPI at the final conference held in the framework of Tempus Project SD@UHZ.

The beneficiary Universiteti Haxi Zehka, Peja Kosovo received Capacity Building in the form of International Relations, New Approaches in Teaching Methodologies, Seminars for Students, Digitisation of the university internal systems and E-learning trainings, all facilitated by OGPI.


IQAT project study visit in Kazakhstan

During the period 11 to 19 May, 2017 Denise Galvin represented OGPI as a participant in the study visit conducted in 3 universities in Kazakhstan in the framework of the ERASMUS+ Project IQAT which is co-ordinated by Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague.
S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University, Astana; Kazakh Leading Academy for Architecture and Civil Engineering, Almaty; and, Karaganda State Technical University, Karaganda are in the process of implementing Quality Assurance systems for higher education in their individual institutions.

LOGIC TEMPUS project final conference 'Bilan et Perspectives'

LOGIC TEMPUS project final conference "Bilan et Perspectives" took place in Fes, Morocco the 10-11 of May. 
LOGIC aims to improve learning and employment opportunities for youth and promote Life Long Learning (LLL) in SNA societies at large, through an integrated LLL concept in partner HEIs as a pilot action in line with the Tempus regional priorities.

This conference was an opportunity for the representatives of 6 partner institutions as well local business and associations to share the results achieved in the project, promote the created centres and outline the opportunities for further cooperation between all parties involved in LLL.