The University the Alicante participated in the Erasmus+ INNOVA project virtual Kick Off Meeting from 3rd to 5th March 2021. Led by the Coordinator, the University San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca from Sucre (Bolivia), all INNOVA consortium members partaken with representatives from  universities from Bolivia, Paraguay, Ireland and Spain.  The Ministries of Education from Bolivia and Paraguay also joined the meeting. The main goal of this meeting was officially launching the project INNO VA project, introduce partners to each other and agree upon the strategy to implement first project actions.                                         

The virtual meeting compromised 3 days of agenda in which INNOVA project was presented to partners as well as the different participant institutions. It was followed by an in-dept discussion on the strategies to organise activities across the diverse Workpackages of the project, focusing particularly on the initial articulation of the Needs Analysis, dissemination and quality control interventions. Finally, partners debated the organizational structure of the INNOVA project together with the administrative and financial schemes to enable project actions.

OPEN Consortium celebrated the 1st National Round Table in Vientiane (Lao PDR) on 4tth March 2021. The gathering was attended by the Vice minister of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), high-representatives from other ministerial bodies of the Lao PDR government and the  European Union Ambassador to Lao PDR. During the meeting, 2 crucial publications, as result of the coordinated work of the OPEN consortium, were officially presented to the audience: “Needs Analysis“document and the “International Relationships Offices Management Guide”.

They were joined by a numerous delegation of at least 50 participants of  the Higher Education Institutions of Lao PDR, including high-representatives from the managerial staff, representatives from international organisations, together with the members of the International Relationships Offices of the 5 public Universities which take part in the OPEN consortium. The 1st OPEN National Round Table was a blended conference in which Laotian partners participated on face-to-face basis, congregating in the Crowne Plaza Hotel of Vientiane, and the EU representatives of the OPEN project from Italy and Spain contributed online.

More than 90 participants from Costa Rica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic took part in the 2nd Training of the ACCESS Project, organized on February 17 and 18, 2021. The workshop was taught virtually by the Digital Accessibility Unit of the University of Alicante. The training focused on familiarizing, in an eminently practical way, attendees with tools and methodologies for creating digital and inclusive teaching materials. These contents are especially useful in this context of a pandemic that has forced most of the Universities to deliver their educational actions via online or hybrid methodologies

January 15th 2021 signals the official starting date of the news Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education project “Promoting the employability and entrepreneurship of Higher Education graduates through innovative ways in the Philippines”, also known as PATHWAY.

Partners have been actively at work behind the scenes to help the project get a strong start when it has its public launch on February 23rd. This work has included several online meetings, first with the new project officer in a bilateral meeting organized in the framework of the Erasmus+ Grantholders’ Meeting, on January 28th, and then during a pre-Kick-off Meeting with the project managers from each partner institution on February 2nd.

IPA4SME offers SMEs that have been awarded the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Seal of Excellence a unique opportunity to acquire IP valorisation and protection by co-financing a range of IP-related services, worth up to EUR 15 000.

These services include free IP pre-diagnostics, where a verified IP expert provides the companies with a customised report on their IP business strategy and advises on how to exploit their assets efficiently and securely. Beneficiaries can also have their IP protection costs reimbursed, particularly IP attorney and European patent application fees.

ACCESS consortium held its first coordination virtual meeting of the year on 2nd February 2021. The online gathering was attended by 35 delegates from Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Greece and Spain,  representing all the 13 Higher Education Institutions and  3 national Ministries of Education which take part in the ACCESS project. The reunion centered around reviewing progress undertook during the last year and laid the basis for ACCESS project actions during the next month such as the upcoming online trainings on  inclusion for 17-18February.

ACCESS partners convened to celebrate the official approval of the extension of the project up to January 2024 on account of the disruption generated by COVID-19 pandemic within the pace of all project activities and the normal functioning of the University system in Cuba, Costa Rica and Dominican Republic as well as Spain.

Between January 19th and 21st, the V2WORK Vietnamese partners gathered together at Thu Dau Mot University, with the EU partners joining in online during the afternoons, to present the work they had done in the framework of project work packages 2, Capacity Building, and 4, Implementation of Enhanced Services.

During the workshop partners shared their experiences (including the challenges they had to overcome) and results in the implementation of online courses, career days and new employability, employment and entrepreneurship services by the career centres. As each partner presented their work, the others had a chance to ask questions, share recommendations for future actions, and do a short evaluation of each of the results.

Overall the results were very positive, with many of the partners getting very useful advice from their colleagues on how to continue implementing these activities, and others getting inspiration on how to develop something similar in their own institutions

EMINENT partners organised an online Project Meeting on Friday 21st January 2021. Colleagues in Haiti and Europe Union reunited after the Christmas vacations via videoconferencing to formulate a feasible workplan to catch-up delays of project implementation. Along these lines, partners welcomed the good news about the official approval by the EACEA to extend the period for the implementation of the EMINENT project up to April 2022. This will become a great opportunity for the project to compensate the disruption generated by the COVID-19 pandemic and recovered action.

EMINENT consortium will focus the next 4 months to finalise the design of their internal quality assurance systems at faculty level, conduct self-assessment activities as well as articulate policy proposals within the Roadmap document action.

In the framework of European project MATE past December, 21 local students of the University of Alicante were trained in the Human Universals or Commonalities concept to further become MATE facilitators.

Donald E. Brown, American professor of anthropology, in his book “Human Universals” (1991), explains that human universals or commonalities "comprise those features of culture, society, language, behaviour, and psyche for which there are no known exception". In other words, they are attributes that characterise us all or which we have adopted collectively during human evolution and progress.

The China Intellectual Property Management Network (CIPnet) Launch Event was virtually hosted on December 11, 2020 by Southwest University in Chongqing, China. The Launch Event included a presentation of the China Intellectual Property Management Network and its activities, and was followed by the conference “Managing IP at Universities. From IP Awareness Building to Commercialization of Research Results”. Presentations were delivered both by the CIPnet project partners and invited guests and structured into the following panel sessions: IP awareness building at universities; IP management at medical sector; Specifics of commercialization of research results. The event was attended by more than 80 managers, directors, leaders of TTOs, persons involved in commercialization and management of IP at Chinese universities.