20 representatives from the EMINENT project consortium celebrated the II and III Modules- Train of Trainers in Camaguey (Cuba), extended from Wednesday 27th November to Wednesday 4th December. The capacity building action was led by experts from the University College Cork (UCC) and the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation from Austria (AQ Austria). Delegates from 5 Higher Education Institutions in Haiti were introduced to the wide array of tools, resources, and methodologies in order to start designing their own Internal Quality Assurance Systems and carrying out the Self Evaluation of their programmes.

Due to the persistent socio-political crisis in Haiti, EMINENT partners were forced to find an alternative location to celebrate their capacity building actions. As such, EMINENT Consortium opted to organize their meeting in the city of Camaguey, setting up a long week of intense hard-work to facilitate transfer skills which have laid the knowledge foundation for the roll-out of the project pilot exercises.

INDOEDUC4ALL Final conference took place in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) on 3rd - 4th December. In this meeting, organised by UIN SUKA, were represented 6 Indonesian HEIs, 1 NGO SIGAB, 3 European universities together with the representatives of two Ministries (Ministry of Higher Education and Culture and Ministry on Religious Affairs) and general public representing university community and all engaged stakeholders.

This event was a great opportunity to showcase the INDOEDUC4ALL outputs, and in particular recently established National Network of Support Centres KOPERTINA as well as to raise awareness about the progress made on students with disabilities learning conditions, their social inclusion and employability.

Institutional Entrepreneurship & Employability Programme manager, Víctor Climent participated from 19th to 21st of November 2019, in the 5thINSPIRE Project Meeting and Mentoring workshop that took place Universitas Andalas in Padang, Indonesia.

 

The first two days were focused on the mentoring workshop for students and mentors and the student mentee workshop on mentoring agreement. Also, the Business Plan Competition winners attended a Business Plan Development workshop provided by EU partners and Indonesian INSPIRE staff and mentors. At the end of the second day, the Official Opening of UNAND Co-Working Space took place.

The University of Alicante participated in the MORALE Kick Off Meeting held from 14th October to 16th October 2019 in Beirut (Lebanon). Delegates from 7 Lebanese and Syrian Higher Education Institutions, 1 NGO from Greece, 1 German University, together with different NGO professionals from the region, assembled to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the  MORALE project. This project is part of the  Capacity Building Higher Education initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and coordinated by the Beirut Arab University.

 

The project aims to strengthen to the capacities of Syrian & Lebanese HEIs to train a new generation of high skilled professionals trained by PC HEIs to effectively manage and operate in NGO environment, enhancing inclusion of refugees and the rebuilding of the South Mediterranean society. MORALE will achieve this goal by delivering capacity building actions and trainings, modernizing curricula offers at partner countries as well as devising lifelong learning courses for professionals on the field.

From October 7th to October 9th, 2019, the partners of the Erasmus+ project Common Good First from South Africa, Scotland, Iceland, Norway and Spain came together in Cape Town, South Africa, in order to wrap up the project which ends on October 14th, and to launch it into its next phase. Two professors from the University of Alicante, Diana Jareño and Guadalupe Ortiz, participated in the event to participate in the discussions and share the work that has been developed at the University of Alicante during this time.

 

During the past three years the partners have collected and documented social innovation cases in South Africa, working with social innovators from around the country to help them share their experiences through digital stories and profiles to be shared with the world on a digital platform. At the same time the project has been tackling the digital divide in South Africa, by increase the digital skills of the community managers and social innovators who participated in the project’s digital storytelling modules organized in several of the partner universities.

From 8th October to 10th October 2019, a representative of the International Project Management Office (OGPI) participated in the PACES Workshop on Employability of Higher Education:  “Progression of Accessibility Centers in Higher Education for Students with Disabilities in North Africa" and  the PACES Management Meeting held in the city of Rabat (Morocco).

 

During the event, PACES project gathered colleagues from 4 universities from Morocco, 4 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from  Egypt, 1 from Slovenia, 1 from Greece and 1 from United Kingdom, hosted by the University Mohammed V from Rabat. The action allowed to launch a very productive space to share good practices on inclusive policies for students with disabilities in the context of Higher Education. The event counted with the participation of different representatives  from the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Ministry of Women affaires, Solidarity, Family, and Social Development and the Ministry of Labor from Morocco.

The IP4SME call has been re-opened on 27 September 2019, given the overwhelming response to the second cut-off date of the IPA4SME Action, and the initially allocated budget not being sufficient to provide support to all of the services requested by the applicants. For this reason, new Rules for Implementation have been defined in order to increase budget flexibility in the future.

We encourage eligible applicants to apply as soon as possible. Parties that have submitted an application to the previous cut-off dates will have the option to resubmit their previous application. The new cut-off date is Thursday 19 December 2019.

Universities are an essential agent for positive social changes in current societies. This has been evidenced in the 2nd Southeast Asian Social Innovation Network Event which, held in Bangkok (Thailand) on October 8th and 9th. During this event, and SEASIN under the moto of “Shaping Futures. New ways for Universities to make change happen", different Professors, researchers and managers from more than a dozen university centers have shared regional good practices that result in the increase of well-being in their territories.

More than 25 members from the EMINENT project consortium celebrated the I Module- Train of Trainers in Port-Au-Prince (Haiti), stretching from Monday 23th September to Wednesday 25th September. This activity was facilitated by experts from the University of Alicante who trained representatives from 5 Higher Educations Institutions (HEIs) of the country on cutting edge issues within the field of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (HE), laying the foundation for the continuity of the capacity building action and adaptation of knowledge to Haiti. Partners were also able to celebrate a project meeting in order to orientate project action in the following months.

On September 23rd started the International Deans' Course Latin America 2019/20 at the University of Alicante. The course has been opened by the rector, Manuel Palomar and the academic director of Institutional Projects, Joaquín Marhuenda. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Universities of Saarland (Germany) and Alicante (Spain), in cooperation with the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (AvH), are jointly organising the DIES-International Deans’ Course for Latin America. This intensive training course is part of the DIES programme (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which has been jointly coordinated by the DAAD and HRK since 2001. Saarland University and the University of Alicante are the academic coordinators of the course. Both institutions have been cooperating for a long period of time, including projects for the evaluation, development and improvement of university management in Latin American higher education institutions.