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.

The University of Alicante participated in the WIR Project Final Event taking place in Ravenna (Italy), from September 24th to 27th. The main aim of the event was double: to see the impact of the WIR project on project targets (political representatives, civil servants, volunteering associations, citizens) and to see possible project follow-up. Indeed, 3 themes can represent an important starting point for future projects: 1. New tools and methodologies for the access to job market for new comers; 2 Strategies to fight miscommunication and fake news about the migration issue; 3. Participation of migrants in the social community through formal and non formal activities.

INDOEDUC4ALL project members reunited in Alicante in order to participate in a training on Assistive Technology delivered by the experts from the Student Support Center of the University of Alicante from 16th to 20th Sept. 14 representatives from the Indonesian HEIs visited the University of Alicante and partook in the capacity building initiative, being introduced to innovative tools on inclusion and teaching methodologies across all ranges of disability, centered around Assistive Technologies (AT). This activity was held within the framework of the INDOEDUC4ALL project, an Erasmus+ project for Capacity Building in Higher Education cofounded by the European Union.

 

By doing so, INDOEDUC4ALL reinforces the AT Equipment purchase, an activity held within the framework of the WP4 of the project, generating sharing knowledge on AT management and application of these tools to the environment of the Indonesian HE system. In addition, partners also took the opportunity to organize a project meeting polishing the last strategies to finalise INDOEDUC4ALL project.

Hosted by Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá, the FREE Network Final Conference “Generating Innovation from research-based entrepreneurship: the Role of Higher Education Institutions in Central America” took place on the 10th and 11th September 2019, in Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, organised by the International Project Management Office of the University of Alicante with the support of Universidad del Istmo.

 

The main objective of the conference was to promote the project visibility and present the project results, specifically officially launch the Innovation Support Offices (ISOs) Network established in the framework of the project in order to promote memberships from new members.  Also, the aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the key role of the ISOs for supporting spin-off creation in Central America. In this sense, the recently established ISOs were presented by project partners.