On the 12h July the UA team took part of the ICSE conference “Elevating Innovation for Sustainable Development of Special Needs Education-ICSE” conference organized by UNESA. 

During the Plenary Session, Dr. Roberto Escarré presented the INDOEDUC4ALL project and discussed about the Implementation of Inclusive Education in Higher Education in Europe. INDOEDUC4ALL is a capacity building project, funded by the European Commission, aimed at supporting Indonesian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the development of capacities of its members in addressing the educational need of students with disabilities. The project will also help partner universities to ensure education accessibility for students with disabilities, building up Disability Support Units equipped with assistive technologies.

On the 20-25th May, 4 students from South East Asia participated in the social innovation week organized by the UA as part of the SEASIN project financed under the Erasmus + programme. 

The week experience on social innovation focused on improving students’ understanding on social innovation (education, support for social innovation projects and enterprises etc.) in Europe. During the social innovation week SEASIN students met some of the social innovation projects from Alicante and speak with it main actors. They has also the chance to interacted with students from the University of North Florida (U.S) during the international social innovation course provided by Prof. Enric Bas, Director of Futurlab.

On July 15 and 16 took place the first ANTENA Project’s First National Round Table and Coordination Meeting, held at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila (The Philippines). ANTENA Project, an initiative co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by OGPI, aims to boost the internationalization of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs).

During the event initial findings from the national survey it conducted on internationalization in and of Philippine HEIs. ADMU School of Management-Business Resource Center Director John Luis Lagdameo pointed out the top four barriers to mobility in three sectors (student, faculty, and administration and staff):

The IPA4SME call that supports and facilitates the use of Intellectual Property by SMEs has been re-opened on 8 July 2019, given the overwhelming response to the first 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 are being 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 first cut-off date will have the option to resubmit their previous application. The new cut-off date is Thursday 26 September 2019.

This coming June 30th, the Horizon2020 research project FotoH2, will have reached the mid-point of its 3 year contract and will have to report to the European Commission on the progress made regarding the design and development of a photoelectrochemical device capable of producing the direct conversion of solar energy into chemical energy contained in the bonds of hydrogen molecules.

 

To prepare this report, as well as review latest results and plan for the next months’ work, the FotoH2 consortium gathered at Hygear in Arnhem, the Netherlands, on June 13th and 14th, in their fourth face to face meeting. A key result of the recently completed modeling phase provided the computational proof that the FotoH2 architecture makes the prototype’s efficiency goals feasible.

From 21st-24th May 2019 researchers from University of Alicante took part in a seminar on Communication and Stereotypes hold in Dietzenbach (Germany). This activity was the 8th seminar developed in the context of WIR Project, a project funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme (European Commission) focusing on the challenge of facing the migration phenomenon and the welcoming and integration of refugees. This project is developed by a large partnership composed of 7 European countries (Sweden, Italy, Latvia, Germany, Spain, Austria, Finland) with 6 public authorities, 2 associations and one University.

Members of the EMINENT project participated in succeeding Study Visits in Vienna (Austria) and Cork (Ireland) from May 27th to May 31st. These activities have been devised with the intention to generate a space to share practices and foster mutual learning between the European and Haitian partners within the framework of capacity building action.

 

As such, during the first segment of the Study Visits in Vienna (Austria), EMINENT partners were hosted by  Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Austria (AQ Austria). For two days, Haitian, Irish and Spanish colleagues were introduced to accreditation and audit practices within the field of Quality Assurance in Higher Education. EMINENT consortium made the most of the opportunity to build upon the shared expertise, reflecting and orientating project activities within the area of Quality Assurance units definition as well as networking frameworks.

The IPA4SME campaign has been launched and is looking for SMEs in need of assistance with their Intellectual Property (IP) valorisation. IPA4SME (“Boosting the use of IP with an action specifically designed for Innovative SMEs”) is a unique business opportunity for SMEs to acquire IP Valorisation and Protection, through a variety related services.

The beneficiaries of these Intellectual Property services are SMEs that have been awarded the Seal of Excellence from the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, and they can apply for the following:

  • Free IP Pre-diagnostics: a customised report by a verified IP Expert on your business strategy related to IP with recommendations on achieving a secure and efficient exploitation of your assets. The service is available to SMEs registered in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.
  • Financial reimbursement of IP protection costs, specifically eligible costs of qualified IP attorney and European patent application fees, for all EU and COSME countries.

The REACT project and the REACT Network for Climate Change Research and Education in Southeast Asia are organising an International Conference on Climate Change in Ho Chi Minh City from September 19 - 20, 2019.

The International Conference CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES FOR THE LOWER MEKONG BASIN REGION: FINDINGS, CRUCIAL PROBLEMS AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM ACTION PLANS TO DATE aims to bring together scholars and researchers of Higher Education and research institutions from the region in order to create a stronger network and foster intraregional collaboration in CC research and innovation. Stakeholders from industry, NGOs, government and other institutions from the region will be invited in order to take part in the discussions of the findings. The goal is to convey and unite the efforts of researchers and stakeholders in order to reflect and build up on the existing knowledge and boost the efforts in CC related research and actions in the region.

Representatives of 12 Libyan Higher Education Institutions, members of the  WHEEL project, congregated from 8th April 2019 to 11th April 2019 to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the project. WHEEL is a Capacity Building Higher Education project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which is coordinated by Università Degli Studi di Genova.

 

The project aims to improve management and operation of the Libyan higher education institutions. WHEEL will achieve that goal by setting up a Network of Libyan universities as a learning platform to foster the modernization and strategic planning of the university system in the country, as well as, devising concrete policy proposals to meet the social and political challenges of Libya. The University of Alicante, relying upon its expertise on international project management and capacity building, will provide support to this project as partners.