From the 20th to the 22nd of July 2020 the 1stACCESS training “Inclusive Education: Context and Background” was conducted on-line, jointly delivered by the University of Alicante (UA) and the University of Macedonia (UOM).

This first training was supposed to be held on the same dates at the University of Macedonia in Greece, together with a study visit and a coordination meeting. However, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, in order to continue with the project activities as initially planned, the training was conducted on-line using the Livestorm webinar platform. The use of this platform has allowed sharing presentation and videos, questions and answer sessions, a practical workshop and open discussions with moderation by the project coordinator, UA. Furthermore, the three sessions have been recorded allowing partners to view the sessions at any time.

EMINENT has finished its Online Training with the celebration of the last combination of Masterclass and Tutorial Meetings on Self-Evaluation of Study Programmes, led by the University College Cork (Ireland) from 13th July to 17th July and in close collaboration with Haitian partners.

As a pioneer institution on Quality Assurance policy in Europe and drawing upon their extensive expertise on this field, the University College Cork framed a training centered around the concepts of Self-evaluation and learning outcomes formulation. With this purpose, the University College of Cork delivered a Masterclass which covered in-depth all the practical aspects of these concepts, looking into the details of operationalization, data collection and organizational elements of the Self-Evaluation process but also analysing the intricacies of  reformulating study programmes according to learning outcomes.

Following upon their contingency plan, EMINENT consortium celebrated from Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July, their 2nd Masterclass and Tutorial Meetings on Internal Quality Assurance System conceptualization, led by the University of Alicante. 

Counting upon the participation of their Vice rectorate of Quality Assurance, the University of Alicante recorded a Masterclass, delving into the complexity of formulating Quality Assurance policy at internal level and articulating the adequate mechanisms and tools to ensure the achievement of quality on Higher Education services provision. This lecture drawn upon the institutional and personal experiences of the University of Alicante in creating and developing their own Quality Assurance system throughout the last decades, integrating into the Bologna Process and meeting the standards set within the European Higher Education Area.

OPEN partners met on July, 8th for the 2nd Virtual meeting to follow up on project progress and activities made so far. The main discussion was focused on the advances related to the WP 1: Need Analysis. A recent survey “The state of internationalisation in Laos: need analysis & mission sharing”, developed by UNIBO, was successfully completed by all Laotian partners

EMINENT consortium has devised a contingency plan to carry forward with capacity building actions, coping with the disruption generated by the COVID-19 global pandemic. This Online Training comes in substitution of D3.3.1. Train of Trainers (Module IV) which was supposed to be held in March 2020, facilitating than Haitian partners advance further on knowledge transfer and experience adaptation on Quality Assurance within Higher Education during these uncertain times.

La UA - Universitat d'Alacant / Universidad de Alicante está participando en el proyecto Europeo Projet Cudimha Master en Histoire et Archéologie ("Desarrollo curricular: un Máster innovador en historia y arqueología") que tiene como objetivo desarrollar un programa de Máster que proporcione a los estudiantes más conocimientos y herramientas dentro del área de la comunicación y valorización del patrimonio cultural mediterráneo. Se trata de un programa internacional que involucrará a 9 universidades europeas y tunecinas, que dará inicio el próximo 1 de Octubre de 2020 y se llevará a cabo en modo mixto (un semestre en línea y un semestre presencial).

El próximo 9 de julio tendrá lugar la Jornada de Puertas Abiertas a través de Zoom y en las redes sociales, donde los profesores presentarán las asignaturas y podrán contestar a la preguntas sobre Máster. La información sobre este máster y sobre el Info Day está disponible a través del siguiente enlace.

The University of Alicante, as a European reference in accessibility, sustainability and internationalization, brings together more than 100 representatives of universities and ministries from Latin America, Asia and Europe in an open dialogue to strengthen the Higher Education system by means of European Erasmus+ funds.

From the 3rd to the 6th of March 2020, the University of Alicante welcomed rectors, academic vice-rectors and managers from 35 universities -both public and private- and ministries from Laos, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Austria, Greece and Spain. The reason for this meeting was the launch of the "ACCESS", "MYSUN" and "OPEN" projects, financed by the European Union with the participation of the International Project Management Office (OGPI) of the University of Alicante.

The University of Alicante hosted more than 30 representatives from 4 Moroccan and  4 Egyptian Universities in order to train them on inclusion and accessibility for students with disabilities from 17th to 21st February.  Within the framework of the PACES - Progression of Accessibility Centres in Higher Education for Students with Disabilities in North Africa, the University of Alicante contributed with their expertise on disability to share practices and lessons learnt on how to develop an inclusive Higher Education environment.



Therefore, partners had the opportunity to work closely with the staff of the Student Support Center of the University of Alicante on improving their peer to peer-volunteering services, understanding the experiences of students with disabilities at the University as well as harnessing the application of Assistive Technology to increase the scope of these inclusion actions. Besides that, partners also visited the Archaeologic Museum of Alicante which displays a very innovative and cutting-edge system on accessibility collection, providing an excellent example for inclusion on didactics and tourism.

On January 23rd & 24th, 2020, the Erasmus+ project REACH "Reinforcing Access to Cross Border Employment at Palestinian Higher Education Institutions" held its Kick-off Meeting at the University of Ljubjlana in Slovenia. REACH aims to enhance the capacity of Palestinian HEIs in promoting cross border employability of graduates, providing them with the capabilities for effective cross border working so that they can develop their potential and also participate actively in sustainable economic development in Palestine.

From 14th to 15th of January 2020, OGPI Senior Project Manager, Noelia López, participated in the DEFINE project Kick-off meeting that took place in Paris. During the two-day meeting, representatives from the 7 partner institutions from Austria, Denmark, Spain, Italy and France were gathered to decide the content of the DEFINE training about online banking and finances, specially tailored for seniors. OGPI representative made a presentation on the quality plan for the project, the desk research and the focus group conducted, in which attendees shared their views on existing trainings and best practices on digitalized financial education, the needs of seniors in the area of financial education and digital skills and gaps between existing trainings and training needs