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.  

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):

Institutional Entrepreneurship & Employability Programme manager, Víctor Climent and OGPI Senior Project Manager, Noelia López, participated on 9th and 10th of July 2019, in the 4thINSPIRE Project Meeting and Mentoring workshop that took place at Cracow University of Economics in Poland. During the management meeting, the current state of project activities and results were discussed, the mid-term report and first external evaluation report were presented and participants met with social entrepreneurs and the local Department of Entrepreneurship. Indonesian partners presented the outcomes of the Business Plan Competition and selected examples of business plans of social enterprises. Most of these students’ projects focused on local resources, traditions and empowering local communities.