A focus group meeting of the Erasmus + project LikeHOME, Assessing and recognizing the prior learning of migrants, took place last Monday at the University of Alicante with the participation of two immigrants (from Morocco and Venezuela), a university student of immigrant parents, an educator, a teacher and a lawyer from the Spanish jurisdiction, an intercultural mediator from an educational center, a local government official in the immigrant and refugee reception in Alicante. The focus group was coordinated by Prof. Asunción Lledó, Prof. Gonzalo Lorenzo and Prof. Rosabel Roig-Vila, from the University of Alicante.

These days, 15-17 of May, the University of Alicante is hosting the Study Visit of the Erasmus+ project PROMIG, coordinated by the Tbilisi State University from Georgia. The aim of the project is to develop the interdisciplinary MA program in migration studies at Kabul and Tabesh Universities of Afghanistan, establish Migration Competence Centre able to became the main migration oriented research unit and enhance preparation of research papers in migration studies as well as organise an Inter-cultural Forum for students from Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and EU countries to discuss primary reasons motivating migration processes world wide in the form of annual Summer School.

Today and tomorrow is taking place at An Giang University, Long Xuyen City, Vietnam the 3rd training Workshop "Formalised Procedures: Intellectual Property, contractual framework; internal approval process" in the framework of the Erasmus+ project ENHANCE Strengthening National Research and Innovation Capacities in Vietnam. The training is being delivered by the SlovenkÁ TechinickÁ Univerzita V Bratislave and Ms. Noelia López, Senior Project Manager at OGPI, is participating. The main aim of this training workshop is to increase the knowledge of participants on key topics for a better Research and Innovation management and implementation.

The University of Alicante is hosting the Kick-off Meeting and the first Study Visit of the INDOEDUC4ALL project during this week. The project, titled Ensuring Access and Quality Education for Students with Disabilities in Indonesian Universities, is funded by the Erasmus+ programme.Under the coordination of UA, it involves Higher Education Institutions and NGOs from Indonesia, but also counts with the participation of two EU universities, from the United Kingdom (Glasgow Caledonian University) and Greece (University of Piraeus Research Centre).

Last week we were at University of Paris-Lodron Salzburg to finalise the legal documents that support the functioning of the Kosovo National Student Union with University of Edinburgh and Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Ministry of Education Kosovo, WUS Kosovo and representatives of the various universities and students’ unions in Kosovo in the framework of Tempus Project SIHEKSU.

The TEMPUS project: “Support to the Internationalization of Kosova Higher Education System through establishment of the Kosova Students’ Union”SIHEKSU, is funded by the European Commission through TEMPUS programme which supports the University on achieving the objectives of the Bologna Process, Strategy and Higher Education in Kosova.

The second IHEI Workshop ‘International Strategic Planning‘ organised in the framework of the IHEI project, financed by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+, took place on 19-21 April 2017 and was hosted by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, in Mashhad, Iran.
The 20 representatives of the 6 Iranian and 2 European universities were welcome by Dr. Hashemi, FUM Vice President for Academic Affairs. Glasgow Caledonian University was the provider of the workshop attended by some representatives from Iranian Education and Foreign Affairs Ministries as well.

The International conference Third Age Education: East and West Experience is taking place between 21-22 of April in Baku (Azerbaijan) in the framework of TEMPUS CTAE project. The conference aims to disseminate the project best practices on creation and ensuring the institutional and financial sustainability of the national system of Centers of the 'Third Age" Education for the implementation of priority directions of the Madrid International Plan of Action on population ageing, as well as social, cultural and political contribution of senior people for community and their effective participation in the decision-making at all levels. University of Alicante, one of the CTAE project partners, is being represented by OGPI Project manager Olga Bloshchinska.

Study guidelines, good practice and recommendations on how to apply MOOCs, learn about opportunities for the use of MOOCs and discuss hot topics such as quality, business models or certification. For more visit www.mooc-book.eu 

Digital technologies and new demands of learners and the labour market are the main drivers behind the process of changing the Global Education. However, several EU regions, higher education institutions and businesses appear to be not aware of the situation and might lose the connection to this rapid growth in the long term. Especially for the world of business a huge potential lies idle.

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam are the three countries on which the new European project takes its first steps this week at the University of Alicante (UA). REACT (strenghtening climate change REsearch And innovation Capacities in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) aims to strengthen the area of research on climate change issues in these Asian countries. Coordinated by the UA and with the participation of 11 partners, the project is funded by the EU under the Erasmus + program and lasts for three years.

The next REACT meeting will be held in Laos in October, at the Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang.

The International Conference Fostering Cooperation in Energy Efficiency and Accessibility in East Africa, jointly organised by the ENRICH and Succeed Network projects, is taking place today 13th March and tomorrow at the Z Ocean Hotel Kihinani in Zanzibar, Tanzania.