From 12th March to 15th March 2019, a delegation of the International Project Management Office (OGPI), together with representatives from Student Support Center of the University of Alicante, participated in the 1st PACES Workshop on Employability of Higher Education Graduates with Special Needs and the PACES Mid-Project Management Meeting in the city of Cairo (Egypt).

During the event, they joined colleagues from 4 universities from Morocco, 4 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from  Egypt, 1 from Slovenia, 1 from Greece and 1 from United Kingdom. It  was a very productive opportunity to share expertise on accessibility to Higher Education, work with student with disabilities and discuss issues linked to international project management strategies within the sector of Higher Education. Partners also reached important agreements to orientate the implementation of future activities in the project, which comprise the creating of Volunteer Support Scheme at partners institutions lead by the University of Alicante.

Twenty-two representatives of eight Haitian, Irish and Austrian Higher Education Institutions, members of the  EMINENT project, gathered together from 26th February 2019 to 1st March 2019 to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the project. EMINENT is a Capacity Building Higher Education project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which aims to develop Higher Education Quality Assurance Systems in Haiti and in addition extend impact to the Caribbean region. The University of Alicante, relying upon its expertise on international project management and capacity building, coordinates this project “Towards the Enhancement and Harmonisation of HEIs Quality Assurance in Haiti in response to national and International Developments”.

After the successful completion of the previous funding period, a new consortium of four partners now takes up its work for the next contractual term of the European Intellectual Property (IP) Helpdesk. Managed by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) on behalf of the European Commission, the initiative supports cross-border SME and research activities to manage, disseminate and valorise technologies and other IP assets at an EU level.
The new consortium receives EUR 3 million funding for an initial period of three years, and will be coordinated by the German SME EURICE – European Research and Project Office GmbH. EURICE has been responsible for the training and communication activities of the service already in the previous three years term. The consortium is completed by the Spanish academic partners University of Alicante and University of Navarra as well as the German technology transfer agency TUM-Tech GmbH.

The University of Alicante, through the International Project Management Office (OGPI) and the Department of Prehistory, Archeology, Ancient History, Greek Philology and Latin Philology participates in the CUDIMHA project -Curriculum Development: An Innovative Master in History and Archeology , financed by the European Union under Erasmus + Program. This project will address in the next three years the design of a master's degree related to the dissemination and management of historical and archaeological heritage in Tunisia. This project involves different Tunisian universities (Cartago, SFAX, Gabès and Monastir) in which the master will be implemented during the academic year 2020/2021, as well as universities and European institutions (University of Molisse, International University of Rome, FORMIT-Italy -, Masaryk University -Czech Republic- and University of Alicante -Spain-). This international cooperation project arises from the interest and need of Tunisia to train professionals capable of valuing and spreading the rich heritage resources that the country has.

The University of Alicante participates as a partner in the European Digital Humanist project. This European project, which lasts two years, aims to develop and provide students of careers related to the humanities a set of digital skills and entrepreneurship to innovate and create new products and services for the promotion and access to cultural assets in digital key. The students will have access to the most advanced technologies to generate highly immersive environments, with the aim of supporting the evolution of digital services and their full integration in the cultural heritage sector.

The University of Alicante, a pioneer university in the offer of higher education related to the digital humanities, brings to the project its experience in this field, both at the level of intervention projects (applied in museums and archaeological sites), as well as in teaching.

El próximo 30 de Enero se va a llevar a cabo en la Universidad de Alicante un curso de formación sobre Herramientas para la capacitación con personas migradas y refugiadas.

Esta formación está reconocida para la Acreditación como Mediador Intercultural ante la Generalitat Valenciana y se realiza en el contexto del Proyecto Likehome, que intregra a nueve organizaciones de siete países europeos (España, Grecia, Bélgica, Alemania, Suecia, Italia y Austria) y busca fomentar la inclusión de migrantes y refugiados recién llegados a los sistemas de educación del país anfitrión, a la economía local y a la sociedad en general.

On December 20th and 21st, 2018, took place in Beijing (China) the first Training of Trainers developed within the scope of CIPnet, the China Intellectual Property Management Network. CIPnet is the product of an Erasmus project aiming to promote the modernisation and harmonisation of Intellectual Property Management practices in the higher education system, with a view to enhance university-industry collaborations and contribute to economic and social development in China.

The topic of this first Training was “Regulations and Institutional Policies for a Successful Technology Transfer at HEIs”, and was organized and hosted by Law School of Renmin University of China.

The Horizon2020 research project FotoH2, is reaching the end of its first year, and the partners met on December 13 & 14, 2018, in the installations of partner CNR-ITAE in Messina to evaluate the work done in this year, and plan for the next months.

 

The discussions centered on the results of computational electrode material studies and the physical simulation of the photo-electrochemical reaction and planned the completion of the computational work package and the utilisation of gained knowledge for the prototyping work.

The consortium concluded that the project work is progressing according to the plan, and good results should be expected in time for the mid-term review next summer.

The FREE Network National Conference “The challenges of public policy to promote entrepreneurship and innovation based on knowledge generated in universities” took place in San José, Costa Rica on 5th December 2018 and over 150 participants came together from Central America.

Organized by the Erasmus+ funded project FREE Network - Fostering Research-based Entrepreneurship and the development of spin-off companies in Central America, of which the University of Alicante is coordinator, the conference was hosted by Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT) and was jointly organized with Tecnológico de Costa Rica (TEC).

The main objective of the conference was to promote the project visibility and present the project results, specifically the Innovation Support Offices (ISOs) Network that will be established in the framework of the project.  Also, the aim of the conference was to raise awareness of the key role of the ISOs for supporting spin-off creation in Costa Rica  and Central America. In this sense, the recently established ISOs from ULACIT (The Nest – Innovation Centre)  and TEC (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre) were presented by Alejandra Quirós, Associate Director of External Affairs of ULACIT and Juan Carlos Carvajal, Director of the TEC Innovation Centre. 

Thirty representatives of four Indonesian universities have visited the University of Alicante to work in the INSPIRE project, an erasmus+ project that aims to boost social entrepreneurship in Indonesian higher education institutions. Juan Llopis, Vice Chancellor of International Relations of the UA, welcomed the representatives from the Indonesian Universities involved in this project, which was launched in October 2017 and will end in 2020, aims to promote business mentality and innovation in higher education institutions in Indonesia, strengthening cooperation between the university and the company for a better employability of social entrepreneurs, and increase their relevance to the labor market and society.