A Focus Group in the framework of LikeHome project took place on September 14th at the premises of the University of Alicante. The main objective of the meeting was to test the recently developed tool meant to help newly arrived migrants and refugees to find an education opportunity in their new host countries. The group was compounded of the participants originating from Ukraine, Colombia and Russia, as well as professors of the University of Alicante.

Earlier this month the University of Alicante participated in a dynamic social innovation event that took place on September 6th and 7th at Scotland House in Brussels. The event was organized by our colleagues from Glasgow Caledonian University, with the support of the European Commission, in particular the International Capacity Building Unit. They wanted to bring together participants from various points around the globe in order to envisage, propose and, subsequently, to establish a worldwide network that explores and demonstrates how universities can support social innovation more effectively. 

This aspiration evolved through the experience, in particular, of three projects funded under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education programme, and of which the University of Alicante is a partner: Latin American Social Innovation Network, Southeast Asian Social Innovation Network, and Common Good First in South Africa.

The MOOC created within the framework of the Erasmus + programme - ALDIA Project http://(http://aldia-project.eu/) has been selected in the grant call for innovation projects to promote the blended and online teaching of the Vice-Rector for Quality and Educational Innovation of the University of Alicante (PENSEM-ONLINE PROGRAM).

MOOC Aldia, along with 20 other MOOCs, is part of the MOOC set http://(https://web.ua.es/es/ice/moocs-noocs/mooc.html)approved in this program in order to offer online courses coming from the university perspective on current and diverse scientific issues. In the case of MOOC Aldia, it is intended to guide the teacher/trainer on how to support accessibility and bolster the academic success of students with sensory disabilities in the university and non-formal educational settings (especially in vocational training).

The University of Alicante coordinated project REACT “Strengthening climate change REsearch And innovation CapactiTies in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam”  recently held its third Training of Trainers module and second Regional Round Table in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The event, which also included a 1-day coordination meeting, took place from July 9th to 13th and was hosted by the Royal University of Agriculture.

Titled “Financing Climate Change Activities in HEIs”, the training module delivered by experts from the OGPI and the University of Alicante, as well as from REACT partner Institut Euro-Méditerranéen en Science du Risque, aimed to

Members of the FotoH2 consortium met at the facilities of partner Broadbit Energy Technologies in Finland last June, for their first face-to-face coordination meeting after the project’s kick-off meeting last February. This meeting highlighted the excellent progress the project has made in its first six months, particularly with regards to computational modeling and lab experiments, putting it firmly on track to meet its goals and with a clear roadmap to proceed for the next months.

FotoH2 is a Horizon2020 research project, financed by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Alicante which focuses on 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. More information is available at http://fotoh2.eu/.

 


Member of TAP project at University of Alicante

From July 11th to July 13th, the University of Alicante welcomed the members of the Erasmus+ Project  “Transforming Assessment Practices in Large Enrollment First Year Foundation (TAP)” group members for its third Project Coordination Meeting, an event coordinated by the An-Najah National University in Palestine and co-funded by the European Union.

The members of the TAP project met at the University of Alicante with representatives of the  International Project Management Office of the University of Alicante to discuss training implementation, review standard course templates as well as policies for first-year education level. The objective of the TAP project is to improve assessment practices on foundational first year education by using technology options, ensuring quality and accreditation as well as implementing large enrolment modules in professional degree programs.

Over 30 participants actively engaged in the first V2WORK training module for university Career Centre staff which took place from July 2nd to 4th, 2018, at Nha Trang University in Vietnam. 

The module was centred on how and why Career Centres should engage with their internal and external stakeholders, and who these could be. The specific objectives included:
•    To understand the importance of engaging with stakeholders and the tools to help do so.
•    To identify how a Career Centre can build and develop networks and relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including students, graduates, academics, higher management, employers, employment agencies and associations, business angels, policy makers etc.
•    To examine the possibilities of cooperation at national and international levels


Tourist Focus Group at the University of Alicante. 

Yesterday a Focus Group took place at the University of Alicante organised by the International Project Management Office (OGPI), in the framework of the Erasmus+ project "Competences centres for the development of sustainable tourism and innovative financial management strategies to increase the positive impact of local tourism in Thailand and Vietnam - TOURIST".


The Study Visit participants.

Last week we were in University College Cork, Ireland during 21– 22/5 and University of Maribor, Slovenia during 24-25/5 for the Study Visit organised for partners from El Salvador and Guatemala in the framework of ERASMUS+ Project MEANING


Common Good First partners group.

Common Good First (CGF) partners from South Africa, Scotland, Iceland, Norway and Spain met at Rhodes University, in Grahamstown South Africa, for a project consortium meeting and community engagement symposium, from May 7th to 9th.