Last week representatives from universities in Europe and South Africa met at Glasgow Caledonian University to discuss Social Innovation and Digital Storytelling in the framework of the Erasmus+ project Common Good First, coordinated by GCU and in which the University of Alicante is a partner as leader of the Quality Monitoring work package. The UA was represented by OGPI senior project manager Cristina Beans. The consortium was also joined by the EU appointed Project Officer from Brussels and a representative from the Scottish Government’s Department of Social Enterprise, Social Innovation and Social Investment, who are also contributing funding to the initiative.


Last 25th May the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which manages different EU education programmes on behalf of the European Commission, organised a cluster meeting for all Vietnamese Higher Education Institution partners of selected Capacity Building for Higher Education projects. Representatives from the ENHANCE and REACT projects coordinated by the University of Alicante, were selected to attend the Cluster Meeting.
The main aim of meeting that took place at the Novotel Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was to seek synergies and identify the different challenges and best practices. The following topics were addressed: experience in international cooperation, experiences in the implementation and management of projects under the Eramus + programme, main challenges faced and dissemination of project results.

The LikeHome Project Meeting took place at EOPPEP in Athens, Greece on the 1st and 2nd of June.

Partners from nine institutions met together to review the project progress, deliverables and expected outputs. The action plan for the next period has been also agreed, in line with the project description.

The 2nd ENHANCE National Workshop brought together leaders, managers, researchers, lectures, R&I Unit staff and students from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Research Centres, Science and Technology (S&T) authorities, private companies from different sectors (agriculture products, tourism, manufacturing of electronic products, candy industry and wine and distilled beverage industry)  and relevant stakeholders in Vietnam.​

One more National Workshop will be organised in the framework of the ENHANCE project in order to involve relevant stakeholders and stimulate relevant discussions which may bring good ideas for projects, policies, other activities etc.

Today, Friday 26th May, has taken place the Regional Promotional Round Table “Training needs for the management of semi-professional sports clubs” at the University of Alicante organised by the International Project Management Office (OGPI), in the framework of the Erasmus+ project “sportGO – How to lead a sport club to a successful future”.

During 22– 3 May, Denise Galvin represented OGPI at the final conference held in the framework of Tempus Project SD@UHZ.

The beneficiary Universiteti Haxi Zehka, Peja Kosovo received Capacity Building in the form of International Relations, New Approaches in Teaching Methodologies, Seminars for Students, Digitisation of the university internal systems and E-learning trainings, all facilitated by OGPI.

During the period 11 to 19 May, 2017 Denise Galvin represented OGPI as a participant in the study visit conducted in 3 universities in Kazakhstan in the framework of the ERASMUS+ Project IQAT which is co-ordinated by Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague.
S. Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University, Astana; Kazakh Leading Academy for Architecture and Civil Engineering, Almaty; and, Karaganda State Technical University, Karaganda are in the process of implementing Quality Assurance systems for higher education in their individual institutions.

LOGIC TEMPUS project final conference "Bilan et Perspectives" took place in Fes, Morocco the 10-11 of May. 
LOGIC aims to improve learning and employment opportunities for youth and promote Life Long Learning (LLL) in SNA societies at large, through an integrated LLL concept in partner HEIs as a pilot action in line with the Tempus regional priorities.

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.