ACCESS partners met on 17th November 2020 for the third project coordination meeting, bringing together representatives of higher education institutions from Costa Rica, Cuba and Dominican Republic, the Ministries of Higher Education of these Latin American countries, the University of Macedonia and the University of Alicante, the project coordinator. The objective of the meeting was to present the current status of the project and a specific action plan for the next 12-months including mitigation actions in light of the current pandemic. Project partners approved the updated workplan that transformed some of the project activities into remote activities, without losing their expected impact and guaranteeing a successful transition to online actions in the short term.

From the 20th to the 22nd of July 2020 the 1stACCESS training “Inclusive Education: Context and Background” was conducted on-line, jointly delivered by the University of Alicante (UA) and the University of Macedonia (UOM).

This first training was supposed to be held on the same dates at the University of Macedonia in Greece, together with a study visit and a coordination meeting. However, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, in order to continue with the project activities as initially planned, the training was conducted on-line using the Livestorm webinar platform. The use of this platform has allowed sharing presentation and videos, questions and answer sessions, a practical workshop and open discussions with moderation by the project coordinator, UA. Furthermore, the three sessions have been recorded allowing partners to view the sessions at any time.

On June 9, 2020, the first coordination meeting of the ACCESS project was held, bringing together representatives of 2 higher education institutions from Costa Rica, 4 from Cuba and 5 from the Dominican Republic, the Ministries of Higher Education of these Latin American countries, the University of Macedonia and the University of Alicante, the project coordinator. The meeting, scheduled for July at the University of Macedonia, Greece, was held virtually because of the current inability of the project partners to travel. The objective of the meeting was to present the current status of the project, the next activities to be carried out and the responsibilities of the partners. During the meeting a question-and -answer session was established to solve the doubts of the partners both at technical and financial level. Also, for the review of the financial aspects of the project an evaluation test was conducted among all the attendees, being the dynamics of the meeting more participative.

The University of Alicante, as a European reference in accessibility, sustainability and internationalization, brings together more than 100 representatives of universities and ministries from Latin America, Asia and Europe in an open dialogue to strengthen the Higher Education system by means of European Erasmus+ funds.

From the 3rd to the 6th of March 2020, the University of Alicante welcomed rectors, academic vice-rectors and managers from 35 universities -both public and private- and ministries from Laos, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Austria, Greece and Spain. The reason for this meeting was the launch of the "ACCESS", "MYSUN" and "OPEN" projects, financed by the European Union with the participation of the International Project Management Office (OGPI) of the University of Alicante.

On 27-28th of January 2020, the International Project Management Office (OGPI) of the University of Alicante took part in the Grant Holders' Meeting organised in Brussels by the European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

This two-day event dedicated to the representatives of CBHE projects selected in 2019 under the Call for proposals EAC/A03/2018 aimed to address in detail issues related to the implementation of the CBHE project, the operational management of the grant agreement and the financial rules applicable to the CBHE grant.

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