OPEN Consortium organised the 2nd OPEN Online Training throughout the months of June and July. Representatives from the 5 Laotian Higher Education institutions of the OPEN consortium and the Ministry of Education gather together to take part in these meetings. They worked on successive theoretical and practical sessions of training, scheduled during the whole month on to instruct and guide them through the process of formulating their Internationalisation Strategic Plans.

ACCESS consortium held its VII coordination virtual meeting on 22nd July 2021. Participants had the opportunity to examine the work undertaken during the last 6 months, working exclusively on remote basis from the beginning of 2021. The virtual gathering was attended by delegates from Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Greece and Spain,  representing all the 13 Higher Education Institutions and  3 national Ministries of Education which take part in the ACCESS project

Over the last year and a half, the Higher Education sector over the world has been seen affected by the current pandemic crisis. The HEIs were forced to reinvent themselves in order to keep up with the expected quality levels of teaching and performance. Cambodian Institutions, partners of the Erasmus+ CBHE project BALANCE are not the exception. Lately working remotely, using virtual communication platforms has become a reality and efficient alternative. To maintain the project running the consortium has been gathering online each 2 months to evaluate the progress of the activities, share experiences and doubts, overcome obstacles and mitigate any delay. During the last Virtual meeting, held on June, 17th, 2021, the University of Alicante updated partners on the advances made within the definition of the indicators for the communication platform and their work with the MoEYS as well as a progress made with the White paper drafting after collecting questionnaires from KH HEIs. The 1st version to be presented during the next on-line meeting.

At its final stage the University of Alicante organized last Tuesday, 29th of June, Digital Humanist multiplier event. The objective was showcase the intellectual outputs developed in the framework of the project in the national version. The event took place online and attracted 13 participants from different areas: university professors, archaeologists, specialist in conservation of architectural heritage, manager of cultural assets and director of museum. It was chaired by Daniel Tejerina, project key researcher, where he presented the role of the University of Alicante and main results achieved in cooperation with the department of the Virtual Heritage (Patrimonio Virtual)

On last Monday,28th of June, Erasmus+ project Digital Humanist held its Final event. Due to the current COVID situation it was organised online with the participation of 9 partner institutions from 5 EU countries (Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece and Poland). From the University of Alicante Daniel Tejerina, main researcher, and Olga Bloshchinska, project manager, participated. The main objective of this meeting was for each partner, to present their experience in the project and the results obtained in the experimental phase. The overall impact of the project is considered as high and has been positively evaluated by each institution.

Today, Wednesday June 16th, 2021, the ANTENA project - Internationalization of Higher Education at the Philippines Network  held the III Online Conference entitled International Accreditation, an event organized by the University of Alicante in coordination with EFMD. The conference was given by Dr. Christophe Terrasse, Director EFMD International Projects, with his extensive experience in the subject offered to all participants a substantial “Menu” of knowledge.

More than 100 participants from Costa Rica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic took part in the 3rd Online Training of the ACCESS Project, organized on May 26 and 31, 2021. The workshop was given by the University of Macedonia (Greece), combining face-to-face methodology via virtual meeting and reflections in groups through autonomous work in guided practices on scientific and informative material previously prepared in emotional intelligence applied to students with disabilities and the application of the social model of disability within the educational environment. These trainings are especially aimed at the members of the support centers for students with disabilities, academic professionals and key service personnel of the partner Higher Education Institutions as well as representatives from the Ministries of Higher Education of the ACCESS consortium member countries. They are main stakeholders of Higher Education system who should become driving forces behind the construction of a more inclusive and open university space for all in the Higher Education Institutions of Costa Rica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, and in general throughout the whole Latin America

The University of Alicante delivered an online training on Social Impact Assessment within the framework of the MORALE project from 18th to 20th May 2021. Representatives from 7 Lebanese and Syrian Higher Education Institutions together with more 50 NGO professionals from the region were taught by Dr. Guadalupe Ortiz, Senior Lecturer of the Sociology Department from the University of Alicante. The participants were provided with an in-depth understanding of the core concepts and methodological steps of the Social Impact Assessment discipline and reflected upon its implementation on NGO actions measured according to social impacts within their own contexts. The MORALE project is part of the Capacity Building Higher Education initiative, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union in Lebanon and Syria. It aims at improving NGO capacities by collaborating with Higher Education providers in the region and is coordinated by the Beirut Arab University.

On April 29 – 30, the University of Alicante organised the last workshop in the framework of MATE project entitled “How to design a public communication and awareness campaign for digital, online and social environments”. Due to current situation the training took place on-line and involved 14 students from different academic backgrounds. The aim of the workshop was to help students through short lectures on communicational and technological topics initially to comprehend issues on hate speech and the forms it is expressed and afterwards to be able to create their own personal campaign via the production of short duration audiovisual spots which would convey their aspect on racism and xenophobia.

The University the Alicante participated in the Erasmus+ INNOVA project virtual Kick Off Meeting from 3rd to 5th March 2021. Led by the Coordinator, the University San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca from Sucre (Bolivia), all INNOVA consortium members partaken with representatives from  universities from Bolivia, Paraguay, Ireland and Spain.  The Ministries of Education from Bolivia and Paraguay also joined the meeting. The main goal of this meeting was officially launching the project INNO VA project, introduce partners to each other and agree upon the strategy to implement first project actions.                                         

The virtual meeting compromised 3 days of agenda in which INNOVA project was presented to partners as well as the different participant institutions. It was followed by an in-dept discussion on the strategies to organise activities across the diverse Workpackages of the project, focusing particularly on the initial articulation of the Needs Analysis, dissemination and quality control interventions. Finally, partners debated the organizational structure of the INNOVA project together with the administrative and financial schemes to enable project actions.

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