DEFINE partners met on 1st December for a project coordination meeting bringing together representatives from the seven partner institutions from Austria, Denmark, Spain, Italy and France. The objective of the meeting was presenting the training materials, virtual games and videos on digital financial literacy specially tailored for seniors developed by project partners and discuss the next steps for a successful project implementation.

Víctor F. Climent, UA Employment Center Technician and Associated Professor of the University of Alicante -Department of Sociology, together with representatives from OGPI-UA, participated on 26th November 2020, in the INSPIRE Online Final Conference, which was hosted online by Parahyangan Catholic University from Bandung (Indonesia). Víctor F. Climent delivered a summary presentation on the Best Practices examples from EU partners on social entrepreneurship support within the context of Higher Education, which has contributed to enrich Indonesian exposure to this topic and study adaptation to their own context.

The virtual event was attended by all INSPIRE consortium members from Austria, Poland and  Indonesia with an outstanding turnout of more 250 participants from all relevant stakeholders groups: students, higher education management, private sector and international agencies, including  Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam. During the conference, partners dialogued on the concepts on social entrepreneurship and its applications to Indonesia as well as reviewing the main outputs of the INSPIRE project. The conference was adorned with inspiring audio-visual material from students involved in project activities and traditional performances from Indonesia which helped to reinforce project ownership and appropriation of the results. This final conference represent a crucial milestone for the INSPIRE project, pushing towards sustainable promotion of the interplay of business-university policy within the field of social entrepreneurship in Indonesia.

The OPEN project held its 1st training of trainers module which due to the COVID-19 emergency was organised on-line from November 9th to 12th, 2020 for the staff from 5 Universities International Relations Offices and Ministry of Education and Sports in Lao PDR. The training was jointly delivered by the University of Alicante and the University of Bologna.

This workshop was centered on the following topics:

  • Globalisation vs. Internationalisation
  • Introduction to Fundraising and Project Management
  • Information and communications technologies for IROs.

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.

The V2WORK project, coordinated by the University of Alicante, has created a new network to further develop the close cooperation between V2WORK project partners, and to extend its positive impact to other Vietnamese Higher Education Institutions (HEIs): the Vietnam Employability and Entrepreneurship Support Network or VEES-Net.

VEES - NET has a vision to be a sustainable network of Vietnamese HEIs to support career services with a view to promoting greater employability and developing a spirit and culture of entrepreneurship among HEIs. Its mission is to increase the employability and the entrepreneurship efforts of HEI students and graduates, enabling higher levels of success and professional achievement, and to promote the development and affirmation of HEI career services as an essential structure and of the greatest importance in fulfilling the institution's mission to train and qualify young people for qualified professional activities that generate social and economic development.

In the framework of the Erasmus+ project MATE – An Innovative, Student-Centered Approach to Intercultural Skills Acquisition for Students and Young Migrants, coordinated by M.M.C. Mediterranean Management Centre (Cyprus), the University of Alicante implemented 5 “Report Racism” Workshops. 

The aim of the workshops was to help students comprehend how dominant discourses – often carrying bias, stereotypes, and ill perceptions – are formed and reproduced. The main topic of the workshops – Hate Speech – was divided in five subtopics, comprising the five modules of the curriculum and corresponding to important aspects of the “Hate Speech phenomenon”, as discussed and decided by the MATE partnership.

The CUDIMHA Second Steering Committee Meeting, originally scheduled in Alicante, took place on October 28th 2020 at the Webex platform because of COVID-19 restrictions. The meeting aimed to verify all the activities that have been developed so far. All participants and WP leaders updated the consortium on the tasks they are coordinating. The Steering Committee worked as well on final decisions to be taken in order to get started with the first semester of the Master (opening online on November the 9th, 2020). During the meeting FORMIT presented e-formar, an on-line learning platform that will be used for Master implementation on a distance.

On 20th and 21st July 2020, the International Conference “Sustainable Tourism: Shaping a better future” took place at Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Bangkok Menam Riverside Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the Faculty of Business Administration, Kasetsart University. The conference was attended by more than 100 delegates representing universities, regional institutions and tourist organisations from Asia, Europe and North America. The participants who were unable to travel to Thailand due to the COVID virus pandemic followed the conference online.

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.

EMINENT has finished its Online Training with the celebration of the last combination of Masterclass and Tutorial Meetings on Self-Evaluation of Study Programmes, led by the University College Cork (Ireland) from 13th July to 17th July and in close collaboration with Haitian partners.

As a pioneer institution on Quality Assurance policy in Europe and drawing upon their extensive expertise on this field, the University College Cork framed a training centered around the concepts of Self-evaluation and learning outcomes formulation. With this purpose, the University College of Cork delivered a Masterclass which covered in-depth all the practical aspects of these concepts, looking into the details of operationalization, data collection and organizational elements of the Self-Evaluation process but also analysing the intricacies of  reformulating study programmes according to learning outcomes.

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