On the 12h July the UA team took part of the ICSE conference “Elevating Innovation for Sustainable Development of Special Needs Education-ICSE” conference organized by UNESA. 

During the Plenary Session, Dr. Roberto Escarré presented the INDOEDUC4ALL project and discussed about the Implementation of Inclusive Education in Higher Education in Europe. INDOEDUC4ALL is a capacity building project, funded by the European Commission, aimed at supporting Indonesian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the development of capacities of its members in addressing the educational need of students with disabilities. The project will also help partner universities to ensure education accessibility for students with disabilities, building up Disability Support Units equipped with assistive technologies.

On the 20-25th May, 4 students from South East Asia participated in the social innovation week organized by the UA as part of the SEASIN project financed under the Erasmus + programme. 

The week experience on social innovation focused on improving students’ understanding on social innovation (education, support for social innovation projects and enterprises etc.) in Europe. During the social innovation week SEASIN students met some of the social innovation projects from Alicante and speak with it main actors. They has also the chance to interacted with students from the University of North Florida (U.S) during the international social innovation course provided by Prof. Enric Bas, Director of Futurlab.

On July 15 and 16 took place the first ANTENA Project’s First National Round Table and Coordination Meeting, held at De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila (The Philippines). ANTENA Project, an initiative co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by OGPI, aims to boost the internationalization of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs).

During the event initial findings from the national survey it conducted on internationalization in and of Philippine HEIs. ADMU School of Management-Business Resource Center Director John Luis Lagdameo pointed out the top four barriers to mobility in three sectors (student, faculty, and administration and staff):

Members of the EMINENT project participated in succeeding Study Visits in Vienna (Austria) and Cork (Ireland) from May 27th to May 31st. These activities have been devised with the intention to generate a space to share practices and foster mutual learning between the European and Haitian partners within the framework of capacity building action.

 

As such, during the first segment of the Study Visits in Vienna (Austria), EMINENT partners were hosted by  Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Austria (AQ Austria). For two days, Haitian, Irish and Spanish colleagues were introduced to accreditation and audit practices within the field of Quality Assurance in Higher Education. EMINENT consortium made the most of the opportunity to build upon the shared expertise, reflecting and orientating project activities within the area of Quality Assurance units definition as well as networking frameworks.

Representatives of 12 Libyan Higher Education Institutions, members of the  WHEEL project, congregated from 8th April 2019 to 11th April 2019 to celebrate the Kick Off Meeting of the project. WHEEL is a Capacity Building Higher Education project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, which is coordinated by Università Degli Studi di Genova.

 

The project aims to improve management and operation of the Libyan higher education institutions. WHEEL will achieve that goal by setting up a Network of Libyan universities as a learning platform to foster the modernization and strategic planning of the university system in the country, as well as, devising concrete policy proposals to meet the social and political challenges of Libya. The University of Alicante, relying upon its expertise on international project management and capacity building, will provide support to this project as partners.

On March 2019, the II Training of Trainers took place in Zhanjiang (China), organized and hosted by Lingnan Normal University. The Training was attended by more than 60 participants from 14 Chinese Higher Education Instituions.

During this training, entittled "Intellectual Property Policies for Universities. The Aim, the Structure and the Content", the participants discussed IP Policies at the Universities, from the general overview of the role and importance of IP Policies to the universities, to the basic content of IP Policies, to the specific issues to be covered by IP Policies.

From 12th March to 15th March 2019, a delegation of the International Project Management Office (OGPI), together with representatives from Student Support Center of the University of Alicante, participated in the 1st PACES Workshop on Employability of Higher Education Graduates with Special Needs and the PACES Mid-Project Management Meeting in the city of Cairo (Egypt).

During the event, they joined colleagues from 4 universities from Morocco, 4 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from  Egypt, 1 from Slovenia, 1 from Greece and 1 from United Kingdom. It  was a very productive opportunity to share expertise on accessibility to Higher Education, work with student with disabilities and discuss issues linked to international project management strategies within the sector of Higher Education. Partners also reached important agreements to orientate the implementation of future activities in the project, which comprise the creating of Volunteer Support Scheme at partners institutions lead by the University of Alicante.

El próximo 30 de Enero se va a llevar a cabo en la Universidad de Alicante un curso de formación sobre Herramientas para la capacitación con personas migradas y refugiadas.

Esta formación está reconocida para la Acreditación como Mediador Intercultural ante la Generalitat Valenciana y se realiza en el contexto del Proyecto Likehome, que intregra a nueve organizaciones de siete países europeos (España, Grecia, Bélgica, Alemania, Suecia, Italia y Austria) y busca fomentar la inclusión de migrantes y refugiados recién llegados a los sistemas de educación del país anfitrión, a la economía local y a la sociedad en general.

Thirty representatives of four Indonesian universities have visited the University of Alicante to work in the INSPIRE project, an erasmus+ project that aims to boost social entrepreneurship in Indonesian higher education institutions. Juan Llopis, Vice Chancellor of International Relations of the UA, welcomed the representatives from the Indonesian Universities involved in this project, which was launched in October 2017 and will end in 2020, aims to promote business mentality and innovation in higher education institutions in Indonesia, strengthening cooperation between the university and the company for a better employability of social entrepreneurs, and increase their relevance to the labor market and society.

The V2WORK project, coordinated by the University of Alicante, held its second training of trainers module at the Industrial University of Vinh, in Vinh City, Vietnam. The module, for Career Centre staff from eight universities in Vietnam, was delivered by staff from the University of Alicante and the University of Coimbra from October 16th to 18th.

 

Centred on the Labour Market and the global economy, and the identification of trends on employability for graduates, the training module aimed at:

  • Offering knowledge on methodologies and tools for the analysis of labour markets.
  • Identifying different strategies for university observatories to improve the career centres’ ability to prepare students and graduates for the labour market.
  • Identifying ways to use the labour observatories’ outputs to assess the universities in terms of employability of their students and graduates.
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