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No. 24 - June/July, 2018

URV International

“This academic year at the URV has made me more professional and self-reliant”


The Cambodian student Uksa Noun has studied for a year at the URV Faculty of Business and Economics after receiving a grant from an Erasmus Mundus project. | » More

The IMPAKT project finishes with 11 student and staff exchanges and with proposals for new projects


It concluded after enabling 10 people to complete training visits at the URV and one researcher to study at another institution. | » More

The Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa and the URV strengthen their relations


The two institutions are already joined by a collaboration agreement and the purpose now is to generate opportunities related to the port authorities. | » More

Successful conclusion to the staff training course “La Internacionalització, cosa de tots”


The course is part of the European SUCTI project coordinated by the URV and is being replicated by the URV’s partner universities in Portugal, Italy, Germany and Poland. | » More

The URV consolidates its relations with the Trade Co-operative University of Moldova


The two universities are working together to enable MBA students from the Moldavian institution and students on the URV’s Master’s Degree in Business Management to obtain a double diploma. | » More

200 technicians meet at the seminars of Higher Education Erasmus+ Mobility in the University of Cantabria


The seminars focused on student and staff mobility between member states of the Erasmus+ programme and between member states and partners outside the EU in 2018. | » More

A delegation from Beijing learns about teaching and research in health


During the visit, various opportunities were explored for collaboration between China and the URV, the IISPV and the Sant Joan University Hospital in Reus. | » More

The URV seeks new opportunities at the NAFSA annual conference


NAFSA, organised by the Association of International Educators, is the world’s biggest conference in the field of the internationalisation of Higher Education. | » More

Getting on track for the upcoming international mobility stays


The beginning of the 2018-19 academic year is fast approaching and the International Center is starting a new hectic period of paperwork and procedures to ensure that all international student and staff mobility visits happen. | » More

Seminar on teaching professionalisation strategies in various countries


Experts debate initial training profiles, classroom methodologies, internationalisation and the role of universities in providing lifelong training to teachers. | » More

American students study at the URV to learn about the health system


For the third time, the Faculty of Nursing is hosting students from James Madison University in the United States via the Study Abroad programme. | » More

The URV internationalisation strategy is presented at the Academic Cooperation Association seminar


Through its European Policy Seminars, ACA strives to keep stakeholders and practitioners up-to-date on the hottest topics and developments in higher education. | » More

The URV is the 78th best university in the world under the age of 50, according to Times Higher Education

The URV promotes its postgraduate and doctoral courses in Peru

The URV is in the top 100 European universities for teaching excellence, according to Times Higher Education

“Catalan sounds really good” says student Ágota Sipos

The URV joins the Demola platform to find solutions to the challenges facing businesses and institutions

Students from Lamar University repeat their learning experience at the URV

Linguists from around the world meet at the URV for the 28th Colloquium of Generative Grammar

Bachelor’s and doctoral students participate in the Forum of Young People for the Mediterranean along with people from 20 countries

Researcher Jordi Miró is elected councillor of the International Association for the Study of Pain

More than 150 people from around the world gather at the URV to discuss utopia from various academic perspectives
Dear colleagues,

I’d like to take the opportunity of this editorial to introduce myself, to those of you who do not know me, as your new Vice-Rector for Internationali-zation. I am very grateful to our new rectora, Maria José Figueras, for giving me this responsibility, which I consider an honour and a privilege, and I promise to serve the URV in the area of internationalization to the best of my abilities. I know I am not starting from zero, quite the opposite. A lot has been done already and I want to begin by thanking my predecessors in this position, for their tireless efforts, and everyone who has contributed in one way or another to making the URV the international institution it is today.

On this occasion I would also like to share part of my vision with you, a vision of a university that thinks, acts and projects itself internationally for the benefit of all of those in the URV community: students, academic and non-academic staff alike. In the programme we presented on the way to winning the elections in May, we made it very clear that we stand for the people, and for an institution that actively includes all its members. In my opinion the same is true for the internationalization process: we are all a key part of that process. And yes, that means you, too!

I had the opportunity in my first days as vice-rector to attend a session in which participants in the course “La Internacionalització, cosa de tots” (part of the SUCTI project run by the URV) gave presentations of projects for internationalizing the areas in which they work. I was not only impressed with the range of excellent ideas which emerged, but also by the commitment of everyone on the course: trainers and participants alike, all of them peers, who now understand more about the importance of internationalization. The course allowed them to share their ideas and concerns and to consider how to contribute to this important process from their own job position. I don’t doubt that within our community there are many more people with excellent ideas on how to make our institution more international. I am keen to find out these ideas, and to develop them together, with a view to putting them into practice.

Like anyone in a new job, I am currently on a fast learning curve, as I get to know the ‘ins and outs’ of the URV internationalization process. I am sure that there will be a lot more that I can share in the future. For now, I would like you to know that I am always open to your suggestions, which you are welcome to send to me or to present in person. My office door is open! I am very much looking forward to working with all of you to make our institution the most international URV it can be.
P.S. Please feel free to send any comments or suggestions to:

John Style
—Vice-Rector for Internationalization
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