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   No. 7 - March/April, 2015


I hope you’re having a nice Spring! With the new season we are starting to see new projects in our university.

One of the new projects that have been born is the new rule past by the University Senate, which gives masters completely taught in a third language more credits per hour. I am hopeful that this will help develop more master degrees in English at URV (or in any other foreign language), thus having a very positive impact on the internationalization of our institution.

This is an important step in the right direction, but there are a lot more that we can take: let’s start having more subjects in English both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Yes, I know that by giving a subject in English, this does not make this subject “international” by definition, but it definitely becomes more attractive to international students and it also helps local students improve their English level. If, on top of that, we manage to involve the international students in our classrooms and profit from their presence, if we introduce international bibliography and case studies from different contexts, we will be working on our internationalization at home, thus working on better preparing our own students for the global labour market, on training tomorrow’s global citizens.

I am writing this editorial some days after my travel to Beijing, where a delegation from Catalan universities is participating in the APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) Conference with participants from all over the world. It is impressive to see so many universities from everywhere fully committed to internationalise, to collaborate with other institutions, to becoming better and more competitive. And URV is one of them indeed.

There is so much that is being done from all corners of the university. This is an open invitation to all of you to send us news on your international projects, your international triumphs, which we will publish in this newsletter to let them known to the whole URV community. Let us congratulate ourselves on everything that we are doing right, which is already so much!

 

Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana   

Vice-Rector for Internationalisation 
 
NEWS IN BRIEF

>> The Housing Chair of URV subscribed to the international journal Housing Studies, leading studies on housing, and it is available to all the university community.

>> The URV has been awarded with EMQEI funding by AGAUR to develop the project "URV - Twin universities" with the aim of improving the quality, eficiency and internationalisation. This project will be carry out by the Faculty of Arts, the Schools of Enginineering and Chemical Engineering and the Faculty of Tourism and Geography.

>> The URV condemns the attack
on the international university community in Kenya.

 
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The ACUP and the Government of Catalonia promote catalan public universities at the APAIE, the largest education fair in Asia
The Association of Catalan Public Universities (ACUP) and the Catalan Government participate in the annual conference of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), one of the world's most important education fairs and the major one in Asia, which is held in Beijing from 23 to 26 March 2016. The Catalan delegation will include representatives of the ACUP, the Government of Catalonia, UB, UAB, UPC, UPF, URV, UdG, UdL and UVIC universities.
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Selection committee of EMINENCE II programme at Poznan
EMINENCE II is a partnership of 20 universities from the European Union (5 HEIs from Poland, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Sweden ) and Eastern neighbouring regions (8 HEIs from Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, and 7 HEIs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia). The project will offer 155 scholarships for students (undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral) and for staff (academic and administrative) to be awarded for both sides candidates.
The URV has been a member of the Selection Committee for the Erasmus Mundus scholarships 2015-2016 that has been held in Adam Mickievizc University in Poznan on the 15th to 17th of February.
There are 12 selected students who will spend the full academic year with us, they are undergradute and master students. And 2 academics and 1 phd from the URV will take part of this mobility programme during the next academic year. 
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Employability at the LEO-Net Seminar 2015
The annual LEO-NET seminar in Barcelona was held on 16th and 17th of April, 2015. It was the 15th anniversary of LEO-Net. The seminar was attended by more than 30 experts in mobility for traineeships from 15 countries around Europe, such as Portugal, Turkey, The United Kingdom, Greece, Finland, Malta, and Belgium. The International Center of the URV took part in the seminar as a member of this network. This year LEO-Net's seminar dealt with sustainable employability and ways forward in the implementation of Erasmus+. LEO-Net, that stands for Levering Education into Organizations, is a network for Academic mobilities throughout Europe and beyond.
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Iona College visits URV in a mutual collaboration
On 5 March the URV’s I-Center was visited by Mr Jeff Tuner, who directs programmes in Spain for New York State’s Iona College. The purpose of his visit was to get to know our university and discuss the possibility of mutual collaboration between both institutions in the form of a Study Abroad programme whereby students from Iona College would attend classes taught in English at the URV.
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The URV provides training for internationalisation staff from European universities
The International Staff Training Week 2015 was held from 23 to 27 March at the URV’s Campus Catalunya and brought together European experts in internationalization. The aim was to provide training which attendees could then apply at their own institutions.
 
The International Week brought together 13 professionals working at European universities in the Santander Group European Universities' Network. All work in the international offices of their respective universities in Spain, Poland, Germany, Romania, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Britain and the USA.
 
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INU General Council
From 22 to 26 February the members of the International Network of Universities (INU) met at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University at Port Elizabeth in South Africa. The URV has been a member of the INU since 2010. It is a global network of twelve universities who actively collaborate to create opportunities for their students, staff and faculty, of which the Summer Seminars in Hiroshima are a fine example. 
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New staff member from Finland joins the I-Center

Since early March the International Center has been ably assisted by Maija Tauriala, an international student from the University of Tampere (Finland), who is currently at the URV as part of the Erasmus+ traineeship international mobility programme.
 
Maija has comprehensive skills in management, marketing and communication, that is, areas that are particularly important to the International Centre. In addition to her native Finnish, she also speaks fluent English, German and Spanish.
 
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Forthcoming application period for exchange students
Exchange students wishing to study at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili during the 2015-16 academic year will be able to apply from 15 April 2015 until 15 June 2015.
 
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