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No. 18 - April 2017/ May 2017

URV International

INTERVIEW: John Hudzik, Professor at Michigan State University


“Comprehensive internationalisation requires long-term commitment and continuous progress”.| » More

Internationalisation makes its presence felt during the 25th anniversary celebrations of the URV


The expert John Hudzik gives a talk on comprehensive internationalisation, which is followed by the presentation of the URV book "Comprehensive Internationalisation at the URV".| » More

URV International Staff Week on best practices in comprehensive internationalization


The Universitat Rovira i Virgili is celebrating its third International Staff Week from 8 to 12 May.| » More

Russian universities, potential collaborators with the URV


Contacts were established during the 6th edition of the Annual International Universities Networking Conference - IUNC Eurasia, in Moscow.| » More

The URV is the 76th best university in the world under the age of 50 according to Times Higher Education


The "Young University Ranking" by Times Higher Education has put the URV in 76th place out of a list of the top 200 universities in the world under the age of fifty.| » More

Students from Lamar University participate in a Study Abroad programme for engineers


Students from the College of Engineering at the American university completed an intensive programme from 23 May to 2 June.| » More

A delegation from the Shenzhen Polytechnic visits the URV


The visit, led by the vice-president, opened the doors to new possibilities of the URV and the Chinese university working together.| » More

The URV strengthens its collaboration with Ritsumeikan University


Two colleagues from this Japanese university have visited the URV during the two first weeks of May as part of the INU Network’s Staff Shadowing program.| » More

URV students attend the meeting to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme


The meeting in Barcelona allowed one hundred national and foreign students to exchange the personal, academic and administrative experiences that they have had thanks to the Erasmus programme.| » More

News in brief

  • Northeastern students Summer Research Program
    As one of the various forms of collaboration between the URV and Northeastern University, four students from this university are participating in the Summer Research Program at different laboratories in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry of the URV. The Summer Research Program is essentially an introduction to the world of research for undergraduate students. The students from Northeastern spend eight weeks in the laboratories during May and June so they can experience first-hand the challenges involved in carrying out a research project.

  • Asiatic Studies Meeting at Casa Asia
    On 18 May, the fifth Asiatic Studies Meeting was held at Casa Asia in Barcelona under the title “Promoting Student and Professor Mobility between Spain and China”. It was attended by around 100 professionals from thirty Chinese and more than twenty Spanish universities. The URV was among the latter, with representatives from the FURV and the International Centre and Professor Xavier López, head of the Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. | More.

  • CRUE Internationalisation and Cooperation
    On 18 and 19 May the Universitat de Lleida hosted the CRUE-Internationalisation and Cooperation meeting, which brought together all the Spanish Universities to discuss, share and learn from each other’s experiences in internationalisation and cooperation for development. The two days of the meeting included plenary sessions, presentations on the work done by the different working groups regarding certain topics of interest (such as managing emergencies, Internationalisation at home, language policies, etc.) and important updates from the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (SEPIE). The meeting also provided opportunities for networking and exchanging experiences and common concerns. The former rector of the URV, Francesc-Xavier Grau Vidal, opened the meeting with a speech entitled “Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local”.

  • Erasmus+ Studies mobility students to receive more funding this year
    At the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year, the funding received by the URV from the Erasmus+ studies programme via the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education was lower than in previous years. In order to provide for the mobility visits already assigned and to ensure that no student went without funding, the Office of the Vice-Rector for Internationalisation decided to reduce funding to cover mobility visits lasting a maximum of four months, one month less than in the 2015/16 academic year. The International Center has continued its efforts to obtain more funding and has finally been successful. Now, the funding received by the URV for mobility studies in EU member states is sufficient for visits lasting up to eight months. This effectively doubles the amount of funding initially made available and means that most students have been awarded grants that will cover the entire length of their mobility visits.

  • URV students, faculty and staff have had an opportunity to participate in three short-term INU programmes at Hiroshima University. Finally 5 students and 2 staff have been selected to attend these seminars: Both the Student Seminar and Master’s Summer School will focus on the theme “Free and Equal: The United Nations Turns to Human Rights Protection Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI).” The Nursing Workshop, returning in 2017, will focus on the theme “Global Perspectives on Quality and Safety: Improving Patient Outcomes.”
    Most of the selected attendance can also apply for a specific funding from the URV: I-Networks programme, to cover travel expenses.

Dear all,

As the spring semester is coming to a close, the number of international activities has only continued to grow. During the past few months, we have attended an international conference in Russia, where there is a lot of interest in our institution, the Postgraduate and Doctoral School has participated at the Fourth Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education, we have held the International Staff Week and we have launched a book marking 25 years of good practices in internationalisation at the URV.

In addition, we are seeing the successful conclusion to the first year of the DANG plan with professors who are now taking exams. Congratulations to all of them for their interest and hard work.
Registration for next year’s Pla Dang is now open, so if you weren’t able to sign up last year, you can do it now.

In terms of the internationalisation of our courses, the master’s and doctoral levels have always been highly internationalised. 33% of our PhD students and 21% of our master’s students are international. Now it is time to start thinking about our bachelor degrees and we are working hard to put everything in place to accept international students onto some of our bachelor’s programmes as well.

The university has taken a step forward in this field and now has a few programme coordinators who have signed agreements with other universities to create international double degree programmes.

As you can see, there are a lot of activities happening in the internationalisation arena and a lot still to be done, but with the contribution of each and every member of the URV community, we will continue advancing in the right direction.

Wishing you a great end of the spring semester!

Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana
—Vice-Rector for Internationalisation
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