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No. 2 - 30th September 2014

Dear URV member and colleague,

First of all, I would like to thank everybody so much for all the positive feedback we have received regarding the first Newsletter (July 14). Remember that all our news will be kept on the I-Center’s webpage, so you will always be able to read them.

In this second Newsletter, I would like to focus on the idea of “internationalisation at home”. I believe this concept is extremely important, especially for our university. We all know that internationalisation is not an end in itself and that it needs to have clear objectives whose main focus is on quality enhancement. However, it seems that too often internationalisation in higher education concentrates solely on student mobility numbers (i.e. students ‘in’ and students ‘out’).

We should not forget that despite the obvious benefits for their future careers, a significant number of our students will not have the opportunity to become mobility students during their degrees. This means that institutions must introduce concepts such as internationalization at home to their students’ daily lives if they are serious about promoting the international competences of their graduates.

Many European universities are currently drawing up strategic internationalization plans to specifically deal with these issues (you may remember that our Strategic Plan was passed by the Governing Council in 2013). However, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) there is no unique nor a magic formula for attaining this goal. Everybody is discussing best practices and formulas and sharing them in forums like the EAIE forum, held in Prague during the past month, or the CICUE seminar on language policy. I have come across universities that have implemented curricula with subjects taught in English, group work involving several different languages (depending on the foreign students registered for the subject), and online work with students in other countries, and so on.

But the most positive element of everything that I have encountered is that many of these “best practices” implemented by other higher education institutions are already being carried out at the URV. This shows that we are already familiar with the concept of “internationalisation at home”, because we have already started a bottom up process from classroom practices towards theory. Consequently I firmly believe we are on the right track.
I hope you have a good start to the semester!

Mar Gutiérrez-Colon Plana   

Vice-Rector for Internationalisation 
 
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Summer programme at the Beijing City University
Every year, during the month of July, Beijing City University (BCU) organizes a summer program before the end of the academic year.
BCU is the third largest University in China and is run as a private University, established in 1984.
To that end, BCU invites Professors and teachers from across the world to give specific lectures during a full week. The topics are selected by their international department, intended to expose students to different subjects, which normally are not part of the curriculum.
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Foreign students learn Catalan before starting the academic year
From August 27 to September 5, foreign students at URV could start learning Catalan. Just before school started in the first semester, the Language Service of the URV has offered the Catalan A1 level (the initial level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
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The most important higher education fair in Europe awards Catalan universities for its international work

The Catalan university system participates in the 26th edition of the Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) in Prague.
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Participation in the International Conference on Medical Education (AMEE)

Last August, the Medicine students Bultó Ramon and Antonio Dominguez participated in International Conference on Medical Education (AMEE 2014) held in Milan, Italy, within the framework of the subject "Scientific Imaging and Communication in Medicine" directed by Professor Maria Rosa Fenoll.
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