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No. 17 - February 2017/ March 2017

URV International

The URV joins the Catalan delegation to the 12th APAIE Conference

24/03/2017

A total of 6 Catalan universities attended the conference in the Catalan booth, which was organised by the Inter-University Council of Catalonia and the Catalan Association for Public Universities.| » More

Ten URV students attend the UNPAR International Student Conference in Bali

30/03/2017

The topic of the conference was “Water, Energy and Food Nexus: Striving for a better future” and it was organized by Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) in Indonesia.| » More

Alice Dien: “It’s not just been about learning, we have had fun too, and all that in one of the most beautiful places in the world”

30/03/2017

This fourth year student from Agricultural Engineering has participated in the International Student Conference on Global Citizenship in Indonesia.| » More

Japanese students attend a Study Abroad programme at the URV from 13 to 25 March

14/03/2017

Students from Hiroshima University participate in two seminars, one on human rights and the other on Spanish language and culture.| » More

URV International Staff Week on best practices in comprehensive internationalization

27/03/2017

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili is celebrating its third International Staff Week from 8 to 12 May. This year’s edition will deal with “Best Practices in Comprehensive Internationalization”.| » More

A group of students from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign visits the Faculty of Education Sciences and Psychology

27/03/2017

From 20 to 24 March, the URV’s Faculty of Education Sciences and Psychology organised a programme to enable students from one of the most renowned universities in the USA to participate with students from the faculty in a series of activities and workshops.| » More

A delegation from York St John University visits the URV and the
I-Center

20/03/2017

The visit helped to strengthen the links between both universities.| » More

Outgoing mobility students 2017-18 are preparing their stay

31/03/2017

The almost 450 URV students who have obtained a place on the international mobility programme for the 2017/18 academic year are now preparing to be admitted to their host institutions.| » More

 

News in brief

  • Welcome meeting for international mobility students
    At the start of each semester, the International Center welcomes the international mobility students who come to study or carry out internships at the URV’s various faculties and schools. 
    This semester a total of 4 meetings have been held on the URV’s Sescelades and Catalunya Campuses and have been attended by over 150 of the 200 mobility students that the URV will receive for this second semester.
    In addition to explaining the administrative procedures that the students have to complete, the meetings are also an opportunity to provide them with their URV cards and folders, their usernames and passwords for the URV’s online services and information about Tarragona and Reus, and to resolve any questions or problems that they may have regarding the university and its surroundings. Apart from being informative, the welcome meetings also enable newly arrived students to get to know each other and to share their experiences with each other.

  • The Universitat Rovira i Virgili calls for applications for 25 new predoctoral research fellowships
    As part of the Martí i Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme, the URV has announced the call for 25 new fellowships for predoctoral researchers in different research areas. The candidates will start their three-year contracts in October 2017. 
    The predoctoral fellows will receive multidisciplinary and cross-sector training thanks to the collaboration of more than 30 organisations that support this initiative, which is jointly funded by the European Union through the COFUND programme.
    The call for applications is open from 15 February to 15 April 2017. 

  • Last I-Networks applications period
    The third and last I-Networks 2016/17 applications period begins on 3 April and will close on 17 April 2017.
    These grants promote the participation of the entire URV community in activities organised by the networks of which the URV is a member. The grants are open to students and staff and cover up to €1000 of expenses.

  • The URV takes its postgraduate courses to Latin America and Asia to attract international talent
    This March the University has taken part in a number of international fairs in Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Taiwan.

  • The URV attends the Forum on Education Abroad conference
    The URV Foundation has attended the 13th Annual Forum on Education Abroad held from 29 to 31 March in Seattle (USA). Under the slogan Creating & Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum, the conference welcomed 1319 attendees from different countries. This year's conference focused on the student experience as it is incorporated into their overall academic experience, personal growth and career development.
    The conference consisted of sessions, workshops and plenaries about topics such as the re-entry of study-abroad students and how to deal with political changes as an international student. This conference is held at a different venue in the USA every year and brings together education-abroad professionals from different countries.

  • The URV launches the series “Science in 1 minute” to explain scientific concepts quickly and understandably
    In 2016 the Universitat Rovira i Virgili’s Unit of Scientific Communication developed a new educational and communication tool

  • Kick-off meetings of KA2 Capacity Building projects
    The URV is partner to three Erasmus+KA2 Capacity Building projects. The first is called BOOST and is coordinated by the Armenian State Pedagogical University (ASPU). It is dedicated to fostering and promoting the international dimension of Armenian Higher Education (HE) through the development of a national and institutional policy framework and tools. The second is WELCOME and is coordinated by the Technical University of Catalonia (Spain). It is intended to enhance the international dimension of Kazakh and Chinese higher education institutions by defining and implementing strategic and marketing methodologies to facilitate and increase the numbers of incoming foreign students, professors and researchers. The third is ROAD and is coordinated by the Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisboa (Portugal). Its goal is to develop a retraining system in strategic management competencies for high level civil servants in Uzbekistan to ensure a strong, modern and efficient civil service.
    The kick-off meetings for these 3 projects were held in February and March.
Editorial

Dear colleagues and friends,

Soon we will break up for a very well deserved Easter holiday.

The first three months of the year have gone by very fast and were full of international activities: we have received several visits from partners, some of our students went to Bali to a Student Seminar that they enjoyed tremendously, we have received our good partners from Hiroshima University for their yearly study abroad programme at the URV and I have attended one of the leading international conferences in international higher education, the APAIE in Taiwan, where we were able to identify more promising international prospects.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that on 23 February the University Senate agreed to offer bachelor degrees to international students from outside the EU. This is yet another step in the right direction for making our university even more international.

Another important development at the beginning of the year has been the mobility process, which for the first time was conducted entirely through the MoveOn platform. All students wishing to go on mobility next year have had to submit their applications via the platform and all the URV’s mobility coordinators have done an excellent job of adapting to the new system and processing the applications. I would like to thank them all for their invaluable efforts! Thanks to their hard work, 450 URV students will be having an unforgettable experience abroad during the 2017-18 academic year.

A very important information session for all these students was held on 30 March at the URV’s Catalunya Campus and retransmitted live to every faculty in the University. A recording of the session is also available online. I would also like to mention here the herculean efforts of the International Center during this complex process. We all work together for the benefit of our students’ international experiences.

Another new development is that this year all outgoing students will be trained in intercultural communication before they go abroad. The training is provided by the Language Service and will help them to be better prepared for their semester or year abroad.

In other news, the International Center provided a session for the new mobility coordinators from the Faculty of Education Sciences and Psychology. They attended an intensive session at the I-Center where they received information on all the international processes carried out there and were able to get answers to all their questions. This has led to the creation of the “Get to know the I-Center” sessions, which will be open to anyone at the URV. You will all receive more information on this very soon.
 
Finally, I would like to thank you for signing up to receive the International Newsletter. We are happy with the large number of subscribers who have signed up, but there may still be many people who are not aware of this change to the international newsletter.

We would appreciate if you could tell your colleagues about it and invite them to sign up as well, so that as many people as possible can keep up with our university’s international activities.

Have a great Easter break!
 

Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana
—Vice-Rector for Internationalisation
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