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No. 13 - May/June, 2016

URV International

Hiroshima University and the URV will exchange students


An agreement signed between both universities will enable Japanese students to study at the URV and URV students to travel to Hiroshima. During his first visit to the URV, the rector of HU, Mitsuo Ochi, signed an agreement to increase the existing collaboration between the two universities.| » More

The URV reinforces its collaborations with Moroccan universities


The URV’s Vice-Rector for Internationalisation, Dr Mar Gutiérrez-Colón, and the Head of the International Center, Ms Marina Casals, paid an official visit to Morocco from 30 May to 4 June.| » More

The URV organises a training week on international strategic planning


As part of the Erasmus+ programme, the second edition of the International Staff Training Week brought together staff from various institutions in a dozen countries from 20 to 23 June at the URV’s Catalunya Campus. It was organised by the URV’s International Center, which has ample experience of strategic internationalisation plans.| » More

The URV strengthens its collaboration with Hungarian institutions


During a wide-ranging visit of Spain, the Széchenyi István University and the Hungarian General Consul in Barcelona made a brief stop on 6 May at the URV and the city of Tarragona to establish future modes of collaboration between both institutions. | » More
Shortly after, the deputy mayor of Györ visited the URV accompanied by the mascot of the European Youth Olympic Festival that will be organized in this Hungarian town in July 2017. The visit coincided with the presentation of the mascot of the Mediterranean Games that will take place in Tarragona in the same year.| » More

The URV and the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University begin working together


This American university visited the URV with a view to signing a mobility agreement. The object of FAMU’s visit was to learn more about the URV and the region and to discuss further collaboration between both institutions.| » More

Increased funding for the Erasmus+ programme


The CRUE-Internationalisation and cooperation seminar (5 and 6 May) and the SEPIE seminar on Higher Education Mobility (14 to 16 June) have provided all the necessary information on changes to the call for proposals for this year’s Erasmus+ programme.| » More

American Health Sciences students study abroad at the URV


From 23 May to 10 June fourteen students from James Madison University participated in the programme entitled Health Care in Spain: a Cross-cultural Exploration of Illness and Wellness at the URV’s Faculty of Nursing. The students were taught about the Spanish health system, learnt Spanish and acquired cultural knowledge.| » More

"Going outside your comfort zone makes you grow both as a professional and an individual"


Interview to Sandra Plademunt, who is working at the CRAI Campus Catalunya and was awarded a mobility grant in the framework of the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility programme (STT). She visited the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany.| » More

"It was a good opportunity to gain international research experience outside the EU"


Interview with David Dueñas, winner of the URV Teaching Quality Prize 2016 and researcher at the SBRlab, who went on a mobility visit to Grigol Robakidze University in Georgia from March to April within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus EMINENCE II Mobility for Academic Staff programme.| » More

The future of doctoral studies: improving quantity, quality and employability

New support to help researchers write better international research proposals


Campus France gives advice to URV mobility students
On 8 June, Ms Fanny Jojon of Campus France gave an information session entitled Prepare your stay in France in the Conference Room of the URV’s Bellissens Campus. During the session, Ms Jojon gave a brief description of the French higher education system followed by practical advice on aspects of mobility such as accommodation, grants, transport, timetables. She even gave a small introduction to the specific vocabulary used with regard to the procedures for obtaining grants and accommodation once students arrive in France. She also highlighted the Campus France website, which is aimed at students who will be carrying out academic visits in French institutions.

Dear colleagues,

Once again the summer holidays are almost upon us. I imagine that you have just one month to go before you take a well-deserved holiday.

Before we break for the summer, however, I would just like to take a moment to tell you about the most important international activities that have happened recently at the URV.

We have had four institutional visits in the last two months. The first was by Dr Mitsuo Ochi, the President of Hiroshima University, who visited the URV to sign a mobility agreement and to ensure the continuity of the two existing study abroad programmes between HU and the URV. The programmes are highly successful and are run by the URV’s Faculty of Law and Faculty of Nursing under the highly capable leadership of Dr Victor Merino and Dr Maria Jiménez, respectively.

We also received a visit from a delegation of the Széchenyi István University in Györ, (Hungary), headed by its President, Dr Péter Földesi, which was followed shortly after by a visit from the Deputy Mayor of the city of Györ. Together we discovered that both universities and both cities have many common interests which will almost certainly lead to collaboration in the near future.

At the beginning of June, Marina Casals and I visited three universities in Morocco, namely Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, the International University of Rabat and EGE Rabat, with whom we hope to establish new agreements to work in different fields soon. During the last two days of the trip we participated in the Séminaire International sur le Patrimoine Archéologique organised by the IPHES at the Mohamed I University in Oujda. It was a great success, and the visit to the excavation sites was really impressive! The excavations are in l’Oriental, a place where people are truly welcoming.

I should also mention some developments regarding the Pla Dang; around 50 people will enrol in the C1 course next year, and about 20 people have started the second phase. I would like to congratulate all of you for your motivation and commitment! It is extremely positive news for our university’s programmes.

Finally, last week we held the International Staff Training Week, which was attended by 19 people from Germany, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Lithuania, the UK, Italy, Hungary, Latvia, France, Mexico and Spain. The group learned about International Strategic Planning, got to know the URV and shared best practices during the very special week of the Summer Solstice and the Sant Joan festivities.

The image used for this event is a human tower (castell), which symbolises success achieved through the combined efforts of everyone, from top to bottom, and is intended to be a metaphor for internationalisation. The group visited two human tower teams during their rehearsals and all agreed that it was one of the highlights of the week.

Let’s keep this image of human towers in mind as we each contribute in our own way to ensuring that the URV continues on its successful path towards internationalisation in the future. Have a wonderful summer!  

Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana
—Vice-Rector for Internationalisation
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