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No. 25 - August/September, 2018

URV International

The URV and the University of Arizona explore the possibility of offering joint degrees


Students from the URV could study at campuses where the American university has established a micro-campus | » More

URV is the best university to study the Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in Spain, according to the U-ranking 2018


U-ranking 2018 analyzed more than 2300 degrees from 61 Spanish universities | » More

The URV participates in the biggest European Conference in the Internationalisation of Higher Education


A URV delegation has participated in the 30th Annual Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) in Geneva, which is attended by more than 5500 professionals from all over the world | » More

Nine students take part in summer courses at international universities


This summer has brought a series of international opportunities for URV students to study abroad through the I-Networks grants | » More

INU Council Meeting takes place in Brescia, Italy


The INU Council Meeting enables the International Network of Universities to move forward and provides a forum for its members to meet, exchange and further their collaboration | » More

More than 250 students have been international mentors since the programme was introduced


The Mentor programme promotes the cultural, linguistic and academic adaptation of international students at the University | » More

URV visits the Nelson Mandela University during its Family Week


This event brings together all the partners of this South African university in a true show of African hospitality | » More

The URV has 14 disciplines among the best in the world in the Shanghai Ranking

The URV closes the selection of PhD candidates from the Martí i Franquès COFUND Programme co-financed by the EU

The URV is the fourth most highly-ranked university in Spain according to U-Ranking

Professor Enric Olivé defends the religious training of young people at a UNESCO conference in Paris

The URV is among the top 500 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education ranking

International researchers present the latest advances in laser technology during a conference at the URV

Students from Uzbekistan train in tourism management for the first time at the URV

The URV hosts the 28th edition of the international symposium on nonlinear theory and its applications

Dear friends and colleagues,

A new academic year has just started and our recent holiday may seem like a distant memory already. At least on the internationalization front –as I am sure on many other fronts as well- the new course has started in full force. This year we have received approximately 270 mobility undergraduate students who are coming to the URV for one semester or a full year, 63 Chinese students attending a specific programme in Spanish, 216 international master’s students and 160 new international PhD students (of a total of 366 international PhD students). 

The International Center has organised welcome information meetings and has trained our student mentors to help these students integrate into our university and culture. And on 4 October we will welcome all of them with a festive institutional event that will include short addresses, a folk concert and an afternoon snack in Campus Catalunya. We hope that all the URV community will do their best to make these students feel at home!

On the other hand, we have our own URV students leaving on mobility experiences all over the world: 540 to be precise. They are following courses in different languages, immersing themselves in different cultures and learning new customs and ways of life. We believe in the transformative power of a mobility stay abroad and are sure that they will come back with great memories that they will cherish forever.

With the privilege of studying abroad also comes the responsibility to share everything we have learnt with those not fortunate enough to benefit from mobility programmes; just as having Erasmus students in our classes offer a great chance to find out about another culture, as well as develop friendships. The accumulative effect of these interactions is that the Erasmus programme contributes to developing a shared European identity, and, in the end, a more understanding and open society.

These student mobility programmes are a very important element in making the URV a more international, outward-looking institution. For all members of our university community, whether they can travel or not, we are committed to internationalising our institution at home, too. We will let you know more about these initiatives in the coming issue of this newsletter.

For now, welcome to all of those who have just become part of the URV family; and to all of you, have a wonderful new academic year!

John Style
—Vice-Rector for Internationalization
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