No. 6 - February 27, 2015

I hope you have had a smooth start to the new semester. Winter seems to be on the wane, and I am sure that we are all longing for the little signs that spring is coming back.

In this newsletter, I would like to mention a new “model” of Erasmus that has just started. It is called Erasmus + International. By now we have all heard of the programme Erasmus +, which saw the light of day about one year ago and which has brought about big changes. But one big novelty of the programme this year is its international dimension. Are we ready to go mobile beyond the borders of European within Erasmus? Well, we shall soon see! At present all universities are frantically preparing their applications for grants so that students and staff can be sent abroad and students and staff from all over the world can be received here. Unfortunately, there are not many grants. Funding is not unlimited. Another drawback is that there is quite a bit of paperwork to fill in, a lot of universities are playing the game and you need a certain amount of luck. The National Contact point of the European programs in Madrid (SEPIE) will receive all the applications and distribute the funds available. It is all quite uncertain at the moment, but the URV is also playing for high stakes and will be ambitious in its applications for these grants. At the moment, the URV’s International Center is working hard on all the paperwork so that all the documents can be sent on time. We will let you know the results of the call and their impact on the URV as soon as we have the information. .

I would also like to focus on one of the words I have used in the text above: “frantically”. And the reason I would like to highlight it is because international relations are moving at a fast and furious pace everywhere. It is indeed frantic! And the URV is also moving with the times: we receive international visits, organize study abroad programs, prepare calls for outgoing students, receive incoming students, prepare all aspects of hosting, launch new international initiatives, go to meetings and conferences, write reports, implement the strategic internationalization plan and a very long etcetera..

I had never imagined that there would be so many things to do in just one area! And this is why we are all part and parcel of this internationalization effort. The URV can only be international if YOU also play the game. This is my way of saying “thank YOU” and let’s keep on moving forward!


Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana   

Vice-Rector for Internationalisation 

>> Second semester international students have arrived at the URV: Welcome to the URV!

>> Working in: Erasmus + International dimension will fund mobility exchange within institutions of non-European countries with European institutions

>> The URV participated in the Selection Committee of the Erasmus Mundus EMINENCE scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016 held in Poznan, Poland and organised by Adam Mickievizc University.

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The URV visits India
From 31 January to 7 February a URV delegation consisting of the rector, Dr Josep Anton Ferré, the vice-rector for Academic Policy, and Teaching and Research Staff, Dr Josep Pallares, and the vice-rector for Internationalisation, Dr Mar Gutiérrez-Colon, accompanied by the advisor of the Directorate General of Universities Kewal Singh, travelled to India at the invitation of the Indian Universities of the Punjab, because the Chandigarh University had visited the URV a few months ago.
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Training opportunities through the EACEA: a visit from Porto
Last 11 and 12 February, the International Center of the URV and the FURV welcomed Ângela Carvalho, a colleague from the International Relations office of the University of Porto. Her visit was sponsored by the STT Erasmus+ programme, which offers training opportunities for teaching and non-teaching staff from European higher education institutions.
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Farewell to a Semester Study Abroad group of Chinese students
On 2 February, the URV had the farewell lunch for the four Chinese students from Shenzhen Polytechnic University (SZPT) who had spent a whole semester at our university. The group of Engineering undergraduate students were able to spend a period of study at the URV thanks to the agreement that the Department of Electrical Engineering signed with SZPT last year. The URV is looking forward to welcoming more students from this university and extending the scope of collaboration to postgraduate studies.
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Fruitful visit from Dayeh University Taiwan

On 9 February, Mr Adolfo Wu, a lecturer in European languages at the Dayeh University Taiwan and former URV student, visited the URV. Mr Wu visited the I-Center where he was received by staff and representatives from both the I-Center and the FURV to study possible collaborations between the two universities since they are both young universities, have similar numbers of students and similar areas of expertise.
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Catalan universities in Brussels
At the beginning of every year, most Catalan universities make a group trip to Brussels where we attend the ACA (Academic Council Association) seminar “What’s New In Brussels?”. Here we are provided with the main news on European programmes, which will help us be more competitive and keep up to date. We make the most of being in Brussels to organize other meetings with, for example, the Catalan Government Delegation.
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Two URV students awarded grants to study at the University of Zheijiang (China)

Two URV undergraduate students will attend the International Chinese Language Program at the University of Zhejiang, China, during the second term of the academic year 2014-15. The student Arlet Galván studying the Degree in Hispanic Language and Literature of the Faculty of Arts and the student Madalina Ciuches studying the degree in Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business have been awarded a scholarship funded by the University in Zhejiang that will cover the expenses of their stay in China. These scholarships have been awarded as a result of the close relationship between the two universities.
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