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   No. 10 - November/December, 2015

Dear colleagues,

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. With the start of the new semester, this month’s newsletter aims to give keep you up to date about the international news that has taken place at the URV since our last newsletter. But before starting I would like, once again, to invite you to send your international news to be published in future editions of our newsletter.

You can send the information in English, Catalan or Spanish and we will make sure that it appears in our following number. Your contributions are very much welcome! Please send them to

In 2015 many foreign institutions visited the URV with the aim of establishing relations with the URV at all levels.

In November, we received a visit from Dr Larisa Svaga, the Rector of the University of Moldova, who has very good relations with our Faculty of Economics, particularly with Dr Victòria Sánchez and Dr Glòria Barberà. In November, Dr Fouhad Nohra, the Director of CEDS, signed an agreement with our university to help his institution increase its number of doctoral degree graduates.

In December, we welcomed a delegation from the Chinese Consulate headed by Mr Tang Heng, the Consul General of China in Barcelona. Just before Christmas holidays, we received a delegation from the University of Jinggangshan in China. I should also mention the large delegation from Kazakhstan led by Ms Shaizada Tasbulatova, Coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office in Kazakhstan, who was accompanied by representatives from many Kazakh universities.

In January, the Rector of the University of Algiers III also visited us at the request of the URV’s Dr Enric Olivé. During the same month, I had a meeting with Mr Mikhail Medvedev, the president of the Catalan-Russian Association for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation, who gave us information about some very interesting grants that our students could benefit from.

I also met our partners from the Santander Group to agree on the basis of a new project called AMICS (AcadeMIc Collaboration for the Internationalisation of Studies), which I hope will help promote our master’s degrees abroad.

I am writing this newsletter from Brussels where I have attended the presentation of a new office of the CRUE-CRUP (Spain-Portugal). This means that for the first time Spain and Portugal are going to share a “physical space” in Brussels that can be used by any member of the Spanish and Portuguese universities. So if you need a place to meet there, feel free to book a room!

Wishing you all the best for 2016!


Mar Gutiérrez-Colón Plana   

Vice-Rector for Internationalisation 

>> The International Center is about to welcome the second semester exchange incoming students and is preparing the meetings to host them.

>> The URV is preparing the application for the call of the Erasmus+ International programme: Mobility between Programme and Partner Countries.
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The URV and the Jinggangshan University sign a framework agreement
The Jinggangshuan University (JGSU, China) and the URV have signed a framework agreement to promote exchange programmes in the fields of research, education and management. In addition, the Consul General of China in Barcelona, Mr Tang Heng, recently visited the URV in an initial meeting to establish relations.
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The URV attends the 8th General Assembly of the OENOVITI International network
The Oenoviti Network led by the Université de Bordeaux met at Conegliano (Italy) on 27 and 28 October 2015. The Dean of the Faculty of Oenology, Professor Joan Miquel Canals, along with Professor Albert Mas and Professor Fernando Zamora attended the meeting of this network, which usually meets twice a year and has members from as far afield as Australia, South Africa, Ukraine, Japan, Chile and Turkey, to name just a few.
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Meeting between the Catalan-Russian Association and the Vice-rector for Internationalisation
On Monday 18 January the Vice-rector for Internationalisation received a visit from Mr Mikhail Medvedev, President of the Catalan-Russian Association for Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (ACR in its Catalan acronym). This ACR is based in the Tarragona region and actively promotes cultural and linguistic activities in order to introduce Catalans to Russian culture, language and customs.
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The rector of the Trade Co-operative University of Moldova visits the URV
On 4 November 2015 the URV’s rector received the rector of the Trade Co-operative University of Moldova (TCUM), Dr Larisa Savga, who is currently visiting the URV in the framework of an Erasmus+ mobility program at the Faculty of Business and Economics.
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The Vice-Rectors of Catalan universities meet the Fundació Institut Confuci de Barcelona
On 19 November 2015, the Fundació Institut Confuci de Barcelona (FICB) met with eight public Catalan universities. The main goal of the meeting was to agree on further cooperation in the development of cultural activities and educational projects.
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The University gives its support to the Chinese Students and Researchers Association of Tarragona
The new association is formed by URV students and alumni and promotes knowledge of Chinese culture and language. It is supported by the Lifelong Learning Centre of the URV Foundation and the Centre for Hispanic Studies and one of the first activities to take place will be an introductory course in Chinese.
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The University of Buffalo visits the URV
From 23 to 26 November, Professor Stephen Dyson, assistant director of the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA), visited the URV in the framework of the relations established between the URV and the University of Buffalo (New York, United States). Over the course of four days, he visited archaeological sites, held working meetings and delivered a paper at the ICAC entitled “Where Caesar Never Trod: Classical Archaeology and Ideology in 19th and 20th Century America”.
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A delegation from Kazakhstan visits the URV
On December 15, 2015, a delegation from Kazakhstan visited URV. This delegation of 10 participants was consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science, the National Erasmus+ Office and six universities. Among other interesting avenues for collaboration, it is hoped that the collaborative links established during the meeting will lead to the creation of joint master’s programme in the field of heritage preservation and mobility within the Erasmus + international programme.
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Campus France encourages the cooperation between Spain and France
The 2015 edition of 'Encuentros Universitarios Campus France' will expand the URV’s Erasmus mobility with France.
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