Experts in Ancient Greece meet at UAB

On 12 and 13 December, the Ancient History research group of the Department of Antiquity and Middle Ages at UAB, together with Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and other research groups, will host a conference on ancient Greece, bringing together most experts on this subject in Spain.

The event takes place in the framework of collaborations in teaching and research fostered by the Alianza 4 Universidades, which, since 2008, brings together UAB and UAM, as well as Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

More than 29 researchers will take part in “Polis in crisis: First meeting of Historians of the Fourth Century B.C. in Greece” from UAB, UAM, Universidad de Barcelona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad del País Vasco, Universidad de Zaragoza, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

This conference, whose scope and reach are already a success, aims to provide space for sharing ideas, establishing contacts and fostering research collaborations in this field. The conference proceedings will be published in a monograph, which will serve as a start for other collaborative projects.

The conference will take place in the lecture hall of the UAB Faculty of Philosophy and Arts and will consist of seven thematic streams that provide space for presentations, as well as discussion and debate.

The keynote address, entitled “Greek cities in the Fourth Century: a century of changes”, will be given by Prof. Domingo Plácido from la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and will take place on 12 Decembre at 10h.

For more information please check The conference programme, Department of Antiquity and Middle Ages at UAB.

A-4U rectors debate the future of universities in Spain

The rectors of A-4U universities (Ana Ripoll from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Jose M. Sanz from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Daniel Peña from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Josep Joan Moreso from Universitat Pompeu Fabra) took part in the debate on the future of the universities in Spain, an event moderated by journalist Iñaki Gabilondo.

The debate was structured in four blocks where each rector presented their view of the projects and challenges facing universities in the future in terms of teaching, research and internationalisation. According to Iñaki Gabilondo, “these four universities are all recognised for being a Campus of International Excellence and are strongly commited to research and a clear European and international focus”.

Ana Ripoll, President of A-4U, spoke of the alliance, which was founded in 2008, as “a platform, which improves the international profile fo each university and of the alliance per se, with consolidated projects and future objectives borne from an entrepreneurial and innovative academic and scientific environment”. According to Ana Ripoll, now the society “demans more from universities, but since each university is different, each should work on their strengths and, in this sense, A-4U knows where it wants to go”.

Jose M. Sanz focused on research, “If we add up publication impact and funding for European projects, our four universities are on a similar level with the best universities in Europe. Our research is competitive and this has led to the creation of science parks with the aim of offering collaboration areas, which can offer local, national and international benefits”.

Daniel Peña, who spoke on academic issues, stated that “knowledge is the key to sicual development and the most important value a country can possess. In Spain, this value is for the most part generated at uinversities”. Daniel Peña added, however, that A-4U must not be complacent: “we have the inescapable obligation of meeting the challenges of a reconversion process in order to keep up with the pace of global developments”.

In the field of internationalisation, Josep Joan Moreso stressed the fact that “if the four universities represented here today intend to make substantial progress, we must open our doors to the best professors in the world. Our teaching staff must include academics from abroad and there must be an increase in the number of international students in our postgraduate programmes”. He went on to defend the need to have “at least half of our students spend one semester at a university abroad”.

The debate is part of the series of round tables, organised under the auspices of A-4U and funded by CaixaForum. The second round table will take place on March 5, 2012 and will see the four rectors continue to discuss the future of the universities in Spain.

Ministry for Education and A-4U exchange research information

Ángel Gabilondo,Minister for Education, and Ana Ripoll, President of Alianza 4 Universidades (A-4U) and Rector of the UAB, signed a collaboration agreement with the aim of strengthening the relations of the two institutions in the exchange of information between the Observatory for the Monitoring of Research Activities of the Spanish University (iUNE) and the Integrated University Information System (SIIU). The information exchanged is related to indicators of scientific activity carried out in the Spanish university system.

Collaborations will focus specifically on the following indicators: scientific activity – production, productivity, collabortaions and patents; research impact through ISI databases and other science production databases; visibility of publication sources; and information on research staff and years of research.

This agreement will permit Alianza 4 Universidades to have more knowledge of both the information and application systems developed by the Ministry of Education with regards to university management.

The agreements were signed this past 26 October in Madrid at an event, which was attended by rectors from the other A-4U member universities: José María Sanz from Universitat Autónoma de Madrid, Daniel Peña from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Josep Joan Moreso from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, as well as Elías Sanz, Coordinator of the iUNE Observatory.

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A-4U expands its collaborations in Russia

A delegation of Alianza 4 Universidades (formed by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona – UAB, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid – UAM, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – UC3M, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra – UPF) travelled to Russia on an institutional visit from 10 to 16 October. During the visit members met to sign collaboration agreements in teaching and research with some of the most prestigious universities of Russia.

The collaboration agreements will go towards the promotion of international mobility between lecturers, researchers, and undergraduate and postgraduate students. Tha main objective of A-4U is to make its postgraduate programmes attractive to top students from one of the most important countries in the internationalisation project of Alianza 4 Universidades, which is strongly focused on the emerging power countries known as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Among non-EU member countries, Russia is the one that participates most in projects offered under the EU Seventh Framework Agreement (FP7).

During its visit A-4U signed collaboration agreements with four universities: Moscow Bauman State Technical University, Moscow State Law Academy, Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University, and North-West Academy of Public Management.

In addition, A-4U established contact with other universities interested in future collaboration projects: Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russian State University for the Humanities, Higher School of Economics, New School of Economics, Saint Petersburg State University, Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, and Saint Petersburg Academic University – Nanotechnology Research and Education Centre.

The majority of these universities have obtained recognition as a “National Research University” by the Russian government, a status equivalent to recognition as Campus of International Excellence in Spain.

The trip to Russia taken by A-4U delegates forms part of a series of international visits and are co-funded by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX).

SENAI of Brazil visits A-4U universities

During a visit by delegates from the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina to member institutions of Alliance of 4 Universities, UAB signs a collaboration agreement with the National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI).

SENAI is the national organisation for the professional training, technological assistance and information provider for the industrial sector of Brazil. It offers 1,800 courses and programmes and over two million students enrol each year.

The agreement signed with UAB establishes the collaboration strategies between the two institutions in knowledge and technology transfer, in the organisation of scientific meetings, the development of research projects and in the training of teaching and research staff.

There is also the aim to create future undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the area of sciences and environmental technologies, as well as to encourage exchange programmes between staff members.

The agreement was signed as part of a visit to Barcelona and Madrid by delegates from centres related to research, transfer and innovation of the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. Led by Carlos Kurtz, Director of the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (FIESC, which among other institutions includes SENAI), the delegates met with members of A-4U, a platform which in addition to UAB, includes Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III and Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

During their visit to UAB, delegates visited the UAB Research Park (PRUAB), the Department of Chemistry, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), the Food Technology Plant Special Research Centre (CERPTA) and the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB).

The meeting is a continuation of other visits which took place by Santa Catarina delegates to UAB on 23 May and by A-4U delegates to Brazil in March, where representatives met with several universities and institutions of Santa Catarina including SENAI. Brazil is a strategic country in A-4U’s academic and research internationalisation project.

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SENAI Santa Satarina

New scholarships for studying an MBA in China and India

Aiming to promote training of executives and good relations between Spain and Asia, Casa Asia and the Fundation “la Caixa” offer 10 scholarships for studying an MBA in India and China.

Of the ten scholarships, six will be for studying an MBA in China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai, two – for studying an MBA in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Business School, and the remaining two – for studying a postgraduate programme in Management (PGP) in Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad.

The scholarships will start in 2012 and will cover the period of study from one year to twenty months. Applications are admitted until September 5, 2011.

The following expenses are covered by the scholarship: return flight, tuition fees, a bursary of 910 Euros per month in Shanghai and Hydebarad and a bursary of 1.400 Euros per month in Hong Kong, a one-off payment of 1.050 Euros for arrival, books etc., student visa, and a medical insurance. In the case of CEIBS, the scholarship will also include the costs of a 1.000 Euros language course in Mandarin in Shanghai.

For more information: Scholarships to study an MBA in Asia

A-4U becomes a member of the Spain-India Council Foundation

The Alliance of 4 Universities participates in the new Spain-India Council Foundation created to strengthen relations between the two countries.

The aim is to gather under one unique platform the efforts made by different sectors of the Spanish society to promote relations with India. The foundation will participate in several government initiatives and establish contacts with officials through visits to the countries, cultural and educational activities, investment forums, and meetings sponsored by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) and other business organisations. The foundation will also be in charge of promoting activities and contacts with a variety of entities.

The foundation’s organisation is made up of five ministries, the city councils of Barcelona and Madrid, various banks and building societies, businesses, universities and cultural institutions such as the Cervantes Institute and Casa Asia.

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Spain-India Council Foundation

A-4U institutional visit to Brazil

A delegation of Alliance of 4 Universities (A-4U) will be visiting Brazil on an institutional trip from 26 March to 2 April to set up new relations with several of the country’s universities and institutions.

The objective of the trip is to establish new contacts with top universities and governmental organisations in Brazil to foster joint collaborations and new academic postgraduate programmes. With this trip A-4U will also enter into contact with industries in Brazil.

The trip will include visits to twelve of the top universities in the country and five governmental organisations in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Campinas, São Paolo, Porto Alegre and Florianópolis.

The delegation is formed by Vice-Rectors of International Relations of each of the member universities (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Autonomous University of Madrid, Universidad Carlos III and Pompeu Fabra University) and the International Relations Coordinator of A-4U. The visit is co-financed by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX).

Brazil is one of the key countries included in the international projection process of A-4U given its importance as an emerging area of higher education. A-4U is committed to extending its relations with the four BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China

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A-4U offers academic information to students in New Delhi

On 19 and 20 February, the First Spanish Universities’ Fair will take place in New Delhi, India, in which A-4U, among other Spanish universities, will inform students about studies available at its institutions.

The first fair for Spanish universities in New Delhi aims to offer Indian students information about the 19 universities taking part in the fair, as well as general information on the Spanish university system. This fair has been organised by Fundación Universidad.es whose main objective is the international projection of Spanish universities. The Cervantes Institute of New Delhi – where the fair will be held – also has collaborated in the organisation

A-4U will be informing about its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to university students of India, the second country with the largest amount of students abroad. Due to its immense academic and scientific potential, India represents a strategic country for the internationalisation of academic studies and research offered at UAB. Through the A4U Alliance, last year UAB signed six agreements with universities in New Delhi and Bangalore to establish exchange programmes for students, lecturers and research staff.

The universities participating in the fair will also be visiting higher education centres throughout the metropolitan area of Delhi on 21 and 22 February.

Between November 22 and 27, the A-4U delegation will also be visiting the universities and research centres in New Delhi and Greater Noida, with which it will set up the new agreements. This trip will also serve to introduce the A-4U’s academic programmes to Indian students.

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First Spanish Universities’ Fair