ACUP-GUNi participates in the European project "Internationalization in Higher Education for Society" (IHES)
ACUP/GUNi participates in the European project "Internationalization in Higher Education for Society" (IHES), which aims to involve the general community, both at home and abroad, in internationalization.
In July 2021, staff from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), the Generalitat and the ACUP took part in the Internationalization course in Higher Education for Society, organized within the framework of the European IHES project. During the training, participants designed activities to be offered in the coming courses with the international and social components. The ACUP also presented the European Towards project to the European Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education (TEFCE) and its Toolbox, a tool that supports the social impact of universities in Europe.
Internationalization of Higher Education for Society (IHES) is a European project of the Erasmus + program through which the University introduces internationalization to its social commitment to the territory and opens internationalization activities to the local world, including all the areas of the university such as education, research, and also the field of university extension.
With the aim that internationalization not only focuses on the staff and students of the University, the URV and the Palacký University Olomouc, in the Czech Republic, they will implement a series of activities, each in its own territorial area, and will have with other partner organizations in the framework of the project.
Thus, the Catalunya IHES Lab and the Olomouc IHES Lab will be created, which will be used to test the activities. That is why the staff of the Office of Social Commitment, the URV Student Office and the International Center have designed, with the help of the course, a series of activities that include the internationalization component. and the social component and which will be offered to society during the 2021-22 academic year. Once completed, their impact will be evaluated and re-offered during the following courses.
The expected results of the project are the publication of a report on good practices in the Internationalization of Higher Education for Society in Europe; a report on the concept, implementation and results of IHES regional laboratories in Catalonia and the Olomouc region; a guide to implementing IHES; the development of a regional IHES implementation model and the creation of a network of IHES organizations.
Palacký University Olomouc is the coordinating university of the project that also includes the Rovira i Virgili University; the Generalitat de Catalunya with the Secretary of Universities and Research; SGroup Universities in Europe, the Association for Academic Cooperation; the Lifelong Learning Platform in Belgium; the Global Impact Institute, and the Olomouc region in the Czech Republic. The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) also participates as an associate partner.