The Universitat Jaume I starts the Study Abroad UJI programme with a group of graduate students in Work and Organizational Psychology from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), in Mexico. These international students have enrolled in the course Healthy and Resilient Organizations, one of the nine courses included in the Study Abroad UJI programme, promoted by the Vice-rectorate for International Relations with the aim of fostering academic training through short-term stays and multidisciplinary courses.
At the opening session, the Vice-Rector for International Relations, Eva Camacho, highlighted that the Study Abroad UJI programme “is not only born as an opportunity to enhance the academic training of students, but as an experience of knowledge for life”.
The course Healthy and Resilient Organisations combines a theoretical curriculum with the presentation and analysis of case studies of companies in the Valencian Community. The course is under the academic direction of Marisa Salanova, professor of Social Psychology and director of the WANT-UJI research group, and the academic coordination of professor Valeria Cruz.
On this occasion the format is online, but the essence of Study Abroad lies in offering an educational and cultural experience through short-term stays at the Universitat Jaume I. For this reason, the group of students from the University of Puebla will also participate in tourist, cultural and gastronomic workshops in the province of Castellón through all the current digital tools. The FUE-UJI is in charge of the coordination and monitoring of these academic and cultural activities, in the framework of the implementation of the Study Abroad UJI programme through the Universitat Jaume I management commission.
The Study Abroad UJI programme offers multidisciplinary training through nine different courses and short stays that contribute to the personal and professional development of young people from all over the world. The courses are taught by leading professors and researchers in each field and each training programme has an up-to-date theoretical curriculum combined with practical case studies from the region. The learning experience is enhanced by the international training environment and immersion in the social and cultural life of Castelló.
Gloria Serra, manager of the Fundació Universitat Jaume I-Empresa, and Nela Gómez, director of the European and International Projects Office of the FUE-UJI, have travelled to Argentina for 10 days to develop an agenda of dissemination and impact of the project “Beekeeping entrepreneurship and circular economy to empower women and their families – ECOMAyA“. FUE-UJI participates as a partner in this project, funded by the European Union, together with SOGRES-UJI and coordinated by the Network of Professionals and Technicians of Emilia Romagna- PROTER.
This work agenda has prioritised the transfer of knowledge and links with institutions in the city of Mar del Plata, as it is a project based on beekeeping and activities related to textile production, food and construction and services, with the municipalities of General Pueyrredon, General Alvarado, Balcarce, Mar Chiquita and La Costa taking part in it. The activities in the framework of the visit began with the institutional reception by the Vice Consul of Spain, Claudia Álvarez, and later by the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Daniela Zulcovsky, together with the Director of Gender Policies of the Municipality, Belén Berruti, with whom proposals for complementary action on training issues were established.
This was followed by meetings with Women Entrepreneurs from UCIP; the CAECE University, Déborah Sabsay, delegate of the French-Argentine Chamber of Commerce; Florencia Miconi, President of the Centre of Builders and annexes of Mar del Plata, the Engineer Ana Sánchez, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, ending with a visit to the new ClonAr laboratory, a centre for biotechnological developments. In all these meetings, the different possibilities of joint work from the ECOMAyA project and networking have been studied.
During this work agenda, several seminars and workshops have also been organised with the participation of the Spanish delegation. Among the conferences presented by Nela Gómez and Gloria Serra, “Territorial Projects and International Financing in the European Union”, at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences – UNMDP, stands out. More than 100 students attended the lecture “Sustainable enterprises. Analysis of cases of accommodation companies in Spain” at the Instituto Superior de Formación Técnica 222, in which the FUE-UJI emphasised the importance of working towards the
Sustainable Development Goals.
Finally, FASTA University shared with the ECOMAyA team the great work of its Innovation Lab, offering a workshop for first year students of the Faculty of Engineering under the model of digital entrepreneurship and work on educational inclusion and
quality education. Also, as part of the project, they participated in the showroom of Mujeres Emprendedoras Mar del Plata Batán, where more than 15 entrepreneurs were able to show their products and share their experiences. At this point, Nela Gómez and Gloria Serra remarked: “It is a great effort that women entrepreneurs in Mar del Plata are making, we believe that they are doing a great job and it is very enriching the process of entrepreneurship that exists in the city”.