Representatives from the Universitat Jaume I conducted by the Rector, Eva Alcón, have travelled to Brussels this week to strengthen links with the main European institutions and to advance the internationalization strategy of the UJI. Apart from the Rector, the Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Cooperation, Joan Antoni Martín, Deputy Vicerector for Academic Mobility and International Work Placement, Eva Camacho, and staff from Euro FUE-UJI also took part in this institutional work.
The official visit, which lasted a day and a half, consisted of nine meetings with representatives of different European Union institutions and research agencies, as well as the presentation of CURE Alliance, the consortium of European universities led by Jaume I, which comprises six higher education centres from Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany and Poland.
The rector, Eva Alcón, evaluated the visit to the European capital very positively and expressed her commitment “to ensuring that the UJI has a presence in Europe and that it is an internationally recognised university”. In addition to the presentation of the CURE Alliance consortium, the representatives of the UJI also showed their desire to promote internationalization in areas such as training and research, and emphasize the importance of European support for Erasmus Mundus Masters and exchange programs with other universities. It has also been interested in changes to programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe.
The official agenda has included meetings with representatives of the European Commission, such as the cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, responsible for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, as well as Project Officer in the Higher Education Policy Unit. With regard to the European Parliament, a meeting was held with MEP Domènec Ruiz Devesa; the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Eugenia Rodríguez, and the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Regional Development, Isabel Benjumea.
The representatives of the Universitat Jaume I, headed by the Rector, also held meetings with the Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship of the European Economic and Social Committee, with the Director of the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN), Pirita Lindholm; the R&D advisors of the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU and the Fundación Comunidad Valenciana Región Europea.