The Universitat Jaume I of Castelló has held the Virtual Conference Erasmus+ Key Action KA2: Cooperation between organisations and institutions, promoted by the Vice-rectorate for Internationalisation and Cooperation with the support of the Fundació Universitat Jaume I-Empresa (FUE-UJI) and the collaboration of SEPIE, the national agency for the management, dissemination and promotion of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union in the field of education and training.

The event was opened by Joan Antoni Martín, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, who highlighted the different actions of the programme presented at the session. Alfonso Gentil, director of SEPIE, also spoke during the opening and highlighted the success of participation in the previous edition of the programme: “Thanks to institutions like the UJI, the interest in Erasmus+ is the highest, with 58 million euros and 346 cooperation projects funded in 2021”.

The presentation on the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-2027 was given by Andrés Ajo, Director of the SEPIE’s School and Adult Education Unit, who reminded the audience that “different institutions can work on innovation in the school education, vocational training, higher education and adult education sectors”.

Sara Martínez Navarro, head of service of the SEPIE’s School and Adult Education Unit, then presented the call for proposals for the cooperation partnerships programme, within the framework of the KA2 action in Erasmus+ 2021-2027. Martínez highlighted in his presentation the objectives, priorities, expected results, funding of the call and also gave the attendees tips for the development of a successful proposal.

The call “Erasmus Mundus Design Measures” was also presented by Loreta Paulauskaite, SEPIE contact point for Erasmus+ International Dimension. Then, Ilija Vuckov, Senior EU Funding Consultant and CEO of EMKICE Consulting, presented all the information about the next Erasmus+ Partnerships for Innovation call.

Moreover, three projects currently in force at the UJI have been presented as success stories: H2OMap, coordinated by the FACSA Chair of Innovation in the Integral Water Cycle and presented by its coordinator Laura Menéndez; the CE-IP project, coordinated by the SOGRES-UJI research group and presented by UJI professor María Jesús Muñoz; and the SenGuide project, by Pilar Escuder, coordinator of the UJI’s University for Older Adults.

Eva Camacho, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, moderated the conference and presented the conclusions, in which she stressed that “the Erasmus+ programme for the period 2021-27 is a great commitment of the European Commission and has a very important dimension for innovation and training”.

The Erasmus+ Conference was also attended by entities, associations, administrations and companies wishing to obtain European funding. Joan Antoni Martín, Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the UJI, addressed all of them during the closing ceremony, encouraging them to participate in the next calls of this programme.

After the conference, the research groups of the UJI that have requested it, have met with experts in European funding of the FUE-UJI to work on potential project proposals for the next Erasmus+ call, all this, in order to encourage their participation in this programme, as well as to give them the necessary tools to submit proposals with the best guarantees of success.