The partners of the European e-diploma project coordinated by the UJI meet in Castelló to transform online training

The partners of the European e-diploma project coordinated by the UJI meet in Castelló to transform online training

The Horizon Europe e-diploma project on e-learning, coordinated by Inmaculada Remolar, director of the Institute of New Imaging Technologies (INIT) of the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló through the research group “Interactive Visualisation”, has started its activity with the first meeting of the international consortium, formed by nine international entities that have met at the UJI during this week.

The vice-rector for Research, Jesús Lancis, who welcomed the attendees to the meeting, highlighted the great research work carried out by the INIT in the international field: “The INIT has played a very important role in the last two years, in which the public university of Castelló has achieved 11 European projects funded with 4.5 million euros by the European Commission, including e-diploma”.

For her part, the project coordinator, Inmaculada Remolar, thanked the partners for their involvement in the project. As she explained, “e-diploma was born as an idea in the lockdown a few years ago and has matured into a real project thanks to the work, support and collaboration of all the partners and participants”.

The e-diploma project, endowed with 3 million euros for the next three years, is divided into four phases. In the first phase, e-diploma will examine the current e-learning ecosystem at European level. After identifying strengths and weaknesses, it will consider which innovative technologies can support this e-learning system, both at the pre-university practical training and higher education levels.

The second phase of the project will involve the co-creation of the most appropriate technologies for the different types of educational methodologies, while the third phase will develop the e-diploma platform, which will have three educational modules comprising the themes Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Interactive Technologies and Gamification Techniques. This platform and its training content will be tested through pilot tests in the different partner countries of the project.

Finally, in the fourth phase of the project, the e-learning platform will be redesigned and redefined based on the results obtained in the pilot tests. Inclusion, accessibility and sustainability are key in the e-diploma project, which will create an e-learning environment always taking into account the potential, opportunities, barriers, accessibility and risks of using emerging technologies for learning. In this way, a safe and inclusive space will be created for the educational community.

The European Commission also participated in the project launch meeting through Ángel M. Fuentes Mateos, research programme officer, who will be in charge of the technical monitoring of the project. The other participants in the meeting were the members of the consortium: the University of Tallinn (Estonia), the Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), INNOGROWTH- European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria), the CSI centre for social innovation (Cyprus), the training and research cooperative ARIS (Italy) and the company Brainstorm Multimedia (Spain). The Universitat Jaume I-Business Foundation also participates in the project as a partner entity of the UJI, to support the dissemination and communication activities of the project.

The international expert committee has also been present virtually, composed of Vladislav Slavov, vice-dean of the Sofia University of Technology (Bulgaria); Marini Catiuscia, head of the European Office of the Department of Policy, Training, Employment and International at Legacoop Umbria (Italy); Ülle Must, director of Development at the Estonian Board of Education and Youth; Tobias Ley, lecturer at the Danube University Krems and Tallinn University; and Frédéric Mertens de Wilmars, expert and lecturer in European and Gender Issues with extensive experience in higher education.

Finally, partners such as Diputación Provincial de Castelló (Spain), CECAP Valencia-Asociación Empresarial de Centros de Formación de Valencia (Spain), Finnovaregio (Belgium), RESET-Research and Education for Empowerment and Social Transformation (Cyprus), Florida Centre de Formació (Spain), Estonian Board of Education and Youth, IES Álvaro Falomir (Spain), Regional League of Cooperatives and Mutuals of Umbria (Italy), Satori Labs (France), János Neumann Computer Science Society (Hungary), Sofia University of Technology (Bulgaria), Professor Doctor Asen Zlatarov University (Bulgaria), Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre (Bulgaria) and the company Senseglove (The Netherlands) were also able to convey their full support to e-diploma at this first consortium meeting.

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e-DIPLOMA, the Horizon Europe project coordinated by the UJI, will transform the current European e-learning ecosystem

e-DIPLOMA, the Horizon Europe project coordinated by the UJI, will transform the current European e-learning ecosystem

The Universitat Jaume I, through the research group ” Visualización Interactiva” [Interactive Visualisation] of the Institute of New Imaging Technologies (INIT), coordinates the e-DIPLOMA project approved by the European Commission within the framework of the European Union’s top research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. e-DIPLOMA, which will be directed by Dr. Inmaculada Remolar, director of the INIT, has the main objective of developing a new e-learning platform that will combine virtual reality, artificial intelligence, interactive technologies, chatbots and gamification. This project is the result of the Research Promotion Plan of the Universitat Jaume I launched by the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research and Transfer of the UJI.

The e-DIPLOMA project, formed by nine international entities, is endowed with 3 million euros for the next three years and will start from 1 September 2022. The UJI leads the international consortium formed by the University of Tallinn (Estonia), the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), Innogrowth-European Association for Innovation and Growth (Bulgaria), the CSI Centre for Social Innovation (Cyprus), the training and research cooperative ARIS (Italy) and the company Brainstorm Multimedia (Spain). The Universitat Jaume I-Business Foundation of the Valencian Community also participates in the project as a partner entity of the UJI, to support the dissemination and communication activities of the project.

In the first phase, the Horizon Europe e-DIPLOMA project will examine the strengths and weaknesses of the current European e-learning ecosystem, as well as the benefits of the latest technologies for online training, especially in experiential learning. e-DIPLOMA will analyse the usefulness of disruptive technologies to support education and training systems, specifically in practical distance learning and, therefore, the project focuses its analysis on the training levels of practical pre-university education and higher education.

In the second phase of the project, following a co-creation methodology, it will be determined which technologies are the most suitable for dealing with different types of educational methodologies.

In the third phase, the platform to be developed in e-DIPLOMA will host three educational modules that will integrate artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, interactive technologies and gamification techniques, and pilot experiences will be carried out in different countries so that cultural aspects can be taken into account when assessing the results obtained.

Finally, in the fourth phase of the project, based on the results obtained previously, the e-learning platform developed will be redesigned and redefined.

In a transversal way, the use of these new technologies and the digitalisation of training will also be studied in terms of inclusion, accessibility and sustainability. To this end, an e-learning environment will be created that will avoid raising new inequalities between people and even countries. e-DIPLOMA will investigate the potential, opportunities, barriers, accessibility and risks of the use of emerging technologies for education, in order to support the digital transformation from the understanding of the social, ethical, political and economic impacts of digital practices. Another of the fundamental pillars of the project is the adequate training of teaching staff in relation to new educational technologies.

The e-DIPLOMA project is supported by partners such as Castelló Provincial Council (Spain), CECAP Valencia-Asociación Empresarial de Centros de Formación de Valencia (Spain), Finnovaregio (Belgium), RESET-Research and Education for Empowerment and Social Transformation (Cyprus), Florida Centro de Formación (Spain), Estonian Board of Education and Youth, IES Álvaro Falomir (Spain), Regional League of Cooperatives and Mutuals of Umbria (Italy), Satori Labs (France), János Neumann Computer Science Society (Hungary), Sofia University of Technology (Bulgaria), Professor Doctor Asen Zlatarov University (Bulgaria), Bulgarian-German Vocational Training Centre (Bulgaria) and the company Senseglove (The Netherlands).

In addition, the study and results of the e-DIPLOMA project will be supported by the international expert committee composed of Vladislav Slavov, vice-dean of the Sofia University of Technology (Bulgaria), Marini Catiuscia, head of the European Office of the Department of Policy, Training, Employment and International at Legacoop Umbria (Italy), Ülle Must, director of Development at the Estonian Board of Education and Youth, Dr Tobias Ley, professor at the Danube University Krems and the University of Tallinn and Dr Frédéric Mertens de Wilmars, expert and lecturer in European and Gender Issues with extensive experience in higher education. It brings together leading professionals who will work to create a new paradigm for online learning, and to increase the resilience of the educational world linked to the digital transformation.

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The first UJI Study Abroad course with students from the Mexican university of Puebla ends successfully

The first UJI Study Abroad course with students from the Mexican university of Puebla ends successfully

The Universitat Jaume I has successfully completed the first Study Abroad UJI course in which a group of postgraduate students of Psychology of Work and Organisations from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) in Mexico have participated. The course “Healthy and resilient organisations” is one of the nine courses included in the Study Abroad UJI programme, promoted by the Vice-Rector’s Office for International Relations with the aim of fostering academic training through short-term stays and multidisciplinary courses.

The Vice-Rector for International Relations, Eva Camacho, closed the course and thanked the team of Professor of Social Psychology Marisa Salanova, head of the WANT-UJI research group and academic coordinator of the course together with Professor Valeria Cruz, for their work. Eva Camacho also extended his congratulations to the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) and its students for their interest and conveyed the Jaume I’s intention to continue with future courses.

 

After a month of training and cultural sessions, the course “Healthy and resilient organisations” has trained UPAEP students in work psychology, healthy organisations and organisational wellbeing, with the help of professors and leading researchers in each discipline. The Study Abroad UJI courses also include an immersive experience in the province of Castellón, from a touristic, cultural and gastronomic perspective through different workshops. For this reason, the Castellón Tourist Board presented the UPAEP students with the tourist attractions that characterise this territory and the Voramar group gave them a brief introduction to the most typical gastronomy of the Castellón area with a culinary workshop on paella and sustainable gastronomy.

The format of the Study Abroad UJI courses allows to combine a theoretical curriculum with the presentation and analysis of practical cases of companies in the Valencian Community. In this course, the UJI has counted with the collaboration of the companies Vygon and Ford, which have transferred to the students their policies on work psychology and welfare of the organisation. The Universitat Jaume I-Business Foundation (FUE-UJI) has been in charge of the coordination and monitoring of these academic and cultural activities, within the framework of the implementation of the Study Abroad UJI programme.

The Study Abroad UJI programme offers multidisciplinary training through a range of nine different courses and short-term stays that contribute to the personal and professional development of young people from all over the world. 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.

The Study Abroad UJI programme opens with a group of students from the Mexican University of Puebla

The Study Abroad UJI programme opens with a group of students from the Mexican University of Puebla

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.

The European Dynamo project, coordinated by the UJI, starts its activity with a first meeting of partners and collaborators in Castellón

The European Dynamo project, coordinated by the UJI, starts its activity with a first meeting of partners and collaborators in Castellón

The Horizon Europe Dynamo project, coordinated by the Optics Research Group of the Universitat Jaume I of Castelló (GROC), has started its activity with the first meeting of the international consortium, formed by fourteen partners and associated entities, which have met this week at the public university of Castellón.

The Dynamo project, approved by the European Commission within the framework of the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe-EIC PATHFINDER, has a total budget of nearly three million euros over four years.

Nowadays, we are surrounded by screens and imaging technologies are ubiquitous: they help us to monitor our health, to explore our environment and our telecommunications. However, there are a large number of processes in nature that are too fast to be recorded with conventional cameras, but the technology to be developed in the Dynamo project will contribute to a quantum leap in that direction. To do so, it will create new spatial light modulators based on opto-acoustic coupling that will overcome the current limitation of the refresh rate of devices.

The idea is based on sending all possible device patterns simultaneously, encoded in a pulse of a few nanoseconds, thus changing the modulation of the light beam from sequential to parallel. In this way, Dynamo would achieve in four years an innovation equivalent to the progress made in half a century in computer data processing, but transferred to the field of images. The data processing of the first electronic computers had a clock frequency of 100 kHz in 1945 and reached 1 GHz in 2000.

The partners and collaborators also had the opportunity to get to know each other personally during the meeting and also took advantage of their stay in Castellón to participate in the Congress on Emerging Topics in Acoustic and Mechanical Metamaterials organised by the European Society of Mechanics (Euromech).

INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM

In addition to the UJI as coordinator, the consortium is made up of the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC), the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France, the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of the United Kingdom, the University of Science and Technology (AGH) of Poland, and the Universitat Jaume I-Business Foundation as an affiliated entity.

The consortium has a number of associated partners: the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA) from Belgium, the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO), the Valencian Institute for Business Competitiveness (IVACE), the Finnovaregio association, the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology of France, Holoeye Photonics AG and the Sorbonne University.

Dynamo is also supported by an international expert committee consisting of Philip Engel from HOLOEYE Photonics (Germany), PhD Sarah Benchabane from the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Prof. Krzysztof M. Abramski from the Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland), Dr. Sylvain Gigan from the Kastler-Brossel Laboratory and Sorbonne University, Prof. Alastair P. Hibbins, director of the Metamaterials Research and Innovation Centre in Exeter (UK) and Vicenta Ferrer, COO of Nayar Systems (Spain).

UNIVERSITAT JAUME I IS COMMITTED TO THE EUROPEAN FUNDING OF ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME

UNIVERSITAT JAUME I IS COMMITTED TO THE EUROPEAN FUNDING OF ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME

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.