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The Board of Trustees at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) has recognized the work by more than one hundred volunteers who have participated in the UMH Cooperation program in Rwanda during the six years of its existence by presenting them with its UMH Chair Award in this year’s Board of Trustees Awards. All the volunteers are or have been linked to the UMH in some way (including students, alumni, faculty, and staff), and each has completed at least one stay of approximately one month in the African country in the volunteering program that is managed by the UMH Headquarters in Rwanda Chair.
The award was accepted yesterday by a group of volunteers in the ceremony held in the Auditorium of the Rectorado & Consejo Social building. Volunteers Juan José Ballesta, a UMH associate professor of pharmacology, and Darío Gómez, a Master’s in General Health Psychology student, gave emotional acceptance speeches in which they appreciated the recognition on behalf of all volunteers, emphasized the good work done by the UMH Headquarters in Rwanda Chair, and expressed the enormous significance that this program has meant for the personal development of each one of them.
(Español) EL SERVICIO DE RELACIONES INTERNACIONALES PARTICIPA EN LA JORNADA “EMPRENDIMIENTO Y MOVILIDAD INTERNACIONAL”
México Fronterizo: Acercamiento desde el fotoperiodismo (Frontier Mexico: A Photojournalistic Approach) is the name given to the photographic collection by journalist José Pedro Martínez, and comprised of two parts: La ciudad de los deportados (City of the Deported) and Orígenes (Origins). The first collection features the two migratory flows that converge on the Mexican/US border through photographs of those deported, migrants in transit, and scenes of everyday life in city stopping points along the way, such as Tijuana. Its second part, the series on Guerrero, reflects the social context from many of the migrant protagonists in the photographs, according to the photojournalist.
México Fronterizo is a selection of the documentary work by the photojournalist, who for years has been working freelance along the Mexican border, and has been published in prominent media, including Newsweek, eldiario.es, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera. Martínez presents the exhibition as a vehicle to “tell what is occurring in this part of the world with the human rights to thousands of migrant individuals,” and he thinks that its university showing can “motivate other students to put an effort forth and gain a passion to become journalists.”
José Pedro Martínez holds a UMH Bachelor’s in Journalism degree. He went to Mérida, Mexico, in 2011 with a grant from the UMH Destino Exchange program. A few months later, he moved to the north of that country and began his training at a local television channel. From that moment onward, with the exception of the past academic year, when he returned to Spain to enroll in this university’s Master’s in Innovation in Journalism program, Martínez has lived and worked along the Mexican border. Currently, he collaborates closely with the Los Ángeles Press, a Mexican not-for-profit media organization specializing in politics, democracy, and human rights.
The journalist also freelances, reporting in international media on the complicated situation at the border, which is reflected in the exhibition on display at the UMH: “Over the past 10 years, deportations have increased, and the cities there have transformed very quickly. We are talking about three million people who had passed through this border and were kicked out of the United States, to which we must add the various flows of hundreds of thousands of migrants of diverse origins who themselves are moving north,” explains Martínez. “The quantity of Central Americans fleeing violence has grown alarmingly over the last three years; many of them are adolescents, and there are even small children. It is a very complex situation to which diverse cultural, political, and social problems come together, creating what gives name to this region between two countries: the border.”
The exhibition, organized by the Vice Rectorate for Culture and University Extension, in collaboration with the Vice Rectorate for International Relations, the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences, and the Department of Social and Human Sciences, was inaugurated this morning by the UMH Rector, Jesús Pastor Ciurana. The collection of photographs will be on display until May 31 in the Gray Room of the Rectorado & Consejo Social Building on the Elche Campus.
(Español) PUBLICADO EL LISTADO PROVISIONAL DE PROFESORES BENEFICIARIOS DEL PROGRAMA DESTINO PDI – PROYECTOS
Laurie Loli Letellier, an analyst from the International Office at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC), visited the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) yesterday, March 8. During the visit, she, the coordinator for outgoing processes at the Peruvian university, presented the advantages and services offered by the UPC to UMH students in order to foster international mobility between both institutions.
The informative talk was given to UMH undergraduate journalism students due to the vast media experience possessed by the Peruvian representative, in addition to the quality and variety of the academics offered by the UPC in matters concerning communication. Laurie encouraged students to visit Peru and the UPC, a university founded in 1994 with four campuses in privileged locations in Lima and that offers a wide range of university programs.
During her visit, the coordinator for student mobility at the Peruvian university toured UMH facilities and met with Vicente Micol, Vice Rector for International Relations; José Luis González, Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations – International Projection; and Inma Blaya, Director of the Service of International Relations, Development Cooperation and Volunteerism. These meetings explored possible new avenues for collaboration between both institutions, which already maintain mobility agreements.