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The Vice Rector for International Relations at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH), Vicente Micol, along with the director of the Service of International Relations, Development Cooperation and Volunteerism, Inmaculada Blaya, participated at the 2018 NAFSA Conference held last week in Philadelphia (USA). The UMH objective for attending this event, which annually attracts more than 3,500 institutions from 100 different countries, was to enhance UMH internationalization efforts.

The UMH participated in this event in coordination with the Patronato Provincial of Costa Blanca Tourism and the University of Alicante. During the event, the UMH delegation met with 25 universities from 13 countries, 15 of which already maintain some kind of agreements for mobility for university students, staff, and faculty. Some other results of their meetings include new agreements with 8 institutions and an additional 4 agreements with partner universities. Of these 12, four are located in Latin America, two in the Asia-Pacific region, four in the United States, and two are in Europe.

Educational institutions the world over expressed their interest in UMH educational programs and in the possibilities for future collaboration. Among others, 9 requested proposals for Study Abroad programs, 8 did so for internships, and 4 asked to collaborate at the UMH in Erasmus+ KA107 projects. As for options concerning mobility for both students and graduates, the interest by American universities in requesting training stays at the UMH is noteworthy.

Furthermore, several Latin American institutions showed interest in implementing UMH master’s programs at their universities or in developing joint graduate-level programs with this university.


7 June 2018 and Comments off


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Associate Dean in Journalism Projection promotes the Study Abroad UMH program at prestigious universities in New York

Miguel Carvajal during his visit to the United States.

Associate Professor of Journalism and Associate Dean in Journalism Projection at the UMH, Miguel Carvajal, visited prestigious universities in New York last week. During his stay there, he presented the Mediterranean Cultural Studies Study Abroad UMH program to strengthen the UMH presence in the USA. He also met with representatives from American institutions to establish exchange agreements for the UMH undergraduate programs of Journalism and Audiovisual Communication in addition to the Master’s in Innovation in Journalism.

Within the framework of the UMH DESTINO Program for Faculty & Research Personnel, professor Carvajal entered into an exchange agreement with Pace University in order to expand the curricular offer for UMH students. The journalism and film programs at that US university are characterized by a practical work methodology that include cutting-edge courses on media innovation, drone journalism, documentary production, and journalism in social networks. Among the forms of collaboration, the agreement being formulated is contemplating semester-long exchanges, a specific training program for American students in Elche, and collaboration between the faculty at both centers.

During his stay in New York, professor Carvajal had the opportunity to analyze the Entrepreneurial Journalism program at the City University of New York, a pioneer in the field, which is coordinated by Director of Education for the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Jeremy Caplan. Furthermore, Dr. Carvajal met with Bozena I. Mierzejewska, Assistant Professor in Communications and Media Management at Fordham University.

As for the UMH Master’s in Innovation in Journalism, Miguel Carvajal, who is also the program’s coordinator, set up the first global network of university faculty of entrepreneurship and innovation in journalism. Among its members are professors from CUNY, Pace University, and Fordham University, all located in New York City. Moreover, more than twenty academics from Spanish and European universities also comprise part of this work group.

13 October 2017 and Comments off


The Miguel Hernández University of Elche has added three new programs to its Study Abroad package, two specializing in communications engineering (Electronics for Satellite Communications and Wireless Sensor Networks) and one on regional food and the knowhow behind it (Mediterranean Diet and Landscapes). They provide specific training to international students while they integrate themselves into our Mediterranean surroundings.  

These new courses expand the learning possibilities by UMH Study Abroad, which also includes the Mediterranean Cultural Studies program, and offers university students and instructors a wide range of possibilities for advancing their knowledge within the province of Alicante over various weeks. These three specific courses were recently presented at international events, including NAFSA and EAIE, in addition to during successive visits by the International Relations team to American universities. The programs in UMH Study Abroad are part of the initiatives to promote the internationalization and projection of the university.

13 September 2017 and Comments off

UMH participates at NAFSA, the most important educational event in North America

Vicente Micol, Vice Rector for International Relations, and Inmaculada Blaya, Director of the Service of International Relations, Development Cooperation and Volunteerism at the UMH, this week are at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, an international meeting attended by the most important universities in North America, which this year is being held in Los Angeles, California.

The objective of the UMH presence at this gathering is to strengthen existing links with North and South American institutions in addition to expanding them to enable cooperation in academic areas and student and faculty mobility between both parts. Moreover, the UMH is also presenting its Study Abroad programs, which are directed especially at North American students. “These are courses designed especially to take place over four weeks during summer, and they provide training in various subjects and reinforce the level of Spanish in North American students at the same time that they permit learning about our culture and enjoying our Mediterranean environment,” explains Vicente Micol.

In doing so, the UMH is continuing its internationalization strategy towards the United States and Latin America, and this permitted presenting the UMH Area of US Hispanic Studies and the Mediterranean Culture Study Abroad program. So far, these efforts have resulted in various collaboration agreements with outstanding educational institutions and cooperation in the area of Hispanic studies. In this regard, the UMH is taking advantage of its attendance at NAFSA to promote the Ryszard Kapuściński 4th International Seminar of Journalism, Human Rights, Migration and Borders, which will be held this fall.

1 June 2017 and Comments off


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2017-04-Cartel_PoesíaGabriella(web) (1)Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, one of the most accredited representatives of current North American poetry, will recite her work at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) on April 6 in Room 5 of the Atzavares Building on the Elche Campus. The activity begins at 9:30 a.m., and is being organized by the Area of US Hispanic Studies, part of the Miguel Hernández Chair, in collaboration with the vice rectorates for International Relations and Culture and University Extension.

Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs has a PhD from Stanford University and is an associate professor of Modern Languages and Women Studies at Seattle University. In addition to extensive research activity, Gabriella Gutiérrez is author and editor of several publications rooted in Chicano poetry, a term of identity that refers to persons with Mexican heritage residing in the United States. Within contemporary North American literature, this current has its foremost exponent in the figure of Texas poet, Tino Villanueva.

Over the last fifty years, the Chicano population has contributed significantly to enriching North American culture by contributing their Hispanic American heritage and creative talents to the diverse and multicultural movement within that country. In this context, contributions from Chicano writers and poets such as Gabriella Gutiérrez have been fundamental to the cultural, literary, and linguistic decentralization of the United States. Today, we cannot talk about American culture and literature being only Anglo Saxon in nature; words are also being written, sung, and represented in Spanish by Hispanic American writers, musicians, and dramatists. The writing by Gabriella Gutiérrez manifests itself expressively, filled with nuance, within what has been called the double consciousness and double sensitivity, in a country where more than 50 million Hispanic Americans currently reside.

4 April 2017 and Comments off

Promotion of the UMH study abroad program at universities in the United States

Mediterranean Cultural Studies, a Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) study abroad program, has been presented at various American universities by Vicente Micol, Vice Rector for International Relations. To accomplish this, Micol met with representatives from Spanish language departments at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Central Washington University (CWU), and California State University Northridge (CSUN).

Vicente Micol with Antonio Sanchez at Central Washington University.

Vicente Micol with Antonio Sanchez at Central Washington University.

At the University of Washington, the Vice Rector was received by María Gillman, with whom he talked about the UMH study abroad program. In the case of Central Washington University, Micol met with Dr. Antonio Sanchez to examine the potential of the UMH program and to identify programs of interest for CWU students with Spanish language skills.

The visit concluded at California State University Northridge in Los Angeles, where Micol met with officials from the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies with the same objectives in mind. In this sense, Micol assures that “the faculty showed significant interest in the program, as well as in the recently created Area of US Hispanic Studies of the Miguel Hernández Chair.” Moreover, in this final meeting, the foundations were laid for a symposium to be held at the UMH in 2017, organized by the Miguel Hernández Chair, with the main theme being the influence of Spanish literature on US Hispanic literature throughout history, analyzed through journalism, and where both American and Spanish faculty from the areas of journalism and literature will participate as speakers.

Vicente Micol with CSUN Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Chair, Gabriel Gutierrez, and faculty members Ana Sánchez and Rodolfo Acuña.

Vicente Micol with CSUN Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies Chair, Gabriel Gutierrez, and faculty members Ana Sánchez and Rodolfo Acuña.

These visits are part of the plan for promoting the Mediterranean Cultural Studies study abroad program, which is directed at North American students and implemented by the UMH Vice Rectorate for International Relations, in collaboration with the Academic Language Institute (ALI) of Alicante.

24 November 2016 and Comments off


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Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations – International Projection, Associate Professor José Luis González, presented the UMH at various American university campuses, including Texas State University (San Marcos), University of Texas at San Antonio, Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas), University of California San Diego, Duke University (Durham, North Carolina), and North Carolina State University (NCSU; Raleigh, North Carolina). The main objective of these visits was to introduce the UMH and its academics and foster mobility of students and faculty in the United States. More specifically, José Luis presented the UMH’s Area of US Hispanic Studies and the new Mediterranean Cultural Studies Study Abroad program. Both initiatives were warmly received at the American universities.

José Luis González at UC San Diego with Dan Hallin and Carmen López.

José Luis González at UC San Diego with Dan Hallin and Carmen López.

Dr. Ryan Buck hosted Dr. González at Texas State University, and the UMH deputy vice rector also had the opportunity to visit with Professor Marcus Felson, a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the UMH. Activities on this campus consisted in a presentation of the UMH, the Area of US Hispanic Studies, and the study abroad program with Dr. Buck, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs; Isis de la O, Associate Director, Study Abroad Office; Dr. Lucy Harney, Departmental Chair, Department of Modern Languages, in addition to other faculty from this department. Subsequent to this, an interesting meeting was held with representatives from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, directed by Dr. Judy Oskam, and they were informed about the evolution of the Master’s in Innovation in Journalism program at the UMH. The Texas State University meetings concluded with a visit to the Center for the Study of the Southwest, wherein its director, historian Dr. Jesús F. de la Teja, was especially interested in the actions of the Area of US Hispanic Studies framework, such as joint seminars to address border problems in Europe and the United States. The visit to this Texas University concluded with a guided visit to its library, where the legacy of Chicano poet and Professor Emeritus Tino Villanueva was shown.

The UMH was also presented to prestigious Trinity University, and here Associate Professor González had the opportunity to meet with his counterparts, Dr. Nanette C. Le Coat and Dr. Katsuo A. Nishikawa, who positively assessed the UMH internationalization strategy and expressed their interest in visiting our university in the spring of 2017.

The University of Texas at San Antonio was one of the universities interest most in the UMH Mediterranean Cultural Studies study abroad program, and with this university, a framework agreement has already been signed. Associate Professor Margarita Machado-Casas, responsible for international programs at the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies highlighted real possibilities for collaboration between both institutions.

UTSA meeting with Margarita Machado-Casas.

UTSA meeting with Margarita Machado-Casas.

The meetings with American universities in this UMH internationalization process concluded at the University of California San Diego and in the state of North Carolina. In the former, José Luis González met with Professor Daniel C. Hallin; in the latter, presentations took place at Duke University and NC State.

8 November 2016 and Comments off