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THREE NEW PROGRAMS ADDED TO THE UMH STUDY ABROAD OFFER


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

(Español) GABRIELLA GUTIÉRREZ Y MUHS Y ARMANDO MIGUÉLEZ HABLAN SOBRE EL MUNDO CHICANO, INMIGRACIÓN Y RACISMO EN ESTADOS UNIDOS


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16 May 2017 Comments off

POETRY READING BY GABRIELLA GUTIÉRREZ Y MUHS AT THE UMH


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

(Español) LA UMH ESTRECHA RELACIONES CON UNIVERSIDADES NORTEAMERICANAS PARA FOMENTAR LA COOPERACIÓN ACADÉMICA


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20 November 2016 Comments off

UMH STRENGTHENS TIES WITH AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES TO PROMOTE STUDENT AND FACULTY MOBILITY


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

AREA OF HISPANIC AMERICAN STUDIES IMPLEMENTED BY THE UMH


The Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) has implemented the new Area of Hispanic American Studies, under the Miguel Hernández Chair directed by Professor Francisco Esteve, the result of a specific collaboration agreement between the UMH vice rectorates of International Relations and Institutional Relations and the Academic Language Institute. Its main objective is to project the Miguel Hernández Chair and the Miguel Hernández University within the United States, establishing a framework for action by relations with North American academic institutions that promote a forum between Hispanic American (Chicano) and Spanish (Mediterranean) literature.

Furthermore, the collaboration commitment contemplates disseminating in the United States the first official UMH study abroad program, Mediterranean Cultural Studies, in addition to other similar activities directed at students and faculty from North American universities.

El director de ALI Abroad, Armando Miguélez; el Vicerrector de Relaciones Internacionales, Vicente Micol y la vicerrectora de Relaciones Institucionales, Mª Teresa Pérez firman el convenio específico de colaboración entre la UMH y ALI Abroad

Armando Miguélez (ALI Abroad), Vicente Micol (International Relations), and Mª Teresa Pérez (Institutional Relations) signing the collaboration agreement between the UMH and ALI.

The collaboration agreement between the UMH and the Academic Language Institute was finalized by UMH Vice Rector for Institutional Relations, María Teresa Pérez Vázquez; UMH Vice Rector for International Relations, Vicente Micol; and the director of the Academic Language Institute, academic Armando Miguélez.

Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations, Associate Professor José Luis González, will present the new UMH Area of Hispanic American Studies and the Mediterranean Cultural Studies program at the 10th International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies being held at the Complutense University of Madrid, a meeting in which a hundred North American and European academics are taking part.


30 May 2016 and Comments off