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UMH students conclude on-site phase of the international Travel Transformation project for sustainable development

Students from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) have concluded the on-site phase of the Travel Transformation project, an international initiative that strives to raise awareness about sustainable development. This project, funded by Erasmus+, consists of two such stays, one in Karnitz (Germany) and another in Santiago de Chile and La Ligua (also in Chile), as well as an online portion, wherein the participants continue working.

The international group from the Travel Transformation project along with instructors and participants from the International Summer Diploma at the Academy of Christian Humanism University (Santiago, Chile).

The Travel Transformation goal is to bring together sustainable development, the realities of climate change, and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to young people everywhere through communication. To accomplish this, a group of participants from six different countries (Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Greece, Germany, and Spain) work together in workshops that produce products in various formats, such as audiovisual elements, radio broadcasts, advertisements, paintings, photographs, television shows, animations, etc., all under the coordination of professionals on the subject matter.

Furthermore, the youngsters attended lectures by sustainable development researchers and activists that form part of the Summer International Diploma to Raise Awareness about Sustainability and the Culture of Sustainable Change held at the Academy of Christian Humanism University, and this methodology was equally employed by the instructors during the stay in Germany. Their first days in Chile were characterized by fieldwork carried out by the international group under the coordination of the consulting team at Transformas Chile. There, the students resided in a rural area and took various trips to see firsthand and internalize that country’s socio-environmental realities.

Participants from the Travel Transformation project during their visit to the La Ligua museum.

Throughout upcoming months, the international participants will continue working on the Travel Transformation project by organizing activities within their own surroundings. The products developed in Chile, which include various audiovisuals, radio spots, and an animation, will soon be available on the platform that Kolleg KMGNE (the project’s coordinating institution) is currently developing. The products that resulted from the stay in Germany during August can be consulted here.


5 February 2018 and Comments off

UMH signs agreements in China with Shenzhen University and the Shenzhen Shuibei International Center of Business

Vice Rector for International Relations at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH), Vicente Micol, along with a delegation of representatives from the Diputación de Alicante and business and academic sectors, attended the International Project Matching on Belt and Road Investment and Cooperation for Foreign Countries that was recently held in Shenzhen, China (Canton Province). During his visit, Vice Rector Micol signed an agreement with Shenzhen University and another with the Shenzhen Shuibei International Center of Business. This visit represents part of an agreement that was signed by UMH Rector, Jesús Pastor Ciurana, President of the Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, and University of Alicante President, Manuel Palomar.


The agreement signed by the Diputación and the public universities from the province of Alicante aims to open both academic institutions to Canton Province and the city of Shenzhen. This is one of China’s most thriving areas, undergoing tremendous economic development, and it is considered the Silicon Valley of China. These activities are intended to form part of the Belt and Road Initiative, which will receive investments from the Chinese government of almost one trillion euros. Likewise, the Diputación representatives presented the projects for the Tren de la Costa (coastal railroad) and the Alicante Port Economic Zone to Chinese construction companies and financial institutions.

During this event, the Alicante delegation visited the Shenzhen Enterprise Confederation (SEC), a group of more than 5,000 businesses in the Shenzhen area. With this in mind, UMH Vice Rector Micol Molina met with the executive president of this institution, Yu Jian, to initiate contacts for collaboration with the UMH Scientific Park and future Elche Technological Campus. Micol also spoke with Qiu Daoyong, the founder of Shenzhen Bay Sci-Tech Innovation Group and individual responsible for the generation of startups and spinoffs, to establish collaboration with the UMH Scientific Park and mobility activities between UMH and Chinese students. While pursuing a similar goal, Micol also visited with the managers of Shenzhen Bay Ecological Science and Technology Park, one of the six technological parks in that city.

The visit then continued at Shenzhen University, where the Alicante delegation met with its Vice President, Du Hongbiao, the director of its Institute of Languages, and that of its Office of International Relations. The UMH presented its academic offer and various possibilities for mobility were examined. Shenzhen University has students possessing basic knowledge of Spanish, and these represent potential incoming students for our university’s mobility and study abroad programs. The Chinese university, prominent in engineering fields, has very few agreements with other Spanish institutions of higher learning. Also attending the meeting was the Consul General of Spain in Canton, Marcos Gómez.

Furthermore, the UMH Vice Rector for International Relations reached an agreement with the International Business Center (IBC) that aims to collaborate in the development of new materials and the search for investment funding for UMH spinoffs and startups.

To complete the visit, the UMH attended a working meeting hosted by the Shenzhen Chamber of Investment, in which a group of 30 chamber member businesses participated. At this meeting, the UMH presented what it has to offer these businesses, which are involved in diverse sectors, such as biotechnology, waste management, agribusiness, hygiene and cleaning products, tourism, fiber optics, aerospace, drone manufacturing, and automation systems.

The visit culminated with the signing of all the agreements between Shenzhen University, the UMH, and University of Alicante. This agreement was signed during the annual dinner gala of the Shenzhen Chamber of Investment.

In addition to UMH Vice Rector Vicente Micol, the Alicante delegation also included the Vice President of the Diputación de Alicante, Carlos Castillo; former President of the Port Authority, Mario Flores; the head of the Presidential Cabinet and leader of the Partido Popular in Alicante, Antonio Peral; CEPYME President, Cristóbal Navarro; and University of Alicante Vice President for International Relations, Juan Llopis.

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29 January 2018 and Comments off


The Bachelor’s in Audiovisual Communication and the Cinematography Studies at the Fluminense Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) have laid the foundations for future joint collaboration projects to facilitate exchanges of students and faculty between both institutions, both academic and in the field of research.

The program coordinator for the Bachelor’s in Audiovisual Communication, Begoña Ivars Nicolás, along with that program’s area coordinator, Montserrat Jurado Martín, visited various Brazilian universities during the month of December to formalize exchange agreements to facilitate joint projects and study stays for both Brazilian and Spanish students.

Begoña and Montserrat presented the results of the International Student Film Project (ISFP) for the shooting of short fiction and documentary films in an environment of international coproduction, wherein students from at least three universities from different countries collaborate during the month of July on various productions. In particular, the Fluminense Federal University expressed strong interest in joining the ISFP project for upcoming editions.

Moreover, the two academics presented the undergraduate programs of Audiovisual Communication and Journalism, the Master’s in Innovation in Journalism program, the Study Abroad program by the Vice Rectorate for International Relations, and the Miguel Hernández Communication Journal (MHCJ) that is published by the Department of Social and Human Sciences. Their stay was funded by the Support for the Internationalization of Schools, Faculties, and Research Institutes program (AIEFI) organized by the UMH Vice Rectorate for International Relations in collaboration with the Audiovisual Communication and Journalism programs.


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Associate Deans for the Bachelor’s in Labor Relations and Human Resources at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH), Purificación Cremades and Rosario Carmona, have visited universities in Argentina to present the UMH and initiate student and faculty mobility agreements between the UMH and Argentinian institutions.

UMH faculty at the Faculty of Law at the University of Buenos Aires.

The visit is part of the program of Support for the Internationalization of Schools, Faculties, and Research Institutes (AIEFI) organized by the UMH Vice Rectorate for International Relations. During the stay, the UMH professors toured the faculties of Social Sciences and Economy and the Faculty of Law at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), National University of La Plata (UNLP), National University of the Center of the Buenos Aires Province (UNICEN), Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), and the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF).

The visit resulted in the signing of an agreement with UNICEN and the beginning of negotiations for exploring collaboration opportunities between the UMH and the Argentinian universities UBA, UNLP, and UNTREF. Both UMH faculty declared that the institutions visited demonstrated a desire for “effective collaboration with the UMH,” and that on a personal level, “the best part of the trip was the warm manner in how in how we were received.”



26 October 2017 and Comments off


The Vice Rectorate for International Relations at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) has published the third issue of Global UMH magazine. This periodical reports on notable international activity going on at the UMH in both paper and digital versions, and is available free of charge from any device here. Global UMH is published in English and Spanish and serves as a letter of presentation for the UMH.

This issue coincides with the 20th anniversary of the UMH and the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus program. Its opening story talks about the beginnings of the Office of International Relations, and how both it and mobility from the Erasmus+ program have evolved since then. Other stories cover the Capacities 4 Climate Change project (C4CC) to raise awareness about climate change, the inauguration of the Nemba lunchroom in Rwanda, an initiative of solidarity by two engineering students who crossed parts of the Sahara Desert in an early model automobile, in addition to the exhibition by photojournalist José Pedro Martínez that the UMH hosted, which has been extended and will be displayed at the upcoming fourth Ryszard Kapuscinski International Seminar.

The latest edition, as well as the previous two, can be consulted at

27 September 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


Students and graduates from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) are participating in the Erasmus+ project Travel Transformation, whose objective is to improve communication capabilities on raising awareness about climate change and sustainability. The project participants included young people from various fields of knowledge from six countries, including Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Greece, Germany, and Spain.

During the final two weeks of August, the group stayed in the small town of Karnitz, Germany, a locale that offers a summer school every year that addresses sustainability and shows how to publicize it. For this, the participants took part in different workshops on spots, animation, online TV, radio, painting, and transmedia. Each workshop concluded with at least one product focused on raising awareness about climate change.

These products will be made available on a web platform, and the participants will attend a second meeting in Chile in January 2018. The UMH also participated in a project about raising awareness on climate change last year under the alias of C4CC: Capacities for Climate Change. The current activity is part of Erasmus+ KA2.

5 September 2017 and Comments off

(Español) La UMH firma un convenio de colaboración con el Ayuntamiento de Elche para la celebración de un seminario internacional sobre periodismo y derechos humanos

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27 July 2017 Comments off


Participants in the International Student Film Project have finished shooting their first short film, in which 25 undergraduate audiovisual communication students from the Universidad de las Californias Internacional (México), University of Beira Interior (Portugal), and UMH took part. The short, entitled Cuando venga a por mí, will be screened on Friday, July 28 at 5 p.m. in the Salón de Grados in the Arenales building on the Elche Campus. 

Filming took place within a home in Murcia, at the Vinalopó University Hospital, in addition to the Elche Campus. Children enrolled in the UMH Summer School participated in the latter location as six-year-old extras, and they provided life and realism to the short film. As such, the children were able to enjoy a day of filming both in front of and behind the cameras, and they were learned about the phases and means of making movies, in which more than 25 hours of work were invested.

The International Student Film Project is organized by the Audiovisual Communication program in conjunction with the Vice Rectorate for International Relations, Vice Rectorate for Culture and University Extension, Vice Rectorate for Student Affairs and Athletics, Elche International Festival of Independent Film (FICIE), Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Elche, and the Audiovisual Communication and Advertising Observatory research group. 

25 July 2017 and Comments off


The UMH has held the first masterclass in the International Student Film Project, which will permit some twenty students to participate in the coproduction of short films, and that will continue throughout the month of July. Participating in this initiative are students from three universities:  the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Universidad de las Californias Internacional (Mexico), and the University of Beira Interior (Portugal).

Pablo Mas, lecturer at the UMH and member of the Spanish Academy of Film, opened the International Student Film Project. Also participating in the workshop was Ramón San Juan, who delved into the importance of music in film, as well as Fran Mateu, who will advise students on scripts.

Pablo Mas giving the first master class in the International Student Film Project.

Pablo Mas giving the first master class in the International Student Film Project.


Over the next four weeks, each participant will produce a short film under the tutelage of different professionals, but with full autonomy to develop each’s own work. The participants may exchange work routines and experiences with the objective of enriching and consolidating personal theoretical and practical knowledge they have acquired during the academic year. For this edition, they are being supervised by lecturer Francisco Martínez and under the UMH Audiovisual undergraduate program. The short films will then be broadcast by the three universities at film festivals and contests within their areas of influence.

The International Student Film Project is being organized by the Audiovisual Communication program, and supported by the Vice Rectorate for International Relations, Vice Rectorate for Culture and University Extension, Vice Rectorate for Students Affairs and Athletics, the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Elche, FICIE, and the UMH Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Elche.

7 July 2017 and Comments off