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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. 

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Flor Micaela Ramírez Leyva, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the Coast of Jalisco University Center (located in Puerto Vallarta), a unit of the University of Guadalajara (UDG) of Mexico, visited the Miguel Hernández University of Elche yesterday, May 25, to formalize a specific agreement for movement by both faculty and students, which is a result of prior negotiations between both institutions.

Vicente Micol se reúne con Flor Micaela Ramírez

Vicente Micol with Flor Micaela Ramírez

This agreement, fostered by associate professors Ramírez of the UDG and José Luis González of the UMH, will enable equivalency for 15 degree programs at both universities at undergraduate and master levels alike. Furthermore, Flor Micaela Ramírez took advantage of her UMH visit to present the academic, social, and cultural offerings at the University of Guadalajara in addition to her research activity. In the meeting with Ms. Ramírez, Vicente Micol, UMH Vice Rector for International Relations, concluded that the cultural and academic similarities between the UMH and UDG will facilitate movement by the university communities.


Flor Ramírez presenting the UDG to the Vice Rectorate for International Relations

The University of Guadalajara is considered one of Mexico’s best, and is its second largest: it educates some 250,000 students in programs taught at its 15 campuses. Guadalajara is its main campus, and capital of the state of Jalisco.

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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


Cartel_MexicoFronterizo(web)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,, 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.

One of the photographs in the collection, Ciudad de los deportados, by José Pedro Martínez.

One of the photographs in the collection, Ciudad de los deportados, by José Pedro Martínez.


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.

9 March 2017 and Comments off

(Español) Exposición fotoperiodismo México Fronterizo, por José Pedro Martínez

March 9, 2017

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As part of the UMH internationalization strategy, a framework agreement with the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, (UASLP, Mexico) has been renewed, in addition to new agreements signed for faculty and student mobility. The ceremony presenting the agreements took place in the assembly hall at that university’s Faculty of Communication, and its participants included the UASLP Registrar, Anuar Abraham Kasis, and the director of said faculty, Jorge Héctor Ávila; representing the UMH was Associate Professor of Journalism and Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations, José Luis González.

The UMH-UASLP agreement.

The UMH-UASLP agreement.

The UASLP is synonymous with San Luis Potosí, a colonial city whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city, located in the center of Mexico, gives its name to the state wherein it belongs, and has more than 2.5 million inhabitants. It is one of the most historic institutions of higher education throughout Mexico, founded in 1923, and currently with some 30,000 students enrolled.

During his brief stay at the UASLP, Dr. González had the opportunity to visit the installations of the new and modern Audiovisual Communications building, the avant-garde Bicentenario Cultural University Center, in addition to the colonial building with significant artistic value housing the Rectorate of this prestigious Mexican university. Moreover, Dr. González participated in a conference entitled “Journalistic Commitment, Research and Context” that was part of the Forum of Communication, Culture and Society.”

14 November 2016 and Comments off


The UMH and the University of Guadalajara, one of the most prominent educational institutions in Mexico, have strengthened ties by signing an extensive and specific mobility agreement for their students and faculty. This agreement was signed at the CUCOSTA campus that the University of Guadalajara has in the city of Puerto Vallarta. Participants in the signing included CUCOSTA Rector, Marco Antonio Cortés Guardado, and representing the UMH was Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations, Associate Professor José Luis González.

University of Guadalajara CUCOSTA Rector, Marco Antonio Cortés, and Associate Professor José Luis González.

University of Guadalajara CUCOSTA Rector, Marco Antonio Cortés, and Associate Professor José Luis González.

The University of Guadalajara, located in the state of Jalisco, is the second largest Mexican university in terms of enrolled students. This agreement will allow mobility to the 15 campuses of the University of Guadalajara, some as noteworthy as that of Puerto Vallarta, which offers many incentives for motivating UMH faculty and student mobility. This agreement covers 24 degree programs, 16 of which are undergraduate and 8 that are master’s programs.

Associate Professor González, in addition to meeting with Rector Cortés Guardado, also met with department directors and degree program coordinators at the Puerto Vallarta campus, where he presented the UMH and explained the specific agreements that have been signed between both institutions.

Finally, as part of the UMH internationalization plan and its strategy for fortifying international relations with Mexican universities, Associate Professor González will also travel to the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (Mexico) in the upcoming days, where he will sign another faculty and student mobility agreement.

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27 October 2016 and Comments off

(Español) Estefanía Moreno: “Para mí el programa Destino significó mucho más que conocer un país mientras estudiaba”

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(Español) Vicent Poveda sobre el programa Destino: “Ha sido la mejor experiencia de mi vida”

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