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15 November 2019


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15 November 2019


The Deputy Minister for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology of the Dominican Republic, Plácido Gómez, visited the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) to consolidate the alliance between the Dominican government and the UMH.

During his visit, Gómez met with UMH Rector, Juan José Ruiz; Vice Rector for International Relations, Vicente Micol; in addition to a UMH delegation formed by Vice Rector for Research, Domingo Orozco; Vice Rector for Knowledge Transfer and Exchange, María José López; Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations, José Luis Esteban; Ibero-America Espejo Program Director, Joaquín Pastor; Director of the Scientific Park, Tonia Salinas; and with the Academic Director of the Virtual Environment of Nanocourse Education, Fernando Borrás. These meetings helped define the possibilities for implementing within the Dominican Republic’s university system, which is home to 49 universities, the graduate-level programs that have been established in the Ibero-America Espejo Program that is supported by the Vice Rectorate for International Relations. The meetings also served to advance discussions on grants by the Dominican Republic government for future Dominican students at the UMH.

This institutional visit also enabled the Deputy Minister to tour the UMH Scientific Park, research group facilities at the institutes of Bioengineering (IB); Research, Development and Innovation in Sanitary Biotechnology of Elche (IDiBE); Neurosciences (IN), and at the Cyborg Center. At these centers, Gómez met with the directors at the IB (Ángela Sastre) and IDiBE (Antonio Ferrer), the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Antonio Compañ, and with the Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Salvador Martínez.

14 November 2019 and


In August 2019, the Sabinar Raid UMH team, comprised of Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) students, returned from their solidarity adventure, Europ’Raid: Eastern Adventures. With support from the Vice Rectorate for International Relations, Alfonso Ases and Borja Gallud, both students from the UMH Master’s in Industrial Engineering, along with Manuel Arnau, a UMH mechanical engineering undergraduate student, drove through 22 European countries while behind the wheel of a 1989 Peugeot 205 automobile. During the 13,800 kilometers and 22 completed stages, they delivered 100 kilograms of solidary material.

One hundred and fifty European individuals, which included youngsters in orphanages, people with functional diversity, and others in processes of occupational and/social integration, were the recipients of this solidarity material that the Sabinar Raid team delivered. Of the material donated, footwear, cold weather clothing, and school materials stand out. “This kind of material is highly valued by the social centers and schools, given the extreme winter temperatures there,” says Alfonso Ases, the team’s founding member. The main purpose of these kinds of solidary actions of volunteerism is to deliver necessary material. “Our collaboration is fairly small, but it enabled providing these centers and schools with supplies for the upcoming school year,” recounts Ases.

Most of the material was delivered in the city of Mostar, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and specifically at Los Rosales School. The Spanish government founded it, but the school no longer receives any funding from Spain. “Today, Los Rosales survives solely from donations, it receives no income, but it has a history that made it deserving of an initiative of social integration since its early beginnings, and so this was an incentive,” explains Ases. Other centers that received material receive support from Eastern European governments, along with French and German NGOs that work in those areas.


The experience

For the team members, their solidarity challenge enabled them to gain a “global view of the whole of Europe.” As for his adventure, Manuel Arnau, a Sabinar Raid member who had not undergone an experience like this ever before, considers that “seeing less developed countries, places that adapt to what they possess, makes you value the good fortune of where we are that much more.”

Throughout the past 25 years, countries in Eastern Europe have been affected by civil wars that have left marks on their inhabitants, which is why they have their own initiatives for developing the most deteriorated and affected areas. “We were in places with extreme poverty, religious influences, and severe political conflict. In the young people, you see contrasts – they are always happy, but muted on the inside,” narrates Arnau.

Following his experience in countries such as Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Greece, Alfonso Ases reached the conclusion that a closer relationship between European countries would be of great benefit. “We are undergoing a series of social problems that do not seem important. It would seem like there is nothing beyond Italy; that past it is not Europe. However, as soon as you become aware of the situation, you recognize that there are many similarities with our culture. We would all benefit if we developed together, more so than if everybody just looked after their own piece of land,” says Ases.

Despite the mechanical problems their car suffered, constant rain throughout the route, and the extensive kilometers traveled, Borja Gallud, the Sabinar Raid’s third member, affirms that it was among the most enriching experiences he has ever undergone and a tremendous cultural exchange. He finishes by adding that despite the different philosophies between the previous UniRaid in the Sahara Dessert and the recent Europ’Raid: Eastern Adventures, the affection he felt was the same.

13 November 2019 and


Vulcanus in Japan is a program that consists in carrying out industrial internships in Japan. These internships begin in September and conclude in August of the subsequent year. The students complete:  

  • A weeklong seminar in Japan.
  • A four-month intensive course of Japanese.
  • An internship lasting 8 months at a Japanese company.

The Vulcanus program in Japan is subsidized by both the Japanese businesses that host the students and by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation. Students receive a grant of 1,900,000 yen, which is intended to cover travel expenses and basic living expenses in Japan. The host business is responsible for each intern’s accommodations for the 12 months. The Japanese language course and seminar are covered by the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

Applicants, nationals of EU*/COSME countries, must be:

– enrolled in an EU/COSME university, in either an engineering or scientific field* until at least the month of June subsequent to submitting the application.

– enrolled between the fourth year of an undergraduate program and next-to-last year of a PhD program.

– able to be absent from your university program for one year.

*Eligible programs are those related to computer science, engineering, chemistry, biotechnology, physics, telecommunications, production systems, etc.


Required documentation

The application process is managed by the Service of International Relations, Development Cooperation and Volunteerism, and includes:

  • Application
  • Applicant’s curriculum vitae
  • Motivation Letter (maximum 1 page in length)
  • Recommendation letter by an instructor from one of the most important program courses
  • University transcript (in English), sealed by the corresponding university
  • University grading system (in English)
  • University enrollment certification (in English)
  • Medical certificate (in English)
  • A separate folder containing photocopies of all the aforementioned documents (except for the Excel spreadsheet)
  • Online submission of personal data, through the online link (only one submission permitted)
  • Information about the required documents

The Service of International Relations will accept all applications, review them, and forward them to the EU-Japan Centre at the appropriate time.

The deadline for submitting all required documents to the Service of International Relations (La Galia Building, Elche Campus), to then be forwarded to the EU-Japan Centre, is January 13, 2020.

Additional program information is available HERE.

12 November 2019 and


The Service of International Relations, Development Cooperation and Volunteerism at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) welcomed Maxime Blondel, a European project technician from the Service of International Relations at the University of Franche-Comté (UFC) of France, to the UMH last week. During his stay, Blondel shared good practices with UMH team members to strengthen bonds between both universities.

The UFC representative also met with Alberto Rodríguez, the Deputy Director of International Relations and Mobility at the School of Engineering of Elche; Vicente Javier Pérez Valero, the Area Coordinator – Bachelor’s in Audiovisual Communication Projection; and Juana Aznar, the Associate Dean of Academic Management & Mobility at the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Orihuela, to learn about the state of student mobility at the UMH.

While in Elche, the French representative also took time to listen to testimonies from UFC students who are studying abroad this year, and are currently at the UMH. According to Blondel, this kind of action is very important, as it enables improving and strengthening agreements with the UMH.    

11 November 2019 and