The University of Alicante opens the 9th Conference on University Research Networks and celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Call
Alicante, 14th June 2011
The Director of the Polytechnic College, Juan Jose Moreno, and the Director of the UNESCO Chair in University Management and Policy, Francisco Michavila, will inaugurate the conference on Thursday
The University of Alicante celebrates the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Call Research Network University with a tremendously positive balance of participation. On Thursday, 16th June, at 10 am in the Lecture Hall II, begins the 9th edition of the training sessions held in parallel to the call and will last until Friday, the 17th. Under the title “Diseño de buenas prácticas docentes en el contexto actual”(Design of good teaching practices in the current context), the 9th Conference on University Research Networks will present a comprehensive programme trying to answer and share some of the most interesting topics in the university community.
To this end, the opening ceremony chaired by the president of the UA, Ignacio Jiménez Raneda, and the Vice President for Strategic Planning and Quality Standards, Cecilia Gomez, will be attended by two relevant speakers, Juan José Moreno Navarro, Director-General for University Policy at the Ministry of Education, who will offer the Inaugural Lecture “Innovación docente universitaria: 10 años después de Bolonia” (University Teaching Innovation: 10 years after Bologna) and Francisco Michavila Pitarch, Director of the UNESCO Chair in University Management and Policy, who will speak on “Bolonia: Certezas, dudas y preguntas” (Bologna: Certainties, doubts and questions).
In order to strengthen and promote collaborative work in research and teaching innovation to boost the creation of common spaces between teachers, this Call on University Research Networks was started in the academic year 2001/2002, as stated by Cecilia Gomez, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Quality Standards at the UA.
A year later, during the academic year 2002/2003, the University of Alicante opened the Research Network Conference to disseminate the results of the projects submitted and also to set up a place to share the experience in research and teaching innovation.
The Vice President Cecilia Gomez has performed a balance of these first ten years of the call stating that "the developments in participation, both in the call and in the conference, is overwhelmingly positive. It has been ten years of effort and a strong institutional commitment to research and teaching innovation in order to improve the quality of training programmes. Today, we can say that it is a consolidated programme with a strong involvement of the university community and has been pioneer nationally".
Data give evidence of this fact. This year we have submitted to the Network Programme Call 172 projects with 1492 participants (221 more than last year).
EVOLUTION GRAPHIC ON THE NETWORKS PROGRAMME 2001-2011
Similarly, at the 9th Conference on Networks, 245 communications were submitted with a total of 788 participants from 35 universities in Spanish.
New this year has been the Perseverance Recognition Awards and the most voted poster.
The coordination of the Networks Programme and Conference has been carried out at the Education Sciences Institute (ESI)