University of Alicante President.
Valencia Region Secretary for Education and Research
University of Alicante Social Council Chairperson
Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer
Dr. Miralles Torres
Members of the University Community.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Following the traditions of this University at the beginning of each academic year, it is our pleasure to report the previous’ year activities before the university community and society.
I will summarise the 2016/2017 academic year Annual Report, even though I will refer you to the full text that will be available on our corporate website.
The academic year 2016/2017 began on 15 September 2016 with the traditional Opening Ceremony, where Mr. Lorenzo Abad Casal, Professor in Archaeology, delivered the Inaugural Lecture.
The University Senate met in an ordinary session in November 2016, where Professor Mª Cecilia Gómez Lucas was elected as the new University Ombudsperson.
I must also point out the electoral processes carried out throughout the past academic year in three of our Centres, where professors Pedro José Femenía López, from the Faculty of Law and José María Esteve Faubel, from the Faculty of Education, were elected Deans. Lecturer Juan Andrés Montoyo Guijarro was elected as the Director of the Polytechnic School.
In November 2016, the ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters was held.
In March 2017, the 1st UA Social Awards were held.
In terms of the past year’s study and training programmes, 41 undergraduate degrees were taught at the University of Alicante. Noteworthy are the 4 double degrees and the simultaneous degree in Language Studies, as well as the implementation of the first year of the undergraduate degree in Physics.
It is worth mentioning the approval of two simultaneous undergraduate degrees: Primary Education-Humanities, which will begin to be taught this year, and Primary Education- Catalan Studies. Also, the UA-only undergraduate degree in Commercial Airline Transport Operations Pilot was implemented.
Also, 4 international dual undergraduate degrees were approved:
- Two of them from the University of Alicante Faculty of Law and the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI), in Brazil.
- Another between the UA Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences and Northwestern State University of Louisiana, in the U.S.A.
- And very recently, another one has been approved between the Faculty of Arts and the Universität Bamberg in Germany.
In the past year, postgraduate programmes have been consolidated, with the implementation of four new official university Master's degrees and a positive verification of one more, to be soon taught. As for UA-only Master’s, Specialisation and Expert courses, 52 projects have been approved and a total of 352 specialisation courses and activities have been carried out.
As far as PhD degrees are concerned, it is worth mentioning the intense work done by the Doctoral School. A total of 170 PhD theses have been defended, from which 42 have been granted an international PhD endorsement.
Concerning our commitment to Educational Innovation, the University of Alicante has launched the Legal Clinic and has organised an International Network-INNOVAESTIC meeting, where the Conference on Research Networks in University Teaching was held, as well as first International Workshop on ICT and Higher Education Innovation.
The University of Alicante Institutional Repository (RUA) ha become consolidated, being ranked first in the Valencia region, fourth in Spain, and 55th worldwide.
Among the many activities aimed at increasing our University employability, we will highlight the development of the research project "Avalem Territori", together with the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Regional Ministry of Economy-SERVEF for the promotion, research and innovation of employment policies.
In the chapter of in-company internships, around 6,000 students participated in the past academic year. At this point, the Santander-CRUE-CEPYME training programme, the new ONCE-CRUE Foundation paid internships for disabled students, and the Aitana-Erasmus Plus international programme are noteworthy.
The Student Support Centre (SSC) has continued with a good track record, and has been participating in two international projects aimed at exporting the SSC model to other university centres in Latin America and Indonesia.
Our University continues to be a very attractive destination for foreign students and for Spanish students from other universities and we encourage the mobility of our own students. Therefore, the financing for both the non-European Mobility Programme and the Erasmus PLUS Programme has been maintained, which has made it possible to increase international mobility once again.
In this global internationalisation strategy, new agreements have been signed with prestigious Universities from the five continents, and activities and agreements with Latin America have been coordinated and promoted from the Ibero-American Campus.
On the other hand, we are proud to report the high activity level achieved by our University in the field of scientific research, technological development and innovation. This activity is reflected in the financial resources received for the start-up and implementation of research projects and technological development of several types.
Thus, the following was achieved over the past academic year:
-120 projects in national programmes for an amount of around 9 million euros.
-114 projects in regional programmes involving a financing of almost four million euros.
- The International Project Management Office has managed 52 international projects, and 9 contracts with the European Commission that have resulted in a total funding of almost three million euros.
- Also, the Office for Transfer of Research Results (OTRI), some 700 agreements and research contracts were signed, for an amount exceeding five million euros.
Therefore, in the past year, more than 20 million euros were raised, of which a quarter came from contracts with companies and the rest from the participation of the University in different European, national or regional public calls. The large funds received by the University show the success of our internationalisation strategies undertaken and the relations with productive resources.
Likewise, we must emphasise that, during the past academic year, the University of Alicante has increased its budget with around a 1.8 million euro investment for its own research programme through the R&D+i strategic axis. A fundamental objective has been the creation of Technology-Based Firms, with two new ones in the past academic year.
Also, together with the Office of the Vice President for Students, the UA EMPRENDE LAB, a training itinerary aimed at all those members of the university community who want to start a new business. This cycle ended with the Call for the 2017 IMPULSO Awards.
In the field of information technologies, the University of Alicante maintained its firm commitment, brought to life in several actions, among which the implementation of new procedures that can be carried out via electronic administration must be highlighted, with a considerable increase in the procedures carried out last year and the new UA Cloud IT applications.
In terms of Campus-related activities, other than continuing to work on the institutional project "Inclusive Campus, Technological Campus", the refurbishment of the old Faculty of Education building has been completed, and the urban development works for the Campus enlargement areas and the Science Park are still in progress, as well as for the University old buildings. We must highlight the development of ad hoc classrooms such as the Polytechnic School robotics and electronics laboratories, the opening of the student forensic lab at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Science Laboratories at the Chemical Technology Centre.
As far as culture is concerned, La Alcudia Classical Theatre Festival was held, and the UA Cultural Agenda was completed with special relevance to the activities related to the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of the poet Miguel Hernández.
As usual, the University of Alicante Philharmonic Orchestra offered several concerts in the Christmas, Spring and Summer series.
In the sports arena, it is worth mentioning that our students won a hundred medals in the Regional University Sports Championship (CADU), a figure that represents twenty-seven medals more the previous year, and twelve in the Spain’s University Championship.
It is worth emphasising Cristina Gandia’s new world record in rowing.
As for the University of Alicante Federated Sports, the women's 5-a-side football team got the gold in the Spain's and regional university championships and was proclaimed runner-up in the women's 5-a-side football Spain’s premier league.
The University of Alicante strengthens its commitment to maintaining and creating corporate research programmes. Five new research programmes were created over the past academic year:
- Aguas de Alicante research programme for Social Inclusion,
- Research Programme for Social Responsibility,
- Research Programme for the Economic Transformation Model,
- Research Programme for Family and Community Nursing,
- and the Interuniversity Research Programme for the Valencia Region Democratic Memory.
It should also be noted that the past academic year a total of 863 agreements were signed, both national and international work placement agreements.
The University of Alicante, strongly committed to promoting both the principle of equality between women and men and the eradication of gender violence, as well as to strengthening responsibility, is planning to carry out a number of training and awareness actions. Within the framework of the International Women's Day celebrations, The 2017 UA Gender Equality Award was presented to Professor of Optics María Josefa Yzuel Giménez, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Last year’s University of Alicante Special Awards were presented as part of St. Thomas Aquinas events,
Following on with awards and merits, we are pleased to recall the handing out of the Maisonnave Award to Mr. Luis de Castro,
posthumously delivered University of Alicante Golden Laurel to Mr. Sixto Marco Marco and Mr. Bernat Capó, who recently passed away.
Dr. María Blasco Marhuenda and Dr. Ángel Viñas Martín,were also accepted their PhD honorary degrees from our University, with Prof. Amparo Navarro and Roque Moreno Fonseret acting as sponsors respectively.
We are also pleased to note that the University of Alicante received a Medal of Honour from the Valencia Royal Academy of Medicine.
Finally, the academic year closing ceremony took place on 25 May in two thousand and seventeen, with the inauguration of the new doctors and the awarding of merits from the University of Alicante.
Today, we want to pay a special tribute to all the members of our university community who passed away last year:
Student Sara Santos Armero.
Democracy Archive Honorary Chairman José Vicente Beviá Pastor,
Administrative staff member Silvia Marina Aresté Vilaplana.
And the following lecturers:
Juan Lorenzo Bellot Bernabé
Antonio Pérez Carrió
Mariano Ángel Real Villarreal
Elena Toro Lillo
We want to express from here our deepest remembrance of all of them.
I would like to conclude by thanking all the members of the university community, for their commitment to make the University of Alicante an excellent place to successfully face forthcoming challenges over the new academic year that we have officially inaugurated today.
Thank you so much.
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