f. Internationalisation

The transversal focal point of e-Internationalisation refers to the international dimension of the e-MTA campus, which must be achieved and structured by teaching, research and knowledge transfer in sustainable tourism and water. This international dimension is intended to be achieved based on increasing and consolidating the already existing network of relationships with universities, research centres, organisations and institutions in the Mediterranean arc, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The international dimension of this project benefits from the multiplying impact caused by the inclusion of the Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC), the first scientific institution in Spain that has collaboration relationships with research organisations in more than fifty countries. Therefore, in addition to the international collaborations of the UIB, the UdG and its researchers, we should   also   mention   the   international   relationships   forged   by   CSIC researchers.

Moreover, e-MTA Campus is closely linked to the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Cross-Border Research and Higher Education Group (PRES-PM) which, along with the UdG and the UIB, also involves the Perpignan Via Domitia University (UPVD) and the Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) University, the latter through the Oceanographic Observatory of Banyuls-Sur-Mer. The International Cross-border Campus of Excellence in Spain and Pyrenees-Mediterranean Cross-Border Research and Higher Education Group in France will be developed thanks to a framework collaboration agreement signed by these four universities with the aim of systematizing, consolidating and strengthening the current cooperation between them. This legal figure, the only one recognised throughout European territory, will enable and help the development of the actions and targets of the PRES-PM to be achieved. In addition to the agreement and by-laws to set up the AECT, the member universities have also drawn up and agreed on the PRES-PM Strategic Plan and have held the first meeting of researchers within the scope of water and tourism that a large number of people attended, according to the A.C.1 and A.B.9 actions that have been able to be carried out thanks to the financing received in the 2010 and 2011 Reinforcement call.

This cross-border cooperation strategy, providing a special character to the e-MTA Campus project, is part of wider-reaching internationalisation strategies of both universities, which are, in turn, included in the specific policies of the institutions in the project. Internationalisation includes all the work of the University: education, research and innovation and knowledge transfer and all the communities: students, teaching, research, management and service staff. This internationalisation will improve the university’s position with its nearest surroundings as well as on a regional and European level, but it should also serve to provide training to professionals and researchers adapted to a global environment. These strategies have recently been financed by means of the 2011 Reinforcement call, in the section of international bridges (A.C.2 action, International bridges with German, Russian, Latin American and Eurotown universities).

The   international projects of the e-MTA Campus researchers that take   part in postgraduate and PhD programmes, and the presence of large tourism and water management companies and technological companies that are more closely related to the advanced research in this project, ensures an expansion in international relationships and will have repercussions at all levels, including attracting undergraduate students and, in particular, Master’s and PhD students. We should highlight that, by means of scientific collaboration with the Oceanographic Observatory of Banyuls-Sur-Mer, the relationship with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) will be strengthened, which in addition to the CSIC joining the project and the scientific collaboration of the IFISC (UIB-CSIC) and IAC3 (UIB) institutes with the Max Planck Societies in Dresden and Hanover and the Advanced Studies Centre in Blanes (UdG-CSIC), the e-MTA Campus will consolidate a wide range of international relations.

Proyecto financiado por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte en el marco del Programa Campus de Excelencia Internacional

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