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Teaching innovation through international staff mobility at Universitat Politècnica de València

Claudio Benavent1, Teresa Latorre2, Victor Martinez3, DIANA MIRCEA4

1Polytechnic university of valencia (UPV), School of agricultural engineering and environment - international relations office, Spain
2Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Dept. of Economics and Social Sciences decs, Spain
3Polytechnic university of valencia (UPV), Department of economics and social sciences (decs)
4POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA (UPV), Mediterranean Agroforestry Institute (IAM), Spain


Introduction: Teaching staff mobility has always proved to be a powerful internationalisation and networking tool. At the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) we believe in its key role in teaching innovation, advanced institutional co-operation and joint curricular development.. Teaching staff for the course consists of professors visiting the UPV through academic and research exchange programs.
Aims: Basing ourselves on these fundamentals, and facing the social demand for increasingly internationalized University Degrees, the ETSIAMN (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica y del Medio Natural), set up a teaching initiative known as International Seminars in Life Sciences (ISLS) seven years ago. The general objective of the ISLS course is to introduce students to current research developments and the latest in technology in a variety of domains related to Biosciences and Bioengineering
Materials and Methods: Through lectures designed from an engineering perspective, students are encouraged to take an active part in seminars and class discussions. Problem solving, teamwork, debate and oral communication skills are reinforced.
Results: At the end of the course, students should be able to readily follow the scientific and technical focus adopted in the classes, thereby improving their understanding of the English language and academic discourse required for research and study within and beyond the European Union. Student evaluation will take into account weekly attendance and active participation in the seminars as well as the formal, written reports from each seminar using the template provided for that purpose.
Conclusion: The overwhelming support shown for of this teaching initiative among students and teaching staff has confirmed the ISLS course as a new path into efficient and valuable teaching staff mobility.

Keywords: International relations, staff mobility, teaching innovation

Contact Address: Claudio Benavent, Polytechnic university of valencia (UPV), School of agricultural engineering and environment - international relations office, Camino de vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain, e-mail: cbenavent@upvnet.upv.es

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