GALA partners from Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Parma University (Italy), Claremont Graduate University (USA), Tec de Monterrey (Mexico), Bath Spa University (UK), State University New York Geneseo (USA) and RANEPA (Russia) gathered in Mexico for the 2016 conference hosted by Alejandra María Vilalta Perdomo at Tec de Monterrey.
The GALA opening event was held on 25 May on the terrace of the Mexico City Campus at Tec de Monterrey, where flags representing each of the countries of GALA partners represented were raised.
Day one of the conference was held at the Mexico City Campus. Proceedings were opened by Vice Chancellor Professor Christina Slade and Professor Ian Gadd (Bath Spa University, UK) and presentations were given by Guillermo Hernandez, the General Director for Strategic Relations (Mexico) on ‘ANUIES: Internationalisation and regional competitiveness’, Raul Medina, the Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Alliances (Mexico) on ‘Has the digital revolution changed the classroom?’, Carol Long, Becky Lewis, Benjamin Conard and Luciano Scala (SUNY Geneseo, USA) on ‘The 21st Century Entrepreneurial College Campus’ , Alexey Verbetsky (RANEPA, Russia), on ‘Social initiatives of Students of RANEPA Liberal Arts College Students’ and Lourdes Epstein (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) on ‘Anonymous Voices’ . In the afternoon parallel sessions included: presentations by Leigh Ann Thelmadatter (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) on ‘Working with Wikipedia’, Juan Carlos Olmedo (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) on ‘Mati-Tec Education for All’ and Miguel Angel Najera (Tec de Monterrey) on ‘Continuum'; a research planning and networking session led by Nicola Price (Bath Spa University, UK) and a student session (led by Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus and Lizzie Watts).
Day two of the conference was held at the Santa Fe Campus. Presentations were given by Andrea Trujillo and Carlos Mendeola (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) on ‘Motivos para amar Mexico’, Isabella Mozzini (University of Parma) on ‘University Museums and Collections: What opportunities’, Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus on the Bath Spa University Media Wall, Jonathan Velazquez and Hector Arriga (Tec de Monterrey) on ‘Innovations at Tec’ before GALA project themes and strategy were presented by Ian Gadd (University of Bath). In the afternoon, parallel sessions on research planning and teaching collaborations were held followed by ‘Planning for GALA in 2017 in Parma’ by Francesca Zanella and summary and closing (Christina Slade and Ian Gadd, Bath Spa University).
Some GALA partners took part in an optional tour to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, kindly accompanied by Yuriko Taniguchi Ponciano, as well as a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology.
GALA student activity
GALA students attended both the conference and a five-week summer school organised by Paulina Martinez Suarez. Students that attended the 2015 GALA conference last year at Communications University of China in Beijing decided to develop a student-led transnational magazine app, which they launched at the 2016 GALA conference at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico. This media platform titled ‘Not Lost Yet’ represents stories and advice from GALA students to celebrate and give courage to other students to take part in international mobility opportunities. This media platform can be downloaded as a magazine app to mobile phone and tablet devices and can be found here: http://notlostglobal.com/ GALA students from Bath Spa University who attended the 2015 conference last year were also inspired by the Parma archive presentation and have since been collaborating on producing two books: one is a series of photography titles and another a fine-arts pop-art book. Both of these projects were facilitated by Katharine Reeve at Bath Spa University, UK. Students Sarah McCann, Louise Bray and Joana Garcias Aguia updated the GALA network on these collaborations at this year’s conference. Five students that attended the GALA conference at Tec de Monterrey 2016 were inspired by the ‘Anonymous Voices’ project presented by Lourdes Epstein (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) and initiated collaboration on this work while in Mexico.
Student sessions were organised by Lizzie Watts and Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus of Bath Spa University, UK with facilitation by Alexey Verbetsky of RANEPA, Russia, BSU Student Union President Bruce Galliver, and post-graduate students Benjamin Conard and Luciano Scala of SUNY Geneseo, USA. At these sessions student ideas were developed (‘Breaking Stereotypes’ and the ‘GALA Culture Club’) and student leads at RANEPA, Russia and Bath Spa University, UK were identified.
Above: Vice Chancellor Professor Christina Slade, Bath Spa University
Above: Raoul Medina, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Alliances (Mexico) on ‘Has the digital revolution changed the classroom’ and Guillermo Hernandez, General Director for Strategic Relations (Mexico) on ‘ANUIES: Internationalisation and regional competitiveness’.
Above: Benjamin Conard and Luciano Scala (SUNY Geneseo, USA) on ‘The 21st Century Entrepreneurial College Campus.’
Above: Alexey Verbetsky (RANEPA, Russia) on ‘Social initiatives of Students of RANEPA Liberal Arts College Students’ and Lourdes Epstein (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) on ‘Anonymous Voices’.
Above: Student session led by Lizzie Watts and Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus with facilitation by Benjamin Conard, Luciano Scala and Bruce Galliver.
Above: The ‘GALA Culture Club’ and ‘Breaking Stereotypes’ ideas are born at the student session.
Above: Miguel Ángel Nájera (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico) on ‘Continuum’ and Sarah McCann (Bath Spa University, UK) on Student Project Updates.
Above: Ian Gadd presents the GALA strategy and tour of Santa Fe Campus.
Above: GALA partners at the National Museum of Anthropology and at the Teotihuacan Pyramids.
Above: Student sessions with Lizzie Watts, Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus and Alexey Verbetsky in which student ideas are developed and student leads (at RANEPA, Moscow and Bath Spa University, UK) are identified.
The slides from this event can be found here:
Photos from this event can be found here: