The 'Mare Nostrum 37/38 (CMN) Campus of International Excellence' project was offically granted European Campus of International Excellence status (CEIR) on 21 October 2010, at the proposal of the International Evaluation Committee of the Ministry of Education. The project comprises 24 actions which will be developed over the period 2011-2015.
We present here the action plan with the steps we intend to develop in 2011, as outlinedin the Mare Nostrum Campus of International Excellence project proposal, establishing the grounds for a medium to long-term strategy which will enable us to achieve our declared objective of "changing the productive territorial model and becoming a centre of educational, scientific, innovative and cultural excellence, not only for the Region of Murcia but for the whole Euro-Mediterranean area".
The methodology selected for the development of the roadmap is a simplification and adaptation – to the CMN’s specific case – of Technology Road Mapping, designed to better align technological development with product development, and the S-Plan, a process applied by the University of Cambridge in the implementation of their strategic plan.
The aim of this simplified document is to identify the path we need to take to best achieve our goals, to uncover new opportunities, and to establish the most appropriate strategy with the development of Governance and Management Plan models for each of the CMN’s strategic areas of focus. Our roadmap should encourage networking by CMN partners whereby they extend their commitment to both the project and the university’s leadership. To this end, in addition to the three strategic areas of focus (teaching, R&D&I and campus), a CMN governance model is being implemented which will enable decision-making as well as networking and cooperation. Five specialist areas have been created (studies, R&D&I, students, infrastructure and society) that have already begun to develop the road map actions included in the three strategic areas of focus, as well as in the research, knowledge transfer and innovation clusters which, on an operational level, develop the implementation of the CMN in the specialist areas: agri-food-based bioeconomics, quality of life and health-related technologies, and the Mediterranean Sea and naval and marine technology.
The main challenges identified in the original project correspond to teaching, research and campus life. With regard to teaching, it is necessary to provide a more attractive training offer, ensure the quality of the training process in the context of adaptation to EHEA requirements, strengthen leadership and participation in the Euro-Mediterranean higher education and research area, and develop new training products and services. In terms of research, we need to improve the transfer of knowledge and innovation, encourage collaboration, strengthen the impact of scientific production, provide a more efficient response to the technological needs of industries both at a regional level and across the Mediterranean area, and promote an entrepreneurial culture and the creation of specialized clusters in the project’s poles of excellence. Lastly, with regard to campus life, it is necessary to address the housing demand, the more efficient use of services and facilities, greater transport availability and campus accessibility, a reduction in the ecological footprint, the adaptation and modernisation of technologies, and a move towards a level of employability which responds to the needs of the market.
Based on the original CMN proposal, we have drawn up a specific timeline for this project which is built around the three strategic areas of focus mentioned above, plus the governance of the project, which covers actions and concrete results as well as three important milestones, the model and roles of the CMN governing body, and the development of the management plans in the strategic areas of focus.
Phase One: Establishment of the CMN governance model
Based on the governing model outlined in the CMN proposal, and on the analysis of the situation before and after, the strategic and operational levels of governing the CMN are to be established, with the appointment of members of the CMN General Council, the International Advisory Council, the Executive Committee, the CMN General Coordinator and Coordination Office, Specialist Areas and R&D&I Clusters.
Phase Two: Preparation of projects, programmes and action plans
The development of CMN entails greater internationalisation, increasing participation in higher education, research and innovation-based programmes of the European Union as well as of other international organizations. The action plans envisaged in the CMN proposal will be drawn up for each of the strategic areas of focus. This will also include an international communciation plan with the aim to make the objectives and results of the project known both within and outside the CMN.
Phase Three: Implementation of the actions in the strategic areas of focus
Once the governance model has been established, and on the basis of the projects and plans of action resulting from the second phase, we will proceed to develop these further, evaluating to what extent they have been implemented according to the table of indicators outlined in the original project plan.
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