The meeting of university networks and Councils of Rectors of Latin America and the Caribbean was held at the University of Panama. On behalf of Cruch was its executive director, María Teresa Marshall.
The Fifth Meeting of University Networks and Councils of Rectors of the region was held at the University of Panama, convened by the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) of UNESCO. On that occasion, the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities was represented by María Teresa Marshall, its executive director.
This meeting was a space to reflect and discuss the trends, impact and new challenges of higher education. Among the priorities of this debate is the internationalization axis and the production and management of knowledge.
At the opening of the event, Dr. Pedro Henríquez - director of IESALC - expressed that Latin America and the Caribbean require a strong higher education system to effectively contribute to the challenges of the region, but with a special orientation towards greater advances in equity. and inclusion, considering higher education as a public good and a human right. In his participation, he called for this open debate, recognizing IESALC as a laboratory of ideas for Latin America.
Among the speakers, it is worth highlighting the presentation by Dr. Ismail Serageldin, director of the Library of Alexandria, who referred to the meaning of the knowledge revolution and its implications in university systems, highlighting the importance of universities for current societies and the challenges that must be addressed in the field of research, teaching - learning and the connection with society.
The INFOACES project (Comprehensive Information System on Higher Education Institutions of Latin America for the Common Area of Higher Education with Europe) was also presented by Dr. José Miguel Carot, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Carot emphasized how quality challenges require more and more complex information for decision making. At the same time, he highlighted the importance of information systems that allow academic cooperation, institutional development and a look towards a common space for higher education in synergy with the European Union. The results of the project will be hosted in IESALC and will provide a common base of indicators and a computer platform, providing new tools for management.
Another relevant presentation was the report on student mobility and the reflections presented by RELAIRES, a body that is promoting the construction of a student mobility platform that actively involves the entire region and includes the various options and existing networks.