With intense debate and innovative proposals, the Congress of the Americas on International Education (CAEI) was held in Monterrey, Mexico, leaving solid foundations for the construction of a better future through integration in education.
With a call from more than 30 countries and more than 800 participants, various personalities from the universities of the Americas met in Monterrey to analyze the challenges and opportunities to advance in their internationalization processes.
In the opening session, the Rector José Narro Robles of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) stressed that in the era of knowledge it is necessary to move towards a more articulated system, with greater academic collaboration, promote resources to access all opportunities and enter fully into the "highway of knowledge", because internationalization is now an irreversible fact that increases diversity, stimulates quality and reduces the gaps between regions and countries. In addition, he stressed that public universities are decisive for the development of nations, pointing out that in this scenario, the international is an opportunity, a challenge and an obligation.
The debate covered the essential aspects of the internationalization process of the universities. Francisco Marmolejo, Coordinator of Higher Education at the World Bank, spoke about the reasons why internationalization continues to be a marginal component in universities in the region. Faced with this challenge, Jamil Salmi, an expert in international tertiary education, commented on the need to “open up and learn from others, because internationalization is synonymous with tolerance”. Meanwhile, Sonia Marta Mora, president of SINAES, explained how the international is going through the entire higher education agenda today, be it the tension between coverage and quality, the demand for greater relevance and the pedagogical revolution. Finally, the rector of the University of Nuevo León (UANL), Jesús Ancer pointed out that an attitude of change is essential to advance internationally. Everyone agreed on the importance of "opening our eyes and seeing the good experiences in our countries."