The Council of Rectors attended the Second Bi-regional Conference of University Associations: A Euro-Latin American Alliance for Innovative, Responsive and Sustainable Universities, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
More than 30 university associations and rectors from Latin America and Europe met - between December 2 and 4 - in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia to share the results of the ALFA PUENTES project. The meeting offered a great opportunity for university leadership and to reflect on institutional development and higher education systems.
The topics of the debate revolved around four main axes: decision-making based on data and evidence (TRESAL Survey), the new challenges of quality assurance systems, the responses to emerging scenarios related to the knowledge and learning of the societies of today and tomorrow, and finally internationalization in higher education.
The ALFA Puentes project (2011 - 2014), promoted by the European Association of Universities, by the Observatory of Europe - Latin America Relations and by the Colombian Association of Universities, has allowed exploring trends in the development of higher education in Latin America and in Europe and the processes of change that are underway in the modernization and internationalization of higher education. The organization in three subregions of the Latin American continent - Mercosur, Andean and Mesoamerica - has managed to work on three substantive components: quality assurance, harmonization of study plans, and student and academic mobility; together with a cross-sectional study called TRESAL, which has collected information and evidence on the trends of change.
Various conclusions emerge from this fruitful and constant Euro-Latin American university meeting; Links have been created, worlds have come closer together and it is especially noted that “the future of society and economies will not depend solely on a few high-level institutions, but on solidity, on the willingness to react to new demands and trends. and the global connectivity of higher education systems ”.
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