It is interesting for us to support this initiative because we have quite an important experience in a regional mobility program
How did the EUA participate in this working group?
In the EU, we are in the last month of the Alfa Puentes project, co-financed by us and the European Commission. We are the coordinators of the project, which seeks that all university associations can work in common interests, especially in regional integration in higher education. In this project is the Cruch and also the other councils of rectors of the region.
It was at the initiative of Cruch that this meeting was organized, to see if it was possible to launch a regional mobility program with Andean countries. My association, as coordinator of the Alfa Puentes project, decided to participate because it is interesting for us to support this initiative because we also have quite a lot of experience in the regional mobility program. We have the experience of the Erasmus mobility program that has been in operation for more than 20 years, which we can share with associations in Latin America.
What is your evaluation of these three days of work?
It has been very productive, because we have as members the national associations working, so for us it is very important that the university associations identify common values. It can be seen that in Latin America there is this interest, which is very important for us and for the development of the entire region, to advance in higher education in the region. For us it is always interesting to share our experience in the regional cooperation of associations and that was the objective of the Alfa Puentes project, to bring together university associations and identify common areas of work.
What are your conclusions from the meeting?
I think the most relevant thing is the importance of identifying the added value of mobility, be it undergraduate, graduate or researchers. This is not done just to move from one country to another, but to achieve something or to contribute to something and in this region common challenges can be identified and with that, it would be easier for universities to work together for a goal. The idea of simply promoting a mobility platform without identity is not going to work, the good thing about this meeting is how we can identify some common challenges that universities have and build a mobility program to help guide cooperation on that.
Andean Mobility: Interviews with the protagonists of the meeting organized by Cruch