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The project consortium consists of 23 partners from Latin America and Europe.

Alfa PUENTES brings together eight associations from Europe, led by the EUA, and including national associations from France (CPU), Germany (HRK), Spain (CRUE, OBREAL, AGS), Poland (CRASP) and Portugal (CRUP) together with partners across LA. Each association has a respective history of cooperation with Latin America, and will utilise the project to deepen and broaden higher education internationalisation and bi-regional dialogue. Latin America is represented by 14 institutions and university networks from Colombia (ASCUN), Uruguay (AUGM), Mexico (UV, ANUIES), Guatemala (CSUCA), Argentina (CIN), Brazil (CRUB), Paraguay (UNA), Peru (ANR), Bolivia (CEUB), Chile (CRUCH), Panama (CRP), Costa Rica (CONARE) and Honduras (UNAH).

The project management team consists of EUA (project co-ordinator), OBREAL, AGS, ASCUN (leader of Andean Region), AUGM (leader of Mercosur Region), CSUCA (leader of Central American Region) and the UV (leader of Mexican Region).

Below you will find information on the project partners organised by country.

Asociación Grupo Santander

The Santander Group is a European Universities Network comprising almost 40 members from 16 European countries cooperating closely to strengthen their individual potential as they strive for excellence in university governance, teaching and research approaches.

The SG network is a dynamic platform for university collaboration among European and non-EU institutions to develop the internationalisation of its members, to foster university excellence in education and research and to promote continuous adaptation to educational and societal needs and challenges in a creative and innovative way.

Asamblea Nacional de Rectores del Perú
National Association of Universities and Higher Edutacion Institutions, Mexico

ANUIES was founded in 1950 and it is formed by 159 public and private higher education institutions in Mexico. It represents universities, technology institutes, research centers and technology universities. ANUIES members represent more than 80% of Mexican higher education. ANUIES carries out many initiatives in international cooperation such as student exchange programmes, joint research projects and it participates in collaboration networks with different regions such as Germany, Argentina, Brazil; Canada, Central America, China, Cuba, Spain, France and the EU.

Association of Colombian Universities

The Association of Colombian Universities (ASCUN) is an organization that assembles public and private higher education institutions of Colombia and establishes relations with government institutions, private companies and the international academic community, seeking to enhance interuniversity dialogue and promote the Colombian universities' objectives.

Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo

The University Association Montevideo Group (AUGM) is a network of public higher education institutions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It was founded on the 9th of August 1991 and its objectives are to strengthen and consolidate human resources, scientific investigation and technology and promote the interaction between its members and society.

Comité Ejecutivo de la Universidad Boliviana
National University Council - Argentina

The CIN is an advisory body for the university system. It provides and coordinates all the common university policies of its members; it sets out and coordinates academic, scientific research and management plans and activities: it coordinates its member’s education policies with cultural and scientific research organisations. The CIN is also an important player in degree recognition and quality assurance.

Consejo Nacional de Rectores - Costa Rica
Conference of University Presidents

The CPU brings together the heads of French Universities and other Higher Education Institutions. It represents and defends the interests of about 120 Higher Education member institutions. A major protagonist in the public debate on university issues, the CPU makes proposals to, and brokers negotiations with, the public authorities, the different higher education and research networks, economic and social partners and national and international institutions. In a context of profound change of the higher education and research sector, the CPU also has the role of promoting the French university system and its values.

Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland

Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) is a voluntary association of rectors representing those Polish institutions of higher education which have the right to award the doctor’s degree (or equivalent) in at least one scientific discipline. CRASP was founded on 7 June 1997. Currently, CRASP has 107 members (including 11 non-public schools). It inspires and coordinates cooperation of member institutions, represents common interests of the schools as well as undertakes activities leading to the creation of effective and integrated system of national education and it also acts for the benefit of higher education, science and culture development.

Panama Rectors' Council

The CRP is a non-profit higher education organisation that aims to contribute to the Panamanian university system`s teaching and research strategies to assure the delivery of well-prepared professionals who are innovative, have an entrepreneurial spirit and are fully committed to strengthening the national identity and social welfare. Its objective is "to permanently seek to improve quality, management and modernisation of higher education systems to be more efficient and effective in their administration".

Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Brasileras
Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas
Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas

The CRUE is a non-profit, country-wide association founded in 1994. It is made up of all the Spanish universities: 75. The CRUE encourage the social projection of the university and its commitment to society and contribute to the development of higher education and university research.

It participates and communicates its opinion and position on university policy, and also debates on the succession of university reforms.

The CRUE, with the aim of provide good service to the Spanish university community, is organized through a General Assembly, a Standing Committee and a General Secretariat with a technical office. It also has 10 Sectoral Committees, representatives of the different areas of activity of the universities.

Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas

CRUP is the national representative body of all the public Portuguese Universities and the Catholic University. It was created by Decree Law in 1979 and is a Council of Rectors, compared to an associative structure. Besides, the global representation and coordination of all its members, it has an active collaboration role in the formulation of national policies on higher education and science and a direct involvement in the preparation of new legislation, quality assurance and recognition procedures.

Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano
European University Association

The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports over 850 higher education institutions in 47 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.

Members of the Association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.
EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow’s European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. The Association’s mandate in the Bologna process, contribution to EU research policy-making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for university development.

In terms of its growing global mandate, EUA has also sought ways of enhancing the visibility, recognition and understanding of European higher education globally, through dialogue, partnership and projects, involving a wide range of European and international partners. EUA works actively with its sister organisations in other parts of the world to contribute to bi-regional dialogue promoted by the EU and it’s Member States (EU-LAC Summits, Africa-EU Partnership, ASEM Education Process, for example) and to promote global university partnerships. It also explores and advocates the role of universities in development cooperation and capacity building.

EUA is the result of a merger between the Association of European Universities (CRE) and the Confederation of European Union Rectors' Conferences, which took place in Salamanca, Spain on 31 March 2001.

German Rectors’ Conference

The German Rectors' Conference/Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) is the voluntary association of state and state-recognised universities and other higher education institutions in Germany. It currently has 258 member institutions at which more than 96 per cent of all students in Germany are registered.

The HRK is the political and public voice of the universities and other higher education institutions and is the forum for the higher education institutions' joint opinion-forming process. The HRK addresses all topics relating to the responsibilities of higher education institutions: Research, teaching, studies, advanced continuing education and training, knowledge and technology transfer, international cooperation, and self-administration issues.

Observatory on EU-Latin American Relations

The Observatory on EU-Latin American Relations (OBREAL) is an organisation comprised of 26 academic institutions and research centers. Its Secretariat is at the University of Barcelona.

Its main aim is to facilitate dialogue and synergies between governmental, university and social bodies of Europe and Latin America. OBREAL's goal is to identify and develop partnerships between both regions thus to achieve a better understanding of regional challenges that shape policies".

OBREAL's activities aim at establishing long-lasting links between Latin American and European institutions. For this reason it is crucial for the organisation to consider the heterogeneities of each region in a framework of equality within diversity.

Universidad Nacional de Asunción – Paraguay
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
University of Veracruz - Mexico

The UV is the autonomous public higher education institution with greatest impact in South East region of Mexico. It has 58,932 enrolled students from 5 regions and 28 state municipalities. There are 229 different formal educational programmes: 150 graduate programmes, 67 post-graduate, 12 technical degree programmes. 12,244 students are enrolled in informal education schemes. It has 6,029 academic staff and 4,819 management and administration staff members. There are 74 faculties, 24 institutes and research centers, 32 artist groups, 4 headquarters for the University of Veracruz Intercultural Office and 8 University Houses in highly marginal areas.

Associated Partners

Several Associated partners have been included in the project from strategic dissemination puposes. This includes:

  1. The Bolivian Private University Association (ANUP) Asociación nacional de universidades privadas
  2. The Dominican University Association (ADU)
  3. University of Cordoba (Argentina) - to reinforce capacity of the CIN
  4. University of the Republic Uruguay (UDELAR)

The reasoning for having these associated partner was two-fold. In a system like Bolivia, the private university sector is also very prominent. ANUP will support the project survey and sub-regional activities and help spread results to the private institutions as well. For ADU, it should be noted that while the Caribbean is not eligible for this call, they have been included in the EU-LAC Heads of State Summit and previously in the stated ‘EU-LAC HE Area’. Thus the consortium finds it important to have an arm into the Caribbean and to disseminate results in this region.