The Alfa PUENTES consortium was represented by the Santander Group European University Network at the Conference of the Americas on the International Education, (CAIE) held in Rio de Janeiro between 25-27 April 2012.
Through a number of panel sessions and workshops the Alfa PUENTES delegation had a unique opportunity to learn about the trends in higher education on both continents and about diverse approaches towards the internationalisation of research and education in Latin America. The event also provided an opportunity to establish relations with other university associations, to hold bilateral meetings, and to promote the first Bi-regional Conference of the Alfa PUENTES project on Innovative Strategies for Higher Education in Latin America and Europe: International Collaboration and Regional Development to be held in São Paulo between 11-14 November 2012.
More than 600 participants from 35 countries and 5 continents ranging from university authorities, government representatives and private sector actors gathered to discuss latest trends, best-practices in internationalisation, and inter-American efforts made to build a common area for higher education.
This inter-American forum had the privilege to welcome distinguished guests: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, President of CAPES, Jorge Guimarães and Dr. Alvaro Toubes Prata, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
The conference was organised jointly by the Interamerican Organisation for Higher Education, (IOHE), the Brazilian Rectors’ Council (CRUB), the Association of Brazilian Higher Education Institutions’ Offices for International Relations (FAUBAI), the Federal University of Fluminense (UFF) in Brazil, and the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI); in partnership with the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), two organizations which, together with the IOHE, were the founding partners of this initiative. Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada (DFAIT) supported the IOHE in its role as the Executive Secretariat of the 2nd CAIE edition. Extensive support was also provided by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES), the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Research Support Foundation of the State of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) and the Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (SEBRAE).
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