Latin American networks create INILAT to consolidate international education cooperation in the region

Building on continuous efforts to strengthen collaboration between Latin American higher education institutions, the challenges imposed by the current global health crisis have further spurred action and cooperation between the region’s various countries. Against this backdrop, the Latin American Initiative for the Internationalization of Higher Education (INILAT) was presented on August 13 at the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Conference (LACHEC) organized by RCI, one of its member networks.

INILAT was recently created by higher education internationalization associations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, bringing together a total of 600 Latin American higher education institutions.

Cooper@cción was the mantra used by the following higher education internationalization networks when coming together in May for the First Meeting of Latin American Internationalization Networks: Learn Chile, RCI (the Colombian Network for Higher Education Internationalization), AMPEI (the Mexican Association for International Education), FAUBAI (the Brazilian Association for International Education), FIESA-REDCIUN-CIN (the International Higher Education Fair of Argentina - International Cooperation Network of National Universities in the Argentine Republic) and REDIPERU (the Peruvian Network for the Internationalization of University Higher Education).

Promoting the region

Latin America offers great cultural, geographic and natural wealth, with research development that has been globally renowned. Without doubt, the region’s universities have much to offer the world. As such, this initiative aims to promote the internationalization of higher education among member countries, and is open to coordination and synergies with other initiatives and networks that have similar objectives in Latin America.

The development of this permanent cooperation initiative aims to strengthen ties between the region's universities. The alignment of interests and goals between education internationalization networks in INILAT's founding countries builds on a strong tradition of academic and scientific exchanges, something which the initiative expects to strengthen and nurture in times when collaboration is a key feature of universities’ work.

In order to advance in the proposal of specific actions, each of INILAT’s six member countries is leading a work project:

  1. Brazil: The implementation of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) in the region.

  2. Chile: The creation of a virtual regional exchange program.

  3. Peru: The generation of initiatives to boost the internationalization of research by increasing contact between researchers in the region.

  4. Argentina: The search for sources of funding and generation of international partnerships that will strengthen Latin American networks.

  5. Colombia: The development of a common agenda and events to manage the initiative, exchange best practices and position Latin America in the international education sector.

  6. Mexico: The identification of public policies to support internationalization of higher education systems in Latin America.

INILAT will continue to offer open webinars for the international community on the importance of internationalization and collaboration in the region in the current scenario, promoting internationalization policies that benefit the highest possible number of students and academics. To date, three virtual meetings have been held with the participation of deans from all six countries and a large audience.

These meetings provide spaces to share best practices and global experiences with the education community. Given the challenges imposed by the current global situation, strengthening international cooperation is more important than ever. That is the objective of INILAT, which aims to contribute to positioning Latin America as a region offering excellence in higher education.

ORGANIZER

CIN Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata

COLLABORATOS

Fundacion Universidad Nacional Mar del Plata
SPU

SUPPORTERS

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