The Guardian homeLatin American universities need to encourage more widespread use of English language to boost their global recruitment and research, argues Leandro Tessler.
Some Latin American countries are dedicating important resources to internationalisation of their higher education systems. This has triggered a rapid response from institutions, associations and even governments from the developed world. Suddenly Latin American universities became regarded as important potential partners and everyone wants to cooperate, most with a greedy eye for tuition fees in times of crisis. But institutions with a strategic view should now be thinking about taking the opportunity to go beyond simply hosting exchange students.
Latin americans still confound higher education and university education and expect all their higher education institutions to be research institutions, although most do not do any relevant research of course. Latin American institutions (including universities) adopt the 19th-century continental European tradition of professional training. Read more...