Association Conference: ‘Innovative Strategies for Higher Education in Latin America and Europe’ (Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11-14 November 2012)
EUA is pleased to announce the opening of registrations for the first major bi-regional conference of university associations and their members from Latin America and Europe. Part of the ALFA PUENTES project, this event will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 11 to 14 November 2012. The event will focus on a wide range of issues including the changing role of universities in society, higher education modernisation and strategic priorities for HE collaboration between and within both regions.
The conference is hosted by Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), in conjunction with Universidade Federal Sao Carlos, Universidade Estadual de Campinas and Universidade Sao Paulo (USP). It is organised by EUA, the coordinator of the ALFA PUENTES project, and the Association of Universities ‘Grupo Montevideo’, the project lead of the Mercosur region. It is also supported by the rectors’ conferences of Germany (HRK), Spain (CRUE), Poland (CRASP), France (CPU) and Portugal (CRUP), which are project partners.
Targeting in particular university leadership (rectors and vice-rectors) and the leadership of national rectors’ conferences, the event aims to welcome approximately 175 to 200 participants from Latin America and Europe.
Several side events are being organised on a pre-registration basis, such as visits to the Paulista universities, and a meeting for secretary generals and presidents of rectors’ conferences in both regions.
More information can be found on the official conference website.

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The ALFA PUENTES project, launched in 2011 and supported by the European Commission, aims at building capacity at the level of university associations in Latin America and Europe as important drivers in the internationalisation and regional integration agendas. It is led by the European University Association in close cooperation with its member associations, the national rectors’ associations of Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Poland, and with 17 national and regional university associations in Latin America, the EU-Latin America Observatory (OBREAL) and the Santander Group of Universities (AGS).