Preliminary Meeting in Buenos Aires (Argentina) March 2018

Wednesday 06 February 2019

The preliminary meeting of the international project DHIP took place in early March 2018  in Buenos Aires. This first meeting mainly involved the Latin American partners, who are facing for the first time the functioning logic of the European Erasmus + Program. At the Buenos Aires meeting was also present the Argentinian institution Fundacion Eurosur,  that promotes cultural, scientific and economic cooperation between Europe and Latin America, and will have the role of linking the two geographical areas of the project. Attended the meeting: the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes and the Universidad Nacional de Lanus (Argentina); the Universidad del Cono Sur de las Americas, the Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion and the Universidad Iberoamericana (Paraguay); the Universidad Pedagocica Nacional, the Universidad de Santander and the Fundacion Universitaria Eempresarial Bogotà (Colombia). Prof Ann Katherine Isaacs, one of the leading national and international experts in the Erasmus Charter and the Tuning courses, represented the University of Pisa together with Dr Tommaso Salamone, Head of the Unit that manages the project activities. The representatives of UNIPI, assisted by Eurosur's colleagues and by Dr Pablo Beneitone of the University of Deusto, have thus introduced the Erasmus + Program and the specific activities that the project intends to carry out. On the second day of the meeting, the principles of administrative management and reporting of the project were verified and discussed. The bases were laid for the issues in discussion during the first Kick off Meeting, which will be held in Mendoza next April. The opening lines of planning will have then to emerge to develop or implement the strategies of internationalisation according to the principles of the Charter Erasmus for Higher Education (ECHE). "The European institutions involved in the project have a long experience in internationalisation policies and practices, as they have been important actors in creating the key tools used today by Erasmus +" comments Prof Katherine Isaacs. Moreover, added: "The DHIP Consortium, including both young and old institutions, some very active and experienced, others interested in expanding their actions, will make higher education institutions interact in the world in search of a new and innovative tool.

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