The last 8 of October, the final conference DHIP
was realized online, to promote and disseminate the final results. The
conference was attended by over 90 people from different higher education
institution from Ecuador, Cuba, Georgia, India.
and welcomed the participants of the Final Conference: Prof. Francesco
Marcelloni, Vice-Rector for international cooperation and relations of the
University of Pisa, Prof. Bruno Carapella, President of the Fundación
Eurosur para la Cooperación entre América Latina y la Unión Europea and
three representatives from the Paraguayan universities (where the final
Conference should have taken place), Prof. Andrés Villalba Academic, Vice
Rector of the Universidad del Cono Sur de Las Americas, Prof. Eduardo Velázquez,
Director de la Facultad de Postgrado de la Universidad Iberoamericana and Prof.
Jesús Martín Decano, de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales de
la Universidad Autónoma de Asunción.
Prof. Marcelloni stated that 4 years ago we were
a group of partners with a common objective to develop and integrate the
international dimension within the structural, cultural component of Latin
American universities, today we are a group of friends, able to work in synergy
to achieve the objectives of the project. He emphasized that a major
achievement was the Guidelines on HEIs’ internalization policies and services
and on CLAR implementation, which aim is to last beyond the time of the
Prof. Carapella noted that this is not the end
of the project but the result of a pathway that we have built together over the
years. He emphasized that this is a stage from which we can relaunch and renew
relations between our universities.
Prof. Villalba stated that having taken part in
the project is an asset that can be summed up in the word “Strengthening”.
Prof. Velázquez expressed his happiness for
carrying out the project and
pointed out that a strong network has been built within the DHIP project, this
is not just an agreement but it has been and it will be translated into action.
Prof. Martín declared that it has been a
valuable experience to be part of this project, an opportunity to learn, share
knowledge and to work all together.
first part of the meeting was devoted to the presentation of the project
impacts and results. One representative from each Latin American partners’
country presented what has been achieved. Guillermo
Tangelson, representative of the Argentinian partner Universities, pointed out
that they will never forget these past years; they acquired new skills, they
got creative to achieve the project goals, they gained visibility and awareness
of the importance of internationalization. Vanessa
Ibañez Delgado, representative of the Colombian partner Universities, presented
the impact, the results achieved and the positive change made by the project. Prof.
Jesús Martín and Prof. Eduardo Velazquez, representatives of the Paraguayan
partner Universities, stated that the positive impact was not only on the
partner universities but also on other
the Conference the Guidelines on HEIs’ internalization policies and services
and on CLAR implementation were presented by Prof. Ann Katherine Isaacs, ECTS,
Bologna Process and Tuning expert University of Pisa. She expressed her pride
and honor in presenting the Guidelines co-created by the partner Universities
all together. Then, Annachiara
Zardini, from the Fundación Eurosur, presented a photograph of
the work done by partner universities and the current situation.
After this, Ms. Eva Valle Casanova, from the European Commission, warmly congratulated on the project partners for
the excellent results achieved towards a better internationalization in
Argentina, Colombia and Paraguay. Moreover, she drew attention on the current
and future prospective of the Erasmus + CBHE action.
last part was dedicated to the lessons learned and future cooperation between
EU and LA partners into the CBHE Action. Victoria
Teresita Regis Acosta, Head of International Relations Office of the Universidad
Nacional de Itapúa, pointed out that to be part of international projects is
really important for the development of an international strategy, which leads
to the acquisition of more visibility on the international scene. Laura
Diaz-Arnesto, Academic International Collaboration, from Universidad Ort
Uruguay, congratulated all DHIP partners on their achievement and the strength
that comes from all them working together.
the end of the Final Conference, the representatives of the University of Pisa
the project coordinator, presented the last output, “Let's Dig Down DHIP",
a podcast on the internationalization of higher education, hoping that this one
and the other outputs could not only be products/children of a path that is
ending, but the true hope of going further (GO DHIPER) all together in other
conference was video recorded and also broadcasted live on the Facebook EUROSUR official page.
The Final Conference Video recording