During 2023, OBREAL has played a key role in generating interregional dialogue and cooperation as well as sharing knowledge and building capacities.
We have organized several interregional dialogues between regions from all over the world. Some of them have been physical meetings, like the Interregional Dialogue on Education and Development in Buenos Aires (which brought together key stakeholders from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa to discuss critical education and development issues) or the bi-regional political dialogue between the African Union and CELAC in Namibia in July.
We have also sponsored a series of online interregional dialogues under the name “Women, Innovation and Science” in which we explored topics such as leadership, management, innovation, and research. With it, we have contributed to broaden the debate of shaping the future of women in the science and innovation sectors.
And we have already started preparing the next interregional dialogues… specifically, the Second Interregional Dialogue on Education and Development between Africa, Latin America and The Caribbean that will be held later this year. To do so, we met with the Association of African Universities, the African Union, representatives of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Space, the National Inter-University Council of Argentina and representatives of FAUBAI from Brazil.
OBREAL has also been involved in several cooperation projects focused on higher education, sustainability, and innovation.
Through projects such as HAQAA3, SPHERE, JointQA, QA Doc, EQUAM-LA, Online HE, HERESA and SUCCESS we have contributed to the development of policies, we have produced knowledge, and we have built capacities and generated trainings. Because we believe that through Higher Education, we can address the challenges that the world faces.
We have also addressed the multidisciplinary importance of sustainability, a hot topic that we have targeted through the coordination or participation in projects such as Enotour, Climar, Agreemed, Sustourism and MyComm.
Most of the projects that we coordinate or in which we participate have something to do with innovation. But there are some that are specifically focused on it. Those are PRICNAC, Start Circular and Digigrad.
Since one of our goals as an organization is to promote capacity building, this 2023 we have organized several training sessions. One series on “Management of international programs”, one on the “Development of proposals for Horizons Europe Projects” and one on “Regional and Continental Integration in Africa”, this last one in the framework of the HAQAA3 initiative.
After this intense year, OBREAL remains committed to its mission of promoting collaboration, innovation, and sustainability in higher education.