OBREAL Global Contributes to UNESCO World Higher Education Conference and Holds General Assembly in Barcelona

OBREAL Global played a significant role in the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, which took place in Barcelona from 18 to 20 May. Together with its esteemed members and strategic partners, the organisation hosted a series of engaging side events at the prestigious University of Barcelona on 17 May.
OBREAL Global General Assembly
After two challenging years of navigating the pandemic through virtual meetings, the 2022 edition of OBREAL Global’s General Assembly was held in a much-anticipated hybrid format. The event provided a great opportunity for members and strategic partners to reconnect in person. During the Assembly, fruitful discussions were held on OBREAL Global’s progress and strategic roadmap for the coming years. It was also a momentous occasion as the association welcomed several esteemed new members to its fold, including:
  • Universidad Simón Bolívar, Colombia
  • Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional -CIN- Argentina
  • Universidad de Panamá, Panama
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Colombia
  • Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
  • Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham, Argentina
  • Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • ENLACES – Espacio de Educación Superior Latinoamericano y Caribeño, Colombia
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • TU Berlin, Germany
  • Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Munster Technological University, Ireland
  • TAMK/Tampere University Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Burch University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • International Balkan University, North Macedonia
TRESAL Survey: Advancing Higher Education in Latin America
In collaboration with ENLACES and with the technical support of LINED, from Argentina, OBREAL Global presented the TRESAL Survey (Trends in Higher Education in Latin America). The survey aims to systematically collect data on key institutional trends in Latin America and the Caribbean, contributing to the development of the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Area (ENLACES).
The latest edition of TRESAL builds on the original survey, launched in 2013 as part of the ALFA PUENTES project, and draws inspiration from the European University Association’s TRENDS survey. TRESAL is proving to be an important regional tool, enhancing the understanding of regional dynamics and trends in Latin American higher education.
The survey is targeted at higher education institutions in Latin America and is distributed in each country by the respective university associations and rectors’ councils that are members and partners of ENLACES and OBREAL Global. The survey is supported by several university associations and universities throughout Latin America, including ASCUN in Colombia, ANUIES in Mexico, CSUCA in Central America, ANDIFES in Brazil, FAUBAI in Brazil, AUGM in Uruguay and Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, as well as the EU-LAC Foundation.
Cocktail-Debate on Higher Education and the SDGs
In collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the African Association of Universities (AAU) and ENLACES, OBREAL Global organised an engaging cocktail debate on higher education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Supported by esteemed partners such as the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (SEPIE), the African Union, the EU-LAC Foundation, the University of Barcelona, the HAQAA initiative, and the Colombian Association of Universities (ASCUN), this engaging event fostered interregional dialogues on how higher education institutions are actively addressing the SDGs and why collaboration is essential to achieve these goals.
The vibrant gathering took place in the enchanting Ferran Soldevila Gardens of the historic building of the University of Barcelona, providing a captivating backdrop for participants to explore these critical issues.