Inauguration of the OBREAL Office for South America

Open and hybrid event


Monday, February 19th

Time in the agenda is indicated in Argentinean standard time (GMT-3)


Registration and Welcome coffee


Welcoming remarks

Carlos Torrendell, Secretary of Education of Argentina

Carlos Greco, Rector of the National University of San Martín and President of the National Inter-university Council (CIN), Argentina

María Jesús Alonso Jimenez, Ambassador of Spain in Argentina

Amador Sánchez Rico, European Union Ambassador in Argentina

Adrián Bonilla, Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation

Oscar Domínguez, President of ENLACES, Executive Director ASCUN, Colombia

Nicolás Patrici, Director of Strategy of OBREAL

Presented by: Valeria Pattacini, Secretary for Internationalization and International Cooperation, National University of San Martín




Institutional presentation and history of OBREAL: An interregional organization: The bridge Buenos Aires – Barcelona

Presentation of the OBREAL team

Nicolás Patrici

History of OBREAL. A bridge between Barcelona and Buenos Aires

Josep Vives, Delegate of the Government of Catalonia to the Southern Cone
Joan Guàrdia, Rector of the University of Barcelona
Ramon Torrent, President of OBREAL

Complemented by testimonies and trajectories of graduates of OBREAL trainings at UNSAM

Félix Sabaté, Professor, Master in International Cooperation, School of Humanities, UNSAM

Martín Obaya, Director of CENIT, School of Business and Economics

Ramiro Bertoni, Lecturer in Political Economy, School of Politics and Government


Institutional presentation and history of OBREAL: Presentation of OBREAL projects in South America

Jimena Estrella, OBREAL


Launch of the Julio Cotler Programme for South America

Ramon Torrent and Juan Guillermo Hoyos, OBREAL

With the participation of:

Angelina Cotler, Director Program Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies. Johns Hopkins University, USA

Beatriz Padilla, Director Institute for the Study of Latin American and the Caribbean, University of South Miami, USA


Coffee break and networking


Round table – Regional integration and education

Emmanuel Chigozie Okonkwo, African Union

Olusola Oyewole, Association of African Universities (AAU)

Adrian Bonilla, EU-LAC Foundation

Alvaro Rico, Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo (AUGM)

Francisco Figueiredo de Souza, Ministerio de Educación de
la República Federativa del Brasil

Presented and moderated by: Anahi Astur, OBREAL




Round Table – Financing education for development

Victoria Giussani, European Union Delegation in Argentina

Cora Steinberg, UNICEF

Tamara Vinacur, IDB

Néstor Félix / Cecilia Llambi, CAF

Rodolfo Barrere, Coordinator of the Ibero-American Observatory (Observatorio Iberoamericano (CTS), OEI

Presented and moderated by: Jimena Estrella, OBREAL


Coffee break and networking


Round table – Sustainable development and higher education

Cliona Maher, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland

Stefan Bienefeld, DAAD, Germany

Martin Oosthuizen, Southern African Universities Association (SARUA), South Africa

Fernando Téllez, Andean Foundation, Colombia

Fernando Zapico, Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE), Spain

Guillermo Tamarit (Rector UNNOBA), Inter-university Council (CIN), Argentina

Martín de Palma (Rector UCSF), Council of Rectors of Private Universities (CRUP), Argentina

Presented and moderated by: Juan Guillermo Hoyos, OBREAL


End of day

Tuesday, February 20th


Round table – Building inter-regional dialogues in higher education from South America: identifying priorities for common work.

Opening remarks

Carlos Greco, President of the National Inter-university Council

María del Carmen Pasarín, Coordinator of the Education Area of the National Direction for the Promotion of Culture, Education and Science, Argentinean Foreign Affairs Ministry

Moderated by: Nicolás Patrici, OBREAL

Keynote speaker – Bohrene Chakroun, Director for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO

Comments by

Vidya Yeravdekar, Symbiosis International University / Higher Education Sector – Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

Gaspard Banyankimbona, Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA)

Michael Gaebel, European University Association (EUA)


Coffee break and networking


Conference – Regional Integration and Development: Harmonisation, Mobility, Recognition and Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective.”

Presented by

Ramon Torrent, OBREAL

Comments by

Mónica Marquina, Advisory Council OBREAL

Pablo Beneitone, OBREAL

Moderated by Anahi Astur, OBREAL


Closing and next steps – Presentation of the political and academic agenda for the coming years

Nicolás Patrici, OBREAL


Lunch – End of public event


Meeting with OBREAL members on site closed event

Presentation and in-depth discussion on of the OBREAL South America Office’s work agenda for the year 2024.