South-south-north cooperation between universities, virtualization and digitalization in higher education or the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are some of the issues being addressed at “Camino a FIESA“, attended by OBREAL. The Universidad Nacional de San Martín, in Buenos Aires, hosted the conference in September 11th and 12th.

The aim of these conferences is to begin a series of discussions on policy and trends in internationalization of Higher Education. All of it, in order to preparare for next year’s FIESA event in Argentina.

Hence the title of the event: on the road to FIESA. A road that begins today in Buenos Aires and ends on March 19th, 2024 in Puerto Iguazú, in the province of Misiones. There, the International Higher Education Fair of Argentina will be held until March 22nd. A new location that perfectly embodies the values of FIESA.

The region of Misiones is distinguished by its diversity: at an environmental and cultural level. By its respect and care for the environment and by  its commitment to sustainability. These are values that put this region at the forefront of the great challenges of our time.

The coordinator of the internationalization programme of the Argentinian Ministry of Education, Anahi Astur, says that the main goal of “Camino a FIESA” it’s to generate a preliminary debate on the axes that will be addressed in greater depth at FIESA 2024 in Misiones. It is an excellent opportunity, she says, to bring together strategic partners… And to continue the dialogue on the issues of higher education and internationalisation. “Camino a FIESA” it’s also, then, an excellent opportunity for OBREAL.

An interregional perspective

Among these challenges that we all face there is that of interregional cooperation. And this is where OBREAL, together with its strategic partners such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Association of African Universities (AAU), plays a key role. 

Anahi Astur, coordinator of the internationalization programme of the Argentinian Ministry of Education, emphasises the importance of this role. In a world that is connected more than ever – she says – the solutions to our problems can’t be individual. Astur states that spaces like Camino a FIESA are “enriching for all participants because they allow, from different point of views, to exchange knowledge, share good practices, explore opportunities and generate collaborative projects”.

With a vision based on the global south and the relationship between these regions, OBREAL aims to promote a dialogue in which the heterogeneity of each of these regions is a priority. An aim and a vision that are based on the values of innovation, inclusiveness, diversity, sustainability and multilingualism.

This is the perspective provided by OBREAL’s Director of Development and Strategy, Nicolás Patrici. He coordinated this Monday the first conversation of the meeting. In it, we analyzed the challenge of promoting south-south-north cooperation within universities.

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