The first focus group on internationalisation of the curriculum organised by OBREAL Global and CSUCA was held on 29 March

OBREAL Global and CSUCA, Chair of our Central American Chapter, have decided to articulate a range of capacity building initiatives aimed at the development and consolidation of actions for the internationalisation of the curriculum.

The initiatives planned for the year include a participatory analysis of the state of play and future prospects of the internationalisation of the curriculum processes in the region, a series of webinars on best practice cases of internationalisation of the curriculum experiences in Latin America and the development of training activities in COIL ( Collaborative Online International Learning).

Regarding the participatory analysis mentioned above, a series of focus groups have been planned, composed of specialists in the field of international university relations and representatives of the academic areas of the institutions that are part of CSUCA.

The first of these focus groups was held on 29 March and was attended by Olga María Moscoso (international cooperation USAC, Guatemala), Néstor Hernández (international cooperation UES, El Salvador), Ricardo Morales (international cooperation UPNFM, Honduras), Oscar Gómez (director of postgraduate studies UNA, Nicaragua), Adrián Vergara (vice-dean of postgraduate studies UCR, Costa Rica), Carlos Rovetto (director of postgraduate studies UTP, Panama), Alice Burgos (director of teaching USAC, Guatemala), Belinda Flores (academic vice-rector UNAH, Honduras), Bartolomé Chinchilla (academic vice-rector UPNFM, Honduras), Maricruz Corrales (academic vice-rector UNED, Costa Rica) and Letisia Castillo (director of teaching URACCAN, Nicaragua).

The aim of the Focus Groups is to generate ideas and information on the institutional needs in CSUCA universities for the development of internationalisation of the curriculum skills and competences.

After the two planned focus groups, a conclusions document will be published and will be used as an input to define future joint actions between OBREAL Global and CSUCA.