One core component of OBREAL Global’s mission is to facilitate and promote inter-regional dialogue and collaboration between different global regions, in particular those who may not have structured and/or consistent higher education and research relations.

The Interregional Dialogue series have been designed as a key feature of OBREAL Global’s activities to connect partners in different regions of the world and to explore themes of common and emerging interest in higher education from an interregional perspective.

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The first of the OBREAL Global’s Interregional Dialogues series is being organised by the Brazilian Association for Higher Education – FAUBAI -,  Symbiosis International University, the South American and the Indian OBREAL Global Chapters and is supported by the Higher Education of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry   -FICCI-.   

On this occasion, during the next 3 months, we will be discussing internationalisation and cooperation in higher education with partners in South America and India. It will be a great occasion to learn more about both regions and their institutions and challenges and to enhance and support bridges and links between both regions.

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The Chapter South America organised a series of webinar that aimed to present and discus, from an inter-regional perspective, the main trends on internationalisation of the curriculum and digitisation of learning. The webinars were conducted together with OBREAL Global members, the associations of rectors and universities of Brazil (ANDIFES), Chile (CRUCH), Colombia (ASCUN) and Mexico (ANUIES), the Asociación de Universidades del Grupo de Montevideo, LINED of the Universidad de Mar del Plata in Argentina, the Universidad Veracruzana of Mexico, FAUBAI (Brazil) SARUA (South Africa), CSUCA (Central America) and SIU (India) and with the participation of OBREAL Global´s partners EUA (Europe) and EAIE (Europe).

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This series of online events formed part of the groundwork for the development of a ‘Policy Data Unit’ in Africa, which is a new approach to generating comparable data on higher education across the continent, closely rooted in the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) and the structures surrounding it. It was organised by the AAU, with the support of OBREAL Global and in close collaboration with the coordinators of the higher education sub-group of CESA, through the HAQAA2 initiative.

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The OBREAL Global webinar series “Building Bridges across the Globe” was launched in response to the global pandemic, as a means to connect partners and members from diverse continents and to explore themes of common and emerging interest. The series was distinctive in that it proposed a truly global dialogue, based on cooperative projects and initiatives that OBREAL Global supports. The objective was to maintain the momentum of these projects and initiatives, debate their relevance in the period of tele-working and distance education and establish new bridges between regions and continents that do not have permanent linkages of traditional cooperation in a structured way.

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