Projects carried out


CAMINOS is a project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union and coordinated by OBREAL. CAMINOS aims to contribute to the deepening of the Latin American Higher Education Space by improving the capacity of universities, university associations and networks to enhance, promote and manage internal, regional Latin American student and staff mobility.


Universities Linking Initiatives and Synergies in Europe and South America, “ULISES” Project (2013-2015) contributed to the development of the Common Area of Higher Education ALCUE and promoted the active participation of EU and LAC Higher Education Institutions as well as academic staff, policy makers, decision makers, managers and administrators. Its multiplying effect benefited other stakeholders such as Higher education inspectors EU and LAC HE Advisors and Counsellors and the Research and Industry community in both regions as well.


The Alfa PUENTES Project was an international cooperation initiative created to foster the development of the Latin American Higher Education Area. Led by European and Latin American university associations, it aims to improve modernisation mechanisms, reform and harmonisation of Latin American education systems, and promote large-scale collaboration between European and Latin American universities. Co-financed by the European Commission Alfa programme, the project covered a three-year period (2011-2014)


HICA was an ‘structural’ project co-financed by the European Commission in Latin America under the Erasmus+ programme. HICA involved universities, national university associations, ministries and Central American regional bodies, as well as several European institutions, including University College Cork, HICA promoted a dynamic partnership for higher education reform, harmonization and quality enhanced. It was developed upon a previous EU initiative to foster a qualifications framework for the Central American region, based on European good practice, and also supports Central American universities to implement learning outcomes based approaches in their curricula.


The CODOC project examined doctoral education through the lens of a more balanced development in global knowledge and the role that Europe has to play in this. The project was rooted in the growing cross-regional discussions on doctoral education, which have more or less been driven by Europe, North America and several other developed nations in Asia and the South Pacific. It was also inspired by the internal European discussions and rapid transformation of doctoral education in the Bologna process context. Over the course of this two-year project, the consortium studied trends in doctoral education in different developing regions of the world and aim to provide occasions for enhancing collaborative doctoral education between European universities and their partners in Southern Africa, Asia and Latin America.


MIELES supported a network of Indian  and European HEI to develop and implement institutional strategies for elearning that came out as a multiplier effect of previous Eramus + project. Many development cooperation interventions are related directly to ICT infrastructure (Digital India, for example) or to the provision of online course content. Few projects have addressed the need to support HEI to utilise ICT infrastructure and online course content, and to enable leadership and staff to do so, in a cross-institutional way (one of the purpose of strategies). Working on this issue in an international consortium of partners, in the context of Erasmus+ (that was at the time coordinated by the UB),  helped in shaping quality standards for Indian online course content and elearning approaches, innovate teaching and learning practices/pedagogy via e-learning and build capacity of teachers across partner institutions to use elearning and ICT tools. MIELES was designed to provide a collaborative platform to address a relevant issue for the development, reform, democratization and modernization of the higher education system in India and to reinforce Indian-EU higher education collaboration.