Side events of the World Higher Education Conference organised by OBREAL Global

OBREAL Global has actively participated in the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference which took place in Barcelona from 18-20 May and organised together with its members and strategic partners a series of side events on 17 May at the University of Barcelona.

OBREAL Global General Assembly

After two years of pandemic in which the General Assembly had to be held virtually, the 2022 edition of the General Assembly was held in a hybrid format. It was a pleasure to have been able to see some of our members and strategic partners in person.  Above all, it was a great opportunity to discuss OBREAL Global’s progress and strategies for the coming years.   The assembly also allowed us to formalise the entry of the following new members of our association

  • Universidad Simón Bolívar, Colombia
  • Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional -CIN- Argentina
  • Universidad de Panamá, Panama
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Colombia
  • Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
  • Universidad Nacional de Hurlingham, Argentina
  • Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • ENLACES – Espacio de Educación Superior Latinoamericano y Caribeño, Colombia
  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
  • TU Berlin, Germany
  • Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
  • Université de Bordeaux, France
  • Munster Technological University, Ireland
  • TAMK/Tampere University Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Burch University, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • International Balkan University, North Macedonia

Presentation of the TRESAL Survey (Trends in Higher Education in Latin America)

Carried out jointly with ENLACES and with the technical support of LINED, Argentina, the TRESAL survey aims to systematically collect data on the main institutional trends in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to put them at the service of the consolidation of the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Area (ENLACES).

The first version of TRESAL was launched in 2013, in the context of the ALFA PUENTES project and was inspired by the TRENDS survey produced by the European University Association. This new edition of TRESAL is inspired by that first exercise and is presented as a legitimate regional instrument that contributes to a better understanding of regional dynamics and trends in Higher Education in Latin America.

TRESAL is aimed at higher education institutions in Latin America and will be distributed in each country by the corresponding association(s) of universities and council(s) of rectors that are members and partners of ENLACES and OBREAL Global.

It also has the participation and support of university associations and universities in Latin America (including ASCUN in Colombia, ANUIES in Mexico, CSUCA in Central America, ANDIFES in Brazil, FAUBAI in Brazil, AUGM in Uruguay and the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico) and the EU-LAC Foundation.

Cocktail-Debate – Higher Education and the SDGs: Interregional Perspectives

Co-organised with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the African Association of Universities (AAU) and the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Area (ENLACES), and with the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (SEPIE), the African Union, the EU-LAC Foundation, the University of Barcelona, the HAQAA initiative and the Colombian Association of Universities (ASCUN), this debate and cocktail was the opportunity to share interregional perspectives on how higher education institutions are tackling the SDGs and how cooperation is essential for this feat.

The meeting took place in theFerran Soldevila gardens of the Historic Building of the University of Barcelona