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Last Friday, April 13 was the closing session of the Columbus U-Benchmarking Club: "Enhancing Women's Participation in STEM Programs". With the support of UNESCO, this Benchmarking Club program brought together 17 Ibero-American universities, most of them Columbus members, to share good practices in university policies and strategies to promote and improve access, recruitment and retention of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

The Columbus Association and UNESCO are pleased to invite you to participate in the launching session of the Virtual Program on Open Science and Research Data Management that will take place on April 26 at 16:00 Paris time.

The Columbus Association and Universidad del Rosario in collaboration with Transparency International invite students from universities in Europe and Latin America to participate in the first Global Challenge seeking to mobilize young people around the understanding and fight against corruption.

Universidad Tecnológica de Bolivar is offering five tuition scholarships to students of Columbus member universities for the course: Design and Development of Sustainable Solutions for Coastal Zones, as part of its Summer School 2018. 

Eight young talents from Columbus member universities have been selected to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to the Medicine/Physiology to be held from June 24 to 29, 2018 in Lindau, Germany. 

In 2017, 17 young researchers from Columbus member universities achieved their dream of meeting and sharing experiences for a week with Nobel Prize laureates at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings of Chemistry and Economics. Thanks to the collaboration agreement between Columbus and the Lindau Nobel Meetings, Columbus member universities can nominate candidates to participate in the 2018 Meeting that will be dedicated to Physiology/Medicine and closely related disciplines.

On behalf of Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) invites foreign citizens who are interested in studying for a specialization, master’s degree or doctorate, conducting graduate or postdoctoral research, or taking part in an undergraduate or graduate-level academic mobility program, to participate in the 2018 Mexican Government Scholarship Program for International Students.

From August 22 to 26, 2017, 17 Nobel laureates in Economic Sciences met in Lindau, Germany to find the next generation of researchers in Economy and in this way exchange experiences and knowledge. Columbus, thanks to an agreement with the Lindau Foundation, channeled the participation in this meeting of 11 young economists from its partner universities. Inspiring speeches, incredible experience, contacts and networking, perspectives of collaboration are some of the common words that describe this experience. Here is the voice of the participants.

Within the framework of the activities of the Network of Continuing Education in Latin America and Europe - RECLA, we are very pleased to invite you to participate in the XXII International Meeting of RECLA co-organized by the University of Seville; which is entitled "Strategies for Internationalization of Continuing Education".

The Pre-meeting will be held on October 17, 2017 and the XXII International Meeting will be held from October 18 to 20, 2017.


The agenda of the meeting includes conferences, panels and presentation of successful experiences, spaces for interaction between the different units of continuing education of Latin American and European universities that will participate in the meeting. The purpose of these activities is to facilitate processes and contacts regarding the offer of programs, both virtual and face-to-face continuing education.

Given the double European and Latin American profile of the universities belonging to RECLA, we consider that the Meeting in Seville represents an excellent opportunity to study the process of analysis of the Internationalization of Continuing Education. For more information we invite you to visit: https://www.recla2017.org/

Speaking about the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Economic Sciences to be hosted in Lindau, Germany, from August 22nd to the 26th, what do the expectations expressed by the young talent nominated by Columbus that will participate in the meeting tell us? They know that it is an opportunity to learn firsthand about the latest findings in economic science; they think, as well, it will be an environment conducive to exchange ideas and they hope to better understand the current economic reality and be able to propose solutions to the problems they perceive. They also look for inspiration: exchanging on the challenges in research will allow them to better appreciate their own future. They know it is an experience that will become a keystone in their academic lives and it will allow them to find other economists with similar interests to create collaborative networks and develop future research. In short, they hope to know and apply new knowledge, to see their future more clearly and to expand their possibilities of international collaboration.

Belem Barbosa, Universidad de Aveiro, and Claudia Prado-Meza, Universidad de Colima, presented at Edulearn 2017, the 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, held in Barcelona (Spain) in July, the results of their experience developing international cooperation projects in their classes by using the Columbus Hub Academy, the first multilateral platform for the development of COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), for the benefit of the large majority of students who cannot pursue an international mobility experience.

A very inspiring environment full of very talented young people with lots of potential and energy, motivated and united by the same passion, coming from around the world to meet with Nobel Laureates on Chemistry was the scenario in Lindau (Germany) during the Meeting with Nobel Prizes that took place from June 25th to 30th, 2017.

Daniel Samoilovich, Executive Director of Columbus, was present as speaker at the presentation of the study "The reform of governance in European university systems" held at the Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Madrid on June 26th 2017.

Starting Monday, June 25th, 29 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry will meet with 420 young scientists (graduates, doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers) from all over the world at the 67th Nobel Laureate Meetings in Lindau, Germany from the 25th to the 30th of June, 2017.

Columbus is promoting the Hub Academy as an excellent opportunity for the development of COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning), for the benefit of the large majority of students who cannot pursue an international mobility experience.

Around 70 specialists in different scientific fields from various countries of Latin America and Europe are meeting from June 5 to 9 at the UNC to analyze and debate on the visions of development in Latin America and the role of planning for Sustainable Development.

Thirteen young economists from Columbus member universities have been selected to take part in the 6th Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences with 19 Laureates from August 22 to 26, 2017. They represent 39.4% of the young Ibero-American economists accepted. In Latin America, the economists presented by Columbus constitute 80% of the accepted ones established in the region and 33.33% of all Latin Americans accepted, if those that study / work outside the region are included. These talented researchers come from universities in Argentina (1), Brazil ( 2), Colombia (3), Spain (2), Peru (2) and Portugal (3).

The Students4Change project was successfully launched in Mexico City under the coordination of the  Instituto de Estudios Tecnológicos de Monterrey. The kick-off meeting allowed organizing the flow of the project involving leaders from Europe and Latin America that will be in charge of the working packages and their implementation.

Universidad del Rosario Law School is launching its doctoral fellowship program to offer to a select group of scholars in the last stages of their doctoral research the opportunity to join a vibrant academic community devoted to socio-legal studies. The program welcomes scholars in the early stages of their academic career whose dissertation projects are related to our faculty research agenda and are interested in actively participating in the Law School’s academic life.

From 2017 onwards, the University of Colima offers summer school on Colima, Mexico. Students can come for internships in the fields of: Hospitality, International Trade, Medicine and Multidisciplinary Community Care, all of them combined with a tutoring program of Spanish language and culture. Each edition will focus on different areas with 4 weeks of extension.

The UR International Summer School offers an academic and international experience to undergraduate and graduate students interested in deepening their knowledge of global and regional trending topics. Taught by highly qualified national and international speakers during the months of June and August 2017 in Colombia – South America, the Summer School offers short courses with credit transfer and/or experiential workshops designed by the university’s 7 Schools with a duration of one to two weeks. Courses are taught in Spanish or English.

The Benchmarking Club on University Libraries, coordinated by Columbus, has been invited to participate and share this experience as an example of network's cooperative work in the 9th Regional Conference on Cataloging and the 7th Information Services Seminar, organized by the Library System of the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis de Potosí in Mexico.

Europe’s demography in terms of ethno-cultural composition is rapidly diversifying in an unprecedented way. This topic has become a priority issue for policymakers at the national and EU-level. There is a great concern on how to deal adequately with superdiversity as it affects all realms of society.

The first edition of the Summer School ‘Europe: Diversity and Migration’ addresses these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and provides participants with insights, information and tools based on theoretical perspectives, empirical case studies and several field visits.

Five young scientists from Columbus member universities have been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany from June 25th to 30th, 2017. Columbus-nominated participants represent 27.7% of young Latin American accepted researchers studying in the region, and 20.8% of all accepted Latin American young scientists, if those studying outside the region are included. Accepted young researchers come from universities in Argentina (1), Chile (2), Colombia (1) and Mexico (1).

In order to attract the best students from around the world, Dublin Institute of Technology, through the Centenary Scholarship Program, offers 60 scholarships of 50% for any masters program for the academic year 2017-2018.

The rector of the Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela, Benjamin Scharifker, gave an interview for the latest edition of the magazine Contrapunto where he presents his views on the social and political situation  and particularly on higher education in Venezuela.

After nominating 14 candidates from its member universities for the Chemistry meeting in 2017, Columbus has just nominated 18 candidates from its members for the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences next year. Thus Columbus has nominated 31 candidates in total for the 2017 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany.

As a result of the close collaboration for more than 20 years of Columbus with HEC - Hautes Etudes Commerciales - prestigious business school in France, two business professors from Columbus' Member Universities have been awarded scholarships for the International Teachers Program (ITP).

Recent developments in international research illustrate two well-known laws, the Goodhart and the Campbell laws, both developed in the middle of the 70’s.

Columbus has nominated 14 candidates from its member universities for the Lindau Chemistry Meetings in 2017. In this way, the Columbus Association has nominated 52% of the total candidates from Latin American institutions.

US President Barack Obama met with more than 1,000 young people from Latin America and the Caribbean at the Coliseo Polideportivo of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.  He urged them to make a change in society and not wait for governments to do it.

Once every year, 30–40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau, Germany, to meet the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines. http://www.lindau-nobel.org/


Follow the conference live "Strengthening the role of universities in sustainable development" by clicking here.

The Columbus Association participated in the I Latin American and Caribbean Open Science Forum organized by:  the Latin America and the Caribbean UNESCO’s Regional Office of Science, Montevideo office; the National Agency for Innovation and Research (ANII),  the Universidad de la República (UDELAR) and the Grupo Montevideo University Association (AUGM).

In the second round of Erasmus + Capacity Building Calls for proposals, 16 institutions of the Columbus network – from 5 Latin American and 4 Europeans countries  - and 1 social-entrepreneurs network, Ashoka, under the coordination of the Technological Institute of Monterrey have obtained the grant for the project Students 4 Change: Social Entrepreneurship in Academia for approximately one million euros. A number of 147 projects were selected from 736, which implies a 20% success rate, and should start their activities between October and December 2016.

We have the pleasure to announce that the program Benchmarking in University Libraries successfully finished. It counted with 150 s from 26 member universities of Columbus, from Latin America and Portugal.

Is Collaborative Online International Learning part of your strategy to enhance the quality of your education?

Last 7th April, President Michael D Higgins gave a very vibrant speech in favor of academic values and universities role in society. 

From 4-6 March a unique summit took place in Cartagena, Colombia. Thirty scholars and experts from six countries in Latin America and the United States discussed the future of higher education in the region.

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LANEF PhD Program is a three year program to support PhD training of excellent students. The thesis will be prepared in one of the five laboratories on a topic related to one or several of the following fields:

CODAES Project – Digital Learning Comunities on Higher Education. This project is part of a Franco-Mexican intergovernmental agreement on education.

Meeting with 20 professors of Universidad de Talca, in which the issue of "How to close the cognitive gap" as strategy for retaining students with dificulties, in those areas with increased drop-out.

Web-conference Erasmus+ Mobility Actions : How to develop Successful Proposals?

Date: October 9th , 2015     -     Time: 17h00 Paris     -     In Spanish    -    Free Participation

Andrée Sursock (EUA): Trends2015 - quality assurance, internationalisation, ICT.  Columbus organizes a Web conference on September 21st (in English), in which Andrée Sursock, Senior Adviser at EUA (European Universities Association

Fifteen Columbus’ member universities and other 3 partners, under the coordination of Antwerp University, Belgium, and the co-coordination of Universidad del Rosario, Colombia, have been selected to implement the CityLabs Project: Engaging Students with Sustainable Cities in Latin-America.

On August 12th, took place the last session of this successful workshop. Participant universities shared their Action-Plans. The workshop deserved a very positive assessment by the 15 participating universities.

Between  July 13th and 17th,  Columbus took-over a workshop with its Venezuelan member universities: Simon Bolivar, Metropolitana and Lisandro-Alvarado. The focus was put on identificatying initiatives and joint projects between academics,

Central Theme:“The impact of Disciplinary Integration on Industrial Innovation and Sustainable Development”

Columbus Association organizes, on June 11th (in English) and June 18th (in Spanish), 2 conferences in which Prof Bogle, chair of the Doctoral Studies Community of LERU,

EUA – the European University Association – recently released the report titled Trends 2015: Learning and Teaching in European Universities.

Columbus is pleased to invite you to participate at the E-workshop: Implementing Internationalisation at Home, to be launched in the first week of April.


We welcome the ten universities who recently joined the Association. We invite all our members to get acquainted with them:

The GD for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has launched a call for proposals within its Excellent Science pillar of the Horizon 2020 program.

We are pleased to invite you to attend our web-conference on Erasmus + : Opportunities for the Euro-Latin American Cooperation, which will be held on Friday, November 7 at 16h00 (Paris time).

La Asamblea de Columbus tendra lugar el 29 de julio en Rio de Janeiro, coincidente con el encuentro de rectores de Universia. En esta ocasion se definiran las nuevas orientaciones y lineas de trabajo de Columbus para el bienio 2014-2016. 

Columbus is collaborating with the Brazilian firm of hospital services EBSERH, in the development of a training program for top managers of 13 university hospitals in Brazil.

With 26 HEIs and more than 160 participants we launched our training program on marketing for attracting international students!

CALL FOR FULL TIME TEACHERS ? THIRD PERIOD 2014 SPECIFICATIONS The University of Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano requires full-time teachers for the third quarter ( July thru December) for Bogota and Cartagena in the following schools: ?

Know about our services & activities for 2014 and our news!

Register with your team Launching day: June 2014 Deadline for regitration: June 6th 2014

The Universidad Catolica del Norte (www.ucn.cl), Department of Economics is recruiting two associate professors for researching and teaching activities.

Columbus comparte con ustedes esta invitacion del DIES-DAAD, (Programa de cooperacion academica Alemana) para participar en el Curso de Capacitacion International Deans Course, Latin America 2014/2015.

Project funded by the AlFA program of the European Commission to address the problem of student dropout in higher education.

Funded by Nuffic, the Dutch cooperation agency, this project is coordinated by the Free University of Amsterdam and the Universidad del Rosario. Columbus participated as an associated partner with its representation in Colombia.

Entrevista con profesores y directivos de Universidades miembros que participaron del programa programa International Teachers Programme (ITP) en HEC Paris.

Un buen número de Universidades miembros de Columbus y participantes del Benchmarking en Responsabilidad Social Universitaria se dieron cita en Asunción, Paraguay

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