International Cooperation

Columbus supports its members during all phases of their international projects. For this reason, we created the Columbus S&R Platform, a new service specially designed for international project development.

In an increasingly complex market, Columbus helps its members identify funding opportunities, supporting universities in all phases of their projects, by:

  • Sending information regarding European cooperation programs (multilateral and bilateral)
  • Analysing WPs and calls for proposals
  • Offering technical support and consulting
  • Identifying relevant topics
  • Searching for partners (see the online form "ask for a partner")
  • Supporting universities during preparation stages
  • Helping with pre-feasibility verification

Some successful projects:

Project : EUROPE CHAIR "Latin American Connection for the improvement of international relation services"

Network Coordinators: Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany, Université de Paris XII, France, Universitat de Valencia, Spain and Universidad del Norte, Colombia.

Description : "Europe Chair: Latin American Connection" is an international seminar on European education addressed to directors, advisers, and officers for Latin American universities' international relations. Columbus advised the project presentation, participated in seminars and performed the final evaluation of the results.

More information: www.uninorte.edu.co/catedraeuropa


Project: Research Management (1994-1996)

Coordinators: University of Warwick, University of Utrecht, Federal University of Río de Janeiro.

Description : Columbus took part in this international project aimed at strengthening the development of policies and management instruments for research and promoting necessary strategic planning and organizational support services. Two seminars were conducted at the University of Buenos Aires (1994) and University of Warwick.

More information: In 1996, the result of the first seminar was published in the series "Columbus Papers in University Management: The Management of Research in Universities," edited by Malcolm Carpenter.


Project: CINDA-COLUMBUS FORUM: "Higher education policies related to regulation and funding in Europe and Latin America", 1998.

Network Coordinators: CINDA and Columbus

Description: Within the framework of the forum, both university networks put their skills together to develop a platform of exchange and collaboration for the analysis and formulation of proposals for public and institutional policies in the field of higher education. The methodology of the forum included the identification of issues of interest for Latin America and Europe.

More information: In this collaborative process, with the support of the European Commission, Columbus produced a document entitled "XXI Century University- Regulation and Funding in Europe and Latin America,” edited by Joseph M. José Joaquín Bricall and Brummer.


Project: GRADUA2 "Tracking of graduates: data collection, analysis and use of information to improve institutional effectiveness"

Network Coordinators: Technological Institute and of Superior Studies of Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico.

Description: Columbus took part in this international project that aimed to promote the exchange of experiences of systematic graduate monitoring as a tool for enrichment and enhancement. Participants in this project wished to systematize existing processes and make them useful for other organizations. This forum included the identification of issues in terms of interest for Latin America and Europe.

More information: Download the Project Summary; Alumni Follow-up Manual, visit the web-page.


Project: MIRROR Project "Development of a reference model for comparison and recognition of engineering programmes"

Network Coordinators: University of Costa Rica

Description : The central idea of the Mirror project is to promote a process of comparative assessment between engineering degree programs based on criteria agreed upon as essential to an academic program's quality. There is no simple definition of educational quality. Criteria varies according to approaches and disciplines.

More information: http://www.fing.ucr.ac.cr/redmirror/index.shtml


Project: University Network of Continuing Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (RECLA)

Description: Columbus supported the creation of this network and its interaction with the European association to bring together those responsible for continuing education units, EUCEN.

More information: http://www.recla.org/home


Project: COLUMBUS INCUBATORS CONSORTIUM – CIC (1994-1996)

Network Coordinators: Columbus

Description: This consortium is a pioneer in the field of pilot projects and training programs for incubator technology-based businesses. It is the first project that combines pilot experimentation, training-action of directors, and research- action.


Project: University Cooperation with SMEs (1993-1997)

Network Coordinator: Columbus

Description: Columbus has supported projects for the development of university support structures for small and medium enterprises. The main objectives of these projects have been: SME depth study to determine the best contribution of universities to its development, support the creation of specific and relevant training courses to this sector, support the creation of transfer service businesses and train university staff in this field.


Project: INTEGRA Project "Integrating New Technologies in School: Developing and promoting core competencies in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay” (2003-2006).

Coordinator: Instituto Superior Mario Boella (Italy)

Description: The INTEGRA project was an @lis’ demonstration projects, supported by the European Union and participating countries and institutions for the incorporation of new information and communication technologies in different sectors of the Latin American Region. This capacity building project was carried out over a period of 3 years and aimed to develop and strengthen Latin American institutions’ capacity to use ICTs appropriately for teaching and administrative purposes.

More information: www.integraproject.org Download the Project Summary here


Project: Library of Babel (2005-2007)

Coordinator: Catholic University of Valparaiso (Chile)

Description: Columbus launched this project with the objective of evaluating the impact of new information and communication technologies in university libraries and their connection with pedagogical practices innovations. Twenty five institutions (15 Latin American and 10 European) formed the network.

More information: Download the Project Summary here. To consult the Guidelines for the creation of institutional repositories in universities and higher education organizations, download here and wiki tools.


Project: NINIVEH Project (2000-2002)

Coordinator: Instituto Superior Mario Boella (Torino, Italy)

Description: Columbus helped develop a knowledge base created and maintained by the Institute Mario Boella (Torino, Italy) in collaboration with the EUA (European University Association). Under this project, the member universities had the opportunity to self-diagnose their situation in relation to the subject. Activities developed during this period constitute a punctual contribution to three areas: training students in techniques of documentary research, integration of new technologies in schools and use of new technologies in university libraries.

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