The series of e-sessions, e-conferences, e-forums on relevant topics to the universities, are held periodically, involving up to 100 member institutions. All members are invited to register for these sessions.
We have developped the following web sessions:
Web-based conference on Horizon 2020, What’s new?
Information session on the program aimed at funding research and innovation in Europe, Horizon 2020. This information session introduced the main mechanisms and novelties vis-à- vis the previous program (6 and 7 Framework Program). Likewise, it pointed out the cooperation opportunities between Europe and Latin America.
Web-based conference on Erasmus and cooperation opportunities between Europe and Latin America
Description: information session on the fundraising program aimed at funding higher education programs, Erasmus +. This information session introduced the main mechanisms and novelties vis-à-vis the previous program, Erasmus Mundus. Likewise, it pointed at the cooperation opportunities between Europe and Latin America. It was organized around two sessions, one in December 2013 and one in September 2014.
Trends and Initiatives in Universites’ social responsibility, web-conference May 31, 2012
Columbus, The Social Responsibility Regional Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean - ORSALC and The International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean UNESCO - IESALC, hosted via web a conference on "Trends and Initiatives in Universities’ Social Responsibility", in which 40 institutions and 200 representatives participated. This activity has served as a backdrop to launch a benchmarking group on the subject.
The conference presented and shared material which can be downloaded here.
Web-conference on Professors’ salaries, April 25, 2012
During an interactive videoconference Prof. Philip Altbach and Dr. Liz Reisberg presented the findings of their new book “Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts”. As higher education is being increasingly international, they decided to compare public universities professors’ salaries of around the world. Philip Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) at the Boston College and his colleagues, analyzed academic salaries, contracts and benefits in publicly funded universities in 28 different countries, addressing the taboo subject: how much professors earn? Moreover, these figures have been compared with other professions’ conditions with an equivalent level of training.
The online education tsunami, June 25, 2012.
Columbus organized a Web-conference on online education with the special contribution of Professor Peter Haddawy of UNU-IIST. In the past few months some of the world’s most elite universities have began offering select courses for free online. This “tsunami” of online education raises some important questions for traditional universities: Why would these elite universities undertake this type of project? What will the impact be on higher education institutions? How could these trends redefine the role of teachers?
During the web conference Prof. Haddawy, Director of the International Institute for Software Technology of United Nations University, answered to these questions and to other ones coming from attendees. Columbus had also the pleasure to count on Mrs. Van-Den-Brande participation. She is responsible for "ICT for learning” in terms of policies in the Lifelong Learning Programme at theDG Education and Culture of the European Commission and talked about the EC initiative on open education. Thus, the two experts exchanged ideas, views and expectations for the future on online education for the great satisfaction of participants.
Internationalization at Home, from theory to practice, March 14 and 15 2012
Columbus broadcast in live a few of the International Seminar on Higher Education conferences, organized by the Cátedra Europa Program of the Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia. Several experts spoke about the obstacles to internationalization at home and about successful and more frequent practices. Among the presenters were : Jos Beleen, Head of International Office of Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Chair of the Special Interest Group, Internationalisation at Home, of the European Association for International Education (EAIE); Giancarlo Spinelli, Director of International Relations Office of Politecnico di Milano (Italy); Maria Gómez Ortueta, Director of International Relations Office of University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain).
Joint and double degree programs in LA and EU, October 6, 2011
In this conference the results of research conducted by Dr. Jocelyne Gacel-Ávila, General Coordinator for Cooperation and Internationalization, University of Guadalajara, Mexico, were presented. Published by Higher Education Observatory on Borderless OECD, this presentation discussed current Joint and Double degrees programs in Latin America, including trends, motivations, obstacles, partner countries and their main characteristics. Dr. Francesco Girotti, University of Bologna, Director of the Joiman Project financed by the European Commission, outlined the opportunities and obstacles presented by these programs from the perspective of European universities.
Joint programs: obstacles, challenges and opportunities, July 21, 2011
Presented by Prof. Francesco Girotti, University of Bologna, Joiman Project Coordinator. At the conference, he explained the lines of the Joiman project's work, as well as the barriers and benefits of joint programs. Attended with great interest, 66 international coordinators from 16 universities from 10 European and Latin American countries participated.
Info-Session about new calls for the Seventh Framework Program, July 18, 2011
In parallel to the info-sessions organized by the European Commission in Brussels on the new FP7 calls, Columbus, in collaboration with Moverim Consulting (Brussels) presented the new cooperation programs of particular interest for European and Latin American institutions. The Info-Session topics included a number of proposals, 4 bilateral and an international cooperation network. Facilitators: Laura Vivani and Silvia Anastasia, both of Moverim Consulting (Brussels).
Info-Session about the calls for Marie-Curie actions under the Seventh Framework Program, July 7, 2011
In collaboration with Moverim Consulting (Brussels) (www.moverim.eu), Columbus offered an overview of key aspects and important elements for the elaboration of proposals under the Marie Curie 4 Intra-European Fellowships, (IEF ), International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF), International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) and the Career Integration Grants (CIG) -. Facilitators: Laura Vivani and Silvia Anastasia, both from Moverim Consulting (Brussels).
Rankings and the accountability in Higher Education: valid and spurious uses, May 16 and 17 2011
Following the UNESCO World Forum on Rankings, in collaboration with the OECD and the World Bank, Columbus organized two videoconferences on the subject. Attended by 50 representatives of 23 universities in Europe and Latin America from 11 countries.
Web-conference (in English) by Prof. Frans van Vught, CHEPS, Ben Sowter, Head of QS Intelligence Unit and editor of the QS World University Rankings, and Ellen Hazelkorn, Director of the Center for Research and Technological Institute company Dublin, Ireland.
Web-conference (in Spanish) by Prof. Martí Parellada, CyD Foundation (Barcelona), Pedro Henriquez, Director of IESALC-Unesco, Carlos Angulo-Galvis, Rector of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and Imanol Ordorika , Managing Director of Institutional Assessment at the UNAM (Mexico).
E-Forum: Standards of Quality Distance Higher Education in charge of the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, March 2011
In this conference, the Latin American and Caribbean Institute for Quality in Distance Higher Education (CALED), through the Dr. Mary Morocho Quezada, Coordinator of the Assessment and Accreditation (UTPL) presented the main lines of action in this frame. Attended by 16 member universities Columbus.
The challenge of creating world-class universities, September 2010
Web-Conference with Jamil Salmi about his publication: possible strategies for establishing globally competitive universities, challenges, costs and risks that this entails. Interactive participation of over 100 people from 16 universities in Latin America and Europe.