On June 24 and 25, Columbus organized two days of reflection with Vice-Chancellors / Directors / Academic Secretaries with the aim of sharing points of view and reflections on the most relevant issues they face in the short and medium term, after the unprecedented conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first day, held on June 24, was focused on short-term decisions, in a context of uncertainty and risks related to the restart or not of face-to-face classes. The second day, focused on the medium term: what and how to take advantage of the crisis to rethink Higher Education.
The sessions, developed in panel format, were attended by professors Carlos Estrada Pinto (General Director of Academic Development, Autonomous University of Yucatan), Carlos Augusto Hernández (Academic Vice-Chancellor, National University of Colombia), and Manuir Mentges (( Pro Reitor of Graduacao, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul) as panelists and was moderated by Daniel Samoilovich, Executive Director of Columbus In addition to the panelists, 45 executives from 20 Columbus member universities participated.
This space for reflection among peers allowed sharing strategies, actions and plans that inspired the participants to replicate these good practices in their institutions. In addition, some work actions were conceived, such as the holding of periodic exchange meetings between Academic Vice-rectors every six months and the implementation of a repository of pedagogical resources and actions that the universities have carried out to face the current situation. This repository will be enriched by the participating universities.