Latin American universities agree a five year cooperation plan

by Ray Clancy on February 7, 2012

Agreement between ECLAC and UDUAL will involve inter-institutional cooperation in many areas

Universities in Latin America have signed an agreement which will strengthen shared research, debate, and training and create a deep sense of being Latin America.

There will be inter institutional cooperation in areas such as economic and social development of the region, especially to promote networks for education, climate change, environmental tax and Latin American/Asia relations.

The agreement, signed by Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL) will be in place for five years.

It will include the organisation of meetings, seminars, workshops, courses and consultancies, collaboration between officials and consultants from both institutions in studies and projects, exchange of professionals and materials, and the publication of documents and other outreach activities.

‘ECLAC has always been associated with our universities’ academic life, which has enabled it to renew ideas, principles and convictions which have been firmly founded. Therefore, we celebrate this agreement between this important regional organisation and UDUAL,’ said Roberto Escalante, UDUAL secretary general.

UDUAL, founded in 1949, is made up of more than 190 higher education institutions, national and sub regional university networks and Latin American disciplinary organizations in different areas of knowledge.

Both institutions ‘share the mission of promoting the development of our region through the reflection and generation of knowledge,’ said Barcena.

She added that ‘strengthening partnerships with academic bodies is a long standing tradition, both for improving mutual analytical capacities and also for discussion on the development of the region’.

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