Who we are

I want to establish an inter-American chain of universities, which transcends all physical boundaries, be they political, geographic, ideological or social, that works jointly to improve and strengthen each of its links.

—Gilles Boulet, Founding President of the IOHE


To be a reference as an inter-American leader and a strategic ally of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), with the aim of consolidating their role as a driving force for social change and to overcome social inequalities, while promoting knowledge and learning society.


To contribute to the transformation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in order to respond to their social and political contexts, while building and creating common spaces of Inter-American collaboration.


  • Ethics
  • Inter-Americanity
  • Innovation
  • Equity

Strategic Axes

  • Social Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Internationalization
  • Sustainable Development
  • Organizational Management and Leadership

Our History

The Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) was born in an effervescent academic context, thanks to the joint efforts of a whole community.

However, it would be impossible to emphasize the existence of the IOHE without recognizing the contribution of its founder, Gilles Boulet who, throughout his career, developed a deep interest in the history of civilizations in Latin America.

« I had observed a lack of knowledge and a deplorable lack of collaborative links between universities in South and North America. There existed great potential for exchange between the institutions that belonged to the same continent. There was no organization that managed these institutions as a collective group. I therefore believed that the solution could lie in the creation of such an institution. »


Founding conference of the IOHE


Institute of Management and University Leadership (IGLU)


College of the Americas (COLAM)


CAMPUS Program


Women Leaders of Higher Education Institutions in the Americas (EMULIES)


Inter-American Space for Higher Technical and Technological Education (EIESTEC)

Since its creation, the IOHE has become a reference in the academic community of the Americas as a true academic network, offering quality services to its members. Its efforts today focus on implementing internationalization strategies through the management of a wide variety of international events, missions and professional development programs to provide new opportunities for its member institutions.


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