Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: Civic Engagement and the Democratic Mission

This publication follows on from a conference in February 2022, held to mark the official launch of the Learning Community of Higher Education Associations and Leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The conference was hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. It brought together researchers, practitioners, and education representatives from across the region, as well as global partners, to share best practices and create a pathway to strengthen global cooperation.

The central theme addressed was, ‘how can universities in the Americas advance the democratic mission of higher education with a particular focus on local community engagement?’


Ronaldo Munck (coordinating editor)

Yadira Pinilla

Rita A. Hodges

Catherine Bartch

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Management Competencies Key Success Factor in HEIs

Actions to Strengthen Leadership, a Quebec-Mexico Collaborative Study

Within the framework of the actions of the XVII Quebec-Mexico Working Group of the Ministry of International Relations of La Francophonie (MRIF) and under the coordination of the Institute of University Leadership Management (IGLU) of the Inter-American University Organization (OUI), this document represents the inter-institutional effort in collaboration with the Universidad Veracruzana de México, the AdvanceHE Organization of the United Kingdom, the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUES) and the National Association of Technological Universities (ANUT).

This publication has the purpose of sharing a theoretical reflection on the context of the management exercise of directive positions in higher education institutions in Mexico, taking as a point of reference competences as a factor of success or the lack of it in the development of directive action.

It is made up of four large spaces, the first one gives a general approach to the conceptualization of competences, the central theme of this research.

In the second part, the methodological processes for gathering information are highlighted.

In the third space, the analysis of the most representative results is presented in a synthetic way to respond to the proposed objective.

Finally, the document closes with the presentation the discussion and conclusions in order to continue the development of the subject in a next stage at the level of Latin America.

Work team

Dr. Leticia Jiménez (IGLU-OUI)
General coordinator
of the investigation

Dr. Lisbeth Bethelmy (USB)
Lead researcher

Dr. Manuel Crespo (UdeM)

Dr. Virginia Santamaría (UV)

Steve Outram (AdvanceHE)

Jorge Ramírez (OUI)
Research assistant

Maddie Pitkin (AdvenceHE)
Research assistant

Programa Mentoring 2018 | Formación para mujeres líderes en el ámbito universitario

This publication in Spanish is the result of the Mentoring Program 2018 – Training for women leaders in the university environment organized by the Space of Women Leaders from Higher Education Institutions in the Americas (EMULIES) of the  Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE), in coordination with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and the UNESCO Regional Chair for Women, Science and Technology in Latin America Flacso (Argentina).

The 2018 Mentoring Program arose in response to demands made at various EMULIES events and, based on a consultation with female leaders of HEIs who expressed interest in having the appropriate tools to transmit their experiences in decision-making positions to other women.

Its objectives were to recover the experiences of some women leaders of the HEIs and strengthen capacities to transfer their learning to other women through mentoring processes.

The monitoring and evaluation of these processes provided inputs and conclusions that made it possible to carry out this tool in the field of academic institutions to contribute to the improvement of the situation of women in positions of power and decision-making.

Lidia Heller and Nora Gómez
Jimena Sánchez Barrenechea and Blas Fernández

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Connective Internationalization: The Curriculum in a Networked World

This book written in Spanish, constitutes a considerable contribution to all the professionals and academics of the IES members of the OUI interested in strengthening our alliances and consolidating our network.

The authors, María Veronica Pena Seminario and Maria Claudia Aponte Gonzalez, align vanguard concepts and practices in education, in order to develop an effective approach and strategy for the internationalization of the curriculum that evidences the importance of the creation of knowledge networks for that each institutional actor, from their role and position, can contribute to the entanglement that makes it possible for an HEI to become or consolidate itself as an international class institution.

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Women in Ibero-American universities: the search for the necessary work-family balance

This book written in Spanish, is the product of a project that began in 2018 and whose title is: “The challenges of conciliation. Comparative analysis of the experience of working women in institutions of higher education.”

It is a project that aims to show an x-ray of the reality of 15 institutions of higher education in five countries, four in Latin America (Mexico, Ecuador, Spain and Peru) and Italy.

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