Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, November 19 2018 – The V conference of the Inter-American Space for Technical and Technological Higher Education (EIESTEC) ended on November 16. Organized by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE), in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas (ITLA) headquarter of the program, this event took place in Punta Cana.
The agenda of this event introduced presentations from 11 countries in addition to the presence of the authorities in the field of Higher Education such as Alejandrina Germán, Minister of Education of the Dominican Republic, Dr. David Julien, Executive Director of the IOHE, Ing. Jose Armando Tavarez, Rector of ITLA and vice-president of the Caribbean region of the IOHE, and Claudia Brenes, Executive Director of the EIESTEC. Likewise, the V conference brought together more than 60 participants, government leaders, rector, vice-presidents, academics experts, professors, representatives of international organizations as well as representatives of the private sector, all of them experts in the field.
The EIESTEC conference, which has consolidated its positions as the space dedicated to the advancement of technical and technological higher education in the Americas, attracted the leaders of the region to establish additional contacts, to strengthen the collaboration within the university community and to discuss news trends. Indeed, the participants of the V EIESTEC conference attended a two-day seminar in which they participated in several presentations and working sessions of great interest for technical and technological higher education institutions (TTHEI) in the Americas.
Under the overall theme “Higher technical training: integral, international and digital”, issues of employment and entrepreneurship in the TTHEI were addressed as well as the innovative management in the field of technical and technological higher education, the recognition of competences and their impact on international mobility.
“The contemporary society is facing complex challenges; the academic collaboration between TTHEI from different countries, opens the door to the development of professional qualifications with international recognition that responds to employers and transnational industry requirements in addition to ensure the managing information, knowledge and the digital literacy of theirs future graduates” stated Dr. David Julien, Secretary General of the IOHE.
In effect, this conference was a space, which allowed directors, professors, researchers and other professionals, government entities, and from the technical and technological higher education sector, to present theirs case studies, innovative proposals or improvements in management models of the institutions in this field, in order to promote the academic collaboration in the Americas. In this regard, the day prior to the event, the EIESTEC’S Coordination Committee participated in a working session in which the thematic lines of the EIESTEC training program were set up. This program will be offered to the IOHE members and partners as from 2019.
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