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Opening conference

Held on October 15th, the Opening Conference was included the participation of key players in the Higher Education sector in Mexico, which discussed their views on the main theme: “Knowledge Mobility: Responsibility and Resource”:

  • Master of Ceremonies: Daniel González Spencer, Secretary of International Relations, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL); Mexico.
  • Main speaker: José Narro Robles, President, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Mexico.

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  • Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, President, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, President CAIE Mexico 2013; Mexico.
  • Yoloxóchitl Bustamante Diez: General Director of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico.
  • Alicia Cabrero Lobato, President of AMPEI, Director of Academic Cooperation, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
  • Ginette Martin, Acting Consul General of Canada in Monterrey, Canada.
  • Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, Governor of Nuevo León, Mexico.
  • María Dolores Sánchez Soler, Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies and Scholarships, CONACYT; Mexico.

The table of honour was presided by:

  • Yang Meng, General Secretary for the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), China.
  • Natalia Jaramillo Manjarres, Chief of the Cooperation Office, Ministry of Education, Colombia.
  • Enrique Fernández Fassnacht, Executive Director, Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Instituciones de Educación Superior (ANUIES), Mexico.
  • Francisco Marmolejo, Coordinator of Higher Education, World Education, USA.
  • Juana Aurora Cavazos Cavazos, Secretary of Education of the State of Nuevo León, Mexico.
  • Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Senator for the Republic of Mexico and President of the Education Commission, Mexico.
  • Fernando Serrano Migallón, Sub-Secretary of Higher Education for the Secretary of Public Education, in representation of Emilio Chuayffet Chemor, Secretary of Public Education, Mexico.
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1) Internationalization at Home

Internationalization at Home (IaH) has emerged as a key pillar of internationalization in higher education (HE). In many institutional and national strategies, such as the recent EU internationalization strategy ‘European Higher Education in the World’, IaH is high on the agenda. Still, there are different meanings and rationales to examine. This workshop provided a better understanding of IaH’s meaning, how it relates to mobility, important trends in international e-learning, and how to assess IaH at the institutional level. Participants learned how to introduce IaH in their own institution and the challenges and opportunities they face to achieve a successful integration.

  • Hans de Wit: Professor of International Higher Education at the Centre for Applied Research in Economics and Management, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences; Holland.
  • Moderator: Jocelyne Gacel, Expert in internacionalization and cooperation in HE; Mexico.

2) Internationalization Strategies: Doctorate Programs and Research Initiatives

The internationalization of higher education is a strategic developmental instrument that causes serious impact, both regionally and globally, on academics, researchers, and the “take over generation” alike. Well into the XXI century, we have born witness to the many needs required to offer top-grade education characterized by its relevance and quality. As such, access to doctorate programs and research initiatives is one of the most indispensable approaches available for the internationalization of HE. This workshop, pre¬sented by top experts from Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Mexico, explored both political and academic perspectives on the importance of creating cross-doctorate and research programs and the benefits that ensue.

  • Sidney Luiz de Matos Mello: Vice President, Universidade Federal Fluminense; Brazil.
  • Nicole Lacasse: Assistant Vice President of International Studies and Activities, Université Laval; Canada.
  • María Teresa Marshall: Executive Director, Consejo de Rectores de Universidades Chilenas; Chile.
  • María Dolores Sánchez Soler: Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies and Scholarships, CONACYT; Mexico.
  • Moderator: Eduardo del Valle, President, Universidad del Nordeste, Argentina

3) Canada-Americas Networking Workshop: How to Use ELAP Scholarships to Your Advantage

Canada’s international scholarships, particularly the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), are increasingly being creatively leveraged by Canadian institutions to meet their specific institutional priorities and interests, as well as those of their partners in the Americas. This session presented presentations by three Canadian institutions, sharing their innovative practices and describing the results obtained in the context of the ELAP.

  • Aline Brault: Senior Manager, Scholarships, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada; Canada.
  • Marc-Antoine Désy: Adviser, International Partnerships and Cooperation, Université Laval; Canada.
  • Jos Nolle: Director of International Development, Niagara College; Canada.

4) Internationalization of First Nations and Indigenous Populations Universities

When discussing internationalization strategies for higher education, it is imperative not to lose sight of the qualities that individual¬ize each region, nation, type of institution, and cultural group. Taking these characteristics into consideration allows us to implement adapted strategies that best fit these specific needs. Such is the case of First Nation and Indigenous population universities. While some general HEI best practice methods fit the bill, certain angles must be approached with innovative, custom-designed solutions. This workshop addressed the specific nature of indigenous higher education through the examples, experiences, and recommendations.

  • Alta Hooker: President, URACCAN and RUIICAY Coordinator; Nicaragua.
  • Vianne Timmons: President, University of Regina; Canada.
  • Moderator: Jeannette Vélez, Councellor, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.

5) Higher Education in Mexico: building the present with the future in mind

Assuming hosting responsibilities for this third edition of the CAIE is a clear reflection of Mexico’s dedication to making international higher education a top priority. This workshop reinforced the primacy of this agenda with a presentation made by three Mexican organizations significantly implicated in this matter.

  • Juan Manuel Alcocer: Academics Secretary, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; Mexico.
  • Thomas Martin Buntru Wenzler: Director of International Programs, Universidad de Monterrey; Mexico.
  • Enrique Fernández Fassnacht: Executive Director, ANUIES; Mexico.
  • Moderator: Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Senator for the Republic of Mexico and President of the Education Commission, Mexico.

6) Diverse Institutional Pathways for Success in Comprehensive Internationalization

Global forces and massive changes in higher education are moving the internationalization of all kinds of higher education institu¬tions from something that is merely desirable to something essential. Comprehensive and more strategic approaches to internation¬alization are the emerging roadmap for meeting these challenges. Yet, because institutions are so different, the actual practices of internationalization will differ from institution to institution even though they share common aspirations. Professor Hudzik described these realities, including how institutions of all kinds can pursue a more robust approach to internationalization that fits their particular institutional ethos and position.

  • John Hudzik: Professor and Former Vice-President of Global Engagement, Michigan State University; United States.
  • Moderator: Marcial Rubio, President, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
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Plenary Interview

The plenary interview highlighted “The role of the internationalization and other vital themes in Higher Education in the Americas“, and took place on October 17. It counted on the participation of five professionals from international higher education and a moderator:

  • Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, President, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, President, CAIE Mexico 2013, Mexico.
  • Sonia Marta Mora, President SINAES, EMULIES Coordinator, Costa Rica.
  • Jamil Salmi, Specialist in International Higher Education, Morocco.
  • Paulo Speller, Secretary of Higher Education, Brazil.
  • Moderator: Francisco Marmolejo, Coordinator for Higher Education, World Bank, USA.
  • Master of Ceremonies: Alicia Cabrero Lobato, President, Asociación Mexicana para la Educación Superior (AMPEI).
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7) Internationalization, Higher Education, and Philanthropic Institutions

Knowledge is a veritable cornerstone for the future development of a cohesive and competitive society. While higher education acts as a driving force behind social progression, it requires a leg-up from public organizations to fulfill the role it has been attributed. As such, philanthropic institutions offer their support to higher education institutions by helping to build an academic culture founded on social responsibility, knowledge, internationalization, and academic-industrial cooperation, which shape the leaders of tomorrow and support societal development. This workshop was presented by two associations, INTTELMEX, and Universia, with proven track records of experience and results in said domain.

  • Arturo Cherbowski: Director, Universia; Mexico.
  • Julio César Dozal: General Coordinator of Academia, in representation of Javier Elguea, President Instituto Tecnológico de TELMEX, Mexico.
  • Moderator: Rolando Guzmán, President, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, INTEC, Dominican Republic.


8) Building Common Spaces for Internationalization in Higher Education: Convergences and Divergences

Building common spaces in higher education in the Americas translates to an array of opportunities that have characterized this second decade of the XXIst century. That being said, in order to benefit from the ultimate “common good”, to be shared by higher education institutions and university associations, the task at hand requires a framework for convergences in order to overcome the current divergences the field faces.

  • José Celso Freire: Director, FAUBAI, General Coordinator, RELARIES; Brazil.
  • Roberto Escalante Semerena: Secretary- General, UDUAL; Mexico.
  • Julio César Theiler: Secretary of International Relations, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Ex-General Coordinator, RELARIES; Argentina.
  • Moderator and speaker: Pedro Henríquez Guajardo, Director, IESALC-UNESCO; Venezuela.


9) How to Partner with U.S. Universities?

While traditionally involved in supporting international student mobility to the U.S., EducationUSA is capitalizing its global expertise to support study abroad programs throughout world regions by building capacity, liaising and supporting local networks and plat­forms to create, develop and maintain successful partnerships and programs. This session, presented by two EducationUSA Regional Educational Advising Coordinators and representatives from the U.S. higher education community introduced collaboration mod­els and best practices to foster academic mobility between U.S. and foreign institutions.

  • Maria Mercedes Salmón: Regional Director for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Mexico.
  • Hazel Blackmore: Executive Director, COMEXUS, Mexico.


10) MOOCs and the Impact on Internationalization and Higher Education

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been heralded as an inexpensive replacement for much of higher education; a way to bring education to the world, an asset to enhance traditional courses, and as a disruptive disaster. Yet creating a MOOC requires a surprising amount of resources, as so many people are involved, both participants and personnel. This workshop explored how they are created, hosting options, policy issues, techniques for overcoming language barriers, how to use MOOCs as a tool to enable inverted classrooms and improve student learning, and how to support instructors developing and running new MOOCs.

  • Paul Gries: Professor of Computer science, University of Toronto; Canada.
  • Moderator: Jennifer HumphriesVice-President, Membership, Public Policy and Communications, CBIE; Canada.


11) Developing Internationalization Competencies in Higher Education: Training Managers in International Education

Designed for directors and advisors in HE international relations, this workshop approaches three aspects of strategic internatio­nalization development: Foundations and implications of internationalization, pillars for internationalization activity planning, and internationalization of curriculums. The workshop offered participants an interactive period, led by three experts from Canada and Mexico, to better understand the importance of training both current leaders and the “take over genera­tion” to effectively manage a strategic internationalization in higher education.

  • Alain Boutet: Executive Director of International Relationships, Dalhousie University; Canada. CV
  • Norma Angélica Juárez Salomo: Director of International Development and Cooperation, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (UAEM); Mexico. CV
  • Maximiliano Sainz: International Relations Advisor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Canada. CV
  • Moderator: Fernando Daniels, Executive Director, COLAM, Colombia.


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Plenary Debate

The plenary debate was scheduled for October 18. With the participation of a moderator and 6 debaters (three for and three against the main topic), the subject “A Transversal and Comprehensive Internationalization in Higher Education” was discussed:

  • Allan Cahoon, President, Royal Roads University, Canada. CV
  • Jocelyne Gacel, Expert in HE Internationalization & Cooperation, Mexico. CV
  • Oscar Garrido, President, Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile. CV
  • Inmaculada Madera Soriano, VP Faculty, Student & Intl Affairs, Universidad APEC, Dominican Republic. CV
  • Pierre Noreau, VP of Programming & Development, AUF, Canada. CV
  • Arturo Somoza, President, CIN, President, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina. CV
  • Moderator: Yoloxóchitl Bustamante Diez, General Director of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN); Mexico. CV
  • Master of Ceremonies: Luis Núñez Gornés, Director of Academic Cooperation, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.


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Closing Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony was held on the last day of the Conference (October 18th), with the purpose of summarizing the activities of the event, describe the main conclusions and future needs, and thank all participants, organizers and institutions that were part of the Conference. The main speeches were given by:

  • Final Report: Julio César Theiler, Secretario de Relaciones Internacionales, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Ex- Coordinador General, RELARIES; Argentina, in collaboration with Mayra Covarubias, Director of Liaisons with Higher Education Organizations, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico. Download the final report: EspanolFrançaisPortuguês
  • Jesús Ancer Rodríguez, President, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, President CAIE Mexico 2013; Mexico.
  • Yoloxóchitl Bustamante Diez, General Director of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN); Mexico.
  • Alicia Cabrero Lobato, President of AMPEI, Director of Academic Cooperation, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
  • Ginette Martin, Acting Consul General of Canada in Monterrey, Canadá.
  • Master of Ceremonies: Luis Núñez Gornés, Director of Academic Cooperation, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico.