The Inter-American Award was first presented by CAIE in 2012. Since that moment, it has held a symbolic importance for the Conference, its member organizations, and the inter-American community of Higher Education.


The objective of this prestigious award is to celebrate achievements made by renowned individuals in our region who have proven themselves through their support for Higher Education, their involvement in activities of international cooperation, their contribution to building cultural links among different nations of the hemisphere, and their enhancement of the wellbeing and lifestyles of the people of the Americas.

2015 – Ignacio Ellacuría

Ignacio Ellacuría, philosopher, researcher, professor, and president of UNIVERSIDAD CENTROAMERICANA (UCA)“José Siméon Cañas” from 1979 until his death in 1989. Ellacuría supported higher education and sustained conceptual reflections that are related to the role of the university in improving the welfare and the living conditions of the people of the Americas.

2013 – Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ex-President of Brazil, has remarkably contributed to the enhancement of higher education in his country. During his mandate, the number of universities, higher education institutions, and technical schools had increased in an unprecedented way.

2012 – Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes received the prize of the second edition of the CAIE. This renowned writer fought strongly for justice, solidarity, and the creation of development models that rescue both the history and the cultural roots in our hemisphere.