On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the cycle of “I2Latam-Mimir Andino Dialogues: Trends and good practices in the management of research and innovation in Europe and Latin America” began, with the session: “Alliances for the promotion of R + D + i ”, in which more than 190 people from 11 countries participated.
The rector of the University of La Sabana and President of ASCUN, Obdulio Velásquez Posada, opened the event highlighting the opportunity and convenience of international cooperation programs, highlighting collaborative work as a tool to build a common vision of universities as actors in the science, technology and innovation for the development of the Latin American community.
Subsequently, Alejandra González, Head of International Cooperation and Visibility at the University of La Sabana, highlighted the importance of the Erasmus + program of the European Commission and the I2Latam project, a project that will develop a mapping of institutional capacities and opportunities in the environment and will focus on the strengthening of spaces for interaction with different national and regional actors.
Subsequently, Luisa Fernanda Villamizar, Coordinator of International Relations of the Colombian Association of Universities and coordinator of the Mimir Andino project, highlighted that one of its main strengths is that, in addition to involving higher education institutions, the consortium also has the participation of associations; science, technology and innovation agencies; quality agencies; ministries of education and councils of rectors; which come together to strengthen the management of research and innovation.
The second part of the session was led by Dr. Guillermo Alfonso Parra, Vice-Rector for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Antonio Nariño University (UAN), who spoke about how valuable the collaboration network is in R & D & I as key in the generation of value and knowledge transfer.
Finally, Sofía Wong, Director of International Cooperation and Networks at UDEP, closed the session by discussing the work between Internationalization Networks in Latin America, which was created with the purpose of proposing proposals that allow internationalization to continue to be present.
Among the advantages and challenges highlighted by the panelists of the international collaboration in consortium or in networks, they spoke of the opportunity that arose from the current crisis, highlighting the first time that it is possible to coordinate the implementation of actions thanks to technology and work at home; Likewise, they assured that these collaboration spaces allow them to take inputs from European institutions and also find out what Latin American HEIs can offer to the rest of the world.
They also highlighted that, to guarantee the continuity of the projects, it is crucial to continue replicating what has been learned, maintaining innovation in initiatives and actions, in addition to sustaining leadership from a collaboration network and a commitment from other institutions and those that are want to incorporate.