The MIMIR Project, which brings together efforts and initiatives from Colombia, Chile, Peru, Sweden, Italy and Spain, was presented in a special event, with the support of the Observatory of European Union-Latin American Relations, OBREAL

The Colombian Association of Universities – ASCUN – shares information on the Andean MIMIR project (Modernization of Institutional Management of Innovation and Research in the Andean Region and Latin America), co-funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union, which commits governmental organizations , associations and universities of Latin American and European countries to work during the next three years in the modernization of the institutional management of innovation and research in the Andean region and Latin America. Some of the planned actions are: the elaboration of a state of the art of the management of the investigation and the innovation of the institutions of superior education and of national entities, the construction of a model of management of investigation and innovation adaptable to the countries and institutions, the dissemination of good practices and the transfer of knowledge between European and Latin American partners.

The presentation ceremony was held in Bogotá with the presence of the principals of the Board of Directors of the Association and more than 140 national and international guests. The Ambassador of the European Union in Colombia, Patricia Llombart, recognized the high score obtained by ASCUN, after a selection process between 874 eligible applications and the valuable management with ministries of education of Latin American countries and European organizations for their participation in the project. For Ambassador LLombart, “the Project unites three elements that make it especially strategic: the commitment to strengthen research and innovation capacities, the academic perspective and international cooperation.”

MIMIR Andino intends to have a structural impact on the research and innovation system of partner countries in South America with different levels of development, addressing national, regional and institutional priorities. For his part, the rector of the University of La Sabana and president of Ascún, Obdulio Velásquez Posada, highlighted the possibilities opened by this project to work inter-institutionally for the benefit of innovation: “It is the first time that an association of universities in Latin America is chosen to lead projects of this scope, an unprecedented achievement in the region that commits the joint effort of partner organizations from different countries with which the European Union shares common values and aspirations. “
Although Chile, one of the partner countries of the project, is the second in Latin America in the number of scientific publications with 96% of its results coming from universities of the CRUCH (Council of Principals of Chilean Universities), there is a great disparity in the quality and production in all fields of research.

In the case of Colombia, modest advances in science, technology and innovation have been made over the last ten years, although investment in I & D grew by 40% and reached 0.23% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), still low compared to other countries in the region: 0.77% in Latin America and 2.3% in OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Countries Development).

Peru, on the other hand, faces a more challenging context. State competencies in science and technology are mainly administered at the national level and the annual budget laws have established restrictions for the administration of public research personnel that make it difficult to attract highly qualified personnel.

In this context, Mimir Andino hopes to respond to the need to better understand the experiences of European universities with research standards, results and management systems, and deepen relationships with neighboring universities, as stated by Elizabeth Colucci, representative of the Observatory of the European Union-Latin American Relations, OBREAL: “The strengthening of these networks are precisely those that lay the foundations for cooperation in higher education with the rest of the world and those that build the international academic fabric between the European Union and its external partners “.