Program
Location

Washington, DC
United States

The Use of Networks in Higher Education

The 2019 Latin America Forum focused on how Latin America and the Caribbean continue to provide diverse opportunities for strategic and institutional engagement. Higher education leaders from throughout the region provided insights on developing effective and sustainable partnerships through collaborative networks.

Why does Latin America and the Caribbean matter? Why is it important to collaborate with this multidimensional region? Did you know that by 2050 Spanish will be the second most spoken language in the world? These were some of the questions posed by keynote speaker and NAFSA Senior Fellow, Francisco Marmolejo, to the over 200 participants attending the Forum. The demand for international education will continue to increase as the middle class continues to grow. While Latin America is full of opportunities, its major challenge continues to be inequality. From a social and economic development perspective, the promotion and expansion of a more inclusive higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean is vital.

The 2019 Latin America Forum also included a higher education panel discussion, where speakers shared their experiences working with networks and different models of collaboration in Latin America. In Peru for example, national-level reforms and partnerships with international organizations have strengthened the internationalization of higher education not only in its capital city Lima, but also in other parts of the country. Peru has also benefited from regional platforms such as the Pacific Alliance, which is creating opportunities for capacity building in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. In Argentina, both national and regional networks are promoting international student mobility and building bridges with the United States and Europe.

Participants also had a unique networking opportunity during the country/region-specific breakout tables. Regardless of the type of collaboration, speakers emphasized that building trust and intercultural understanding are key to creating successful partnerships and efficient networks throughout the hemisphere.

To continue the conversation from the Forum, we encourage you to join the Latin America and Caribbean SIG, a member interest group created to raise the visibility and coverage of the Latin American and Caribbean area, and to promote and support international educational flows between Latin America and the rest of the world.

Agenda
May 27, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
Marcela Wolff-Lopez, Director, Business Development-Latin America, ICEF
1:35 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Sponsor Address
Lisa C. Breglia, Associate Professor and Director of the Global Affairs Program and Global Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University
1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Keynote
Francisco Marmolejo, NAFSA Senior Fellow; Lead Tertiary Education Specialist - The World Bank Group
2:25 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Higher Education Panel
  • Marcos Avilez, Director, International Relations Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
  • Martin Furlong, Director of International Programs and Professor of International Business, Universidad de Belgrano
  • Sofia Wong, Director of International Cooperation, Universidad de Piura
  • Maria de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, Vice President for Hemispheric and Global Affairs, University of Miami (moderator)
3:25 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Institutional Engagement: Best Practices by Country and Region

Marcela Wolff-Lopez

marcela wolff
ICEF
Marcela has served as the director, business development – Latin America at ICEF since September 2018. Her key goal is to build institutional capacity among educators in that region to increase their participation in the global student market. Between 2008 and 2018, Wolff was the head of...

Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo
The World Bank Group
NAFSA Senior Fellow
Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s global lead of tertiary education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the lead education specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education (also known as higher education in several...

Marcos Avilez

Marco Avilez 100x140
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
Marcos Avilez has been director of international relations at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, PUCV, Chile since 2008. This position entails the management of a complex international network of various initiatives, including but not limited to student mobility and international...

Martin Furlong

Martin Furlong
Universidad de Belgrano
Martin Furlong is director of international programs at Universidad de Belgrano (UB), Argentina. In this capacity he has led a comprehensive internationalization process by managing different networks of academic programs that offer students the opportunity to improve their proficiency in foreign...

Sofia Wong

Sofia Wong
Universidad de Piura (Peru)
Sofia Wong is the director of cooperation and international networks at the Universidad de Piura. She is also the coordinator of the Peruvian Network for the Internationalization of Higher Education. In 2013, she was the director general of international relations and cooperation of the National...

Maria de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, PhD

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad
University of Miami
María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad is world-renowned economist who has held positions in academia, business and government, including serving as Mexico’s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union. As vice president for hemispheric and global affairs at UM...