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El Gate

  • BackgroundDemo

The European Commission established the programme ALFA III aimed at enhancing higher education in Latin America through cooperation between European Union (EU) and Latina America (LA). It contributes to economic and social development of the region by improving the learning conditions of skilled human resources.

One of the programme's components supports joint projects to be carried out by networks of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in Latin America and in European Union. Each joint project should allow the exchange of experiences among the HEIs involved, and the transfer and implementation of those experiences to the Latin American partners.

Through the GUIDE Association and some target projects carried out by For.Com. Interuniversity Consortium (e.g. VELA project funded by the Italian Minister for Education, University and Research), the Italian open-university "Guglielmo Marconi" has developed relationship with several LA Universities. ALFA III is a chance to strengthen and build on that relationship, with the aim to promote a mutual development. In this framework, University "Guglielmo Marconi" is managing the "EL Gate" project.

  • The project

Universities could play a key role in the knowledge-based economy and society since they are situated at the crossroads of research, education and innovation. Alongside of their mission to produce and transmit knowledge through research and teaching activities, Universities are called to open up more to industry, to lifelong learning and labour market needs, as to regional development strategies, in order to contribute to economic competitiveness and social cohesion.

In that framework, some European Universities are experiencing new models of integration in local systems and cooperation at a global level, acting as a gate between local and international dimensions, linking local actors to the knowledge produced by the world community of teachers and researchers.

The implementation of those models requires developing new functions in University structures and incorporating representatives of the non-academic world within universities' management and governance structures.

The project aims to develop and to strengthen the capacity building of international department in LA universities trough the transfer of models experienced by some European universities in recent years. International departments are meant as the infrastructure to allow university cooperation.

The Project will be implemented through four main steps:

ü COOPERATION MODEL AND SKILLS - Analysis and codification of models developed by some European universities to raise their levels of cooperation, and elaboration of a model transferable to Latin American universities; recognition of key competences and skills to manage international department according to the model identified, and setting up of a curriculum for International Department's Manager;

ü INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT (ID) MANAGEMENT COURSE - design of an e-learning course (learning objects and e-learning platform) addressed to international department management;

ü LA UNIVERSITY EMPOWERMENT - delivery of the e-learning to LA non-partner Universities;

ü EU-LA NETWORKING - design and implementation of a community of practices for ID's staff who attended at the course and open to ID's staff of others Universities and organisation of study visits among Universities.

The follow-up activities will be carried out by partners after the end of the funding period through the maintenance of community of practices. The project will also acts as a platform for further activities as on-line refresher course for non-partner universities which benefited project's results.

  • Funding

The EL-Gate project is partially funded by the European Union in the framework of the ALFA III programme.

Call for proposals: EUROPEAID/126-821/C/ACT/RAL

Component: I - Joint projects

Project duration: 30 months


Università degli Studi "Guglielmo Marconi" - Telematica - Italy.
Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - Brasil.
Universidade Aberta - Portugal.
Universidad del Salvador - Argentina.
Fundacion Uvirtual - Bolivia.
UNED - Costa Rica.

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Objective of the Project

The objective of the project is to help develop and strenghten the offices for International Cooperation thru the transfer and adaptation to Latin-American Universities of some of the models adopted with success in European Universities.