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Building Higher Education in Latin America together

9-12 SEP 2019




About ‘CAMINO A FIESA 2020’ 


The Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP), together with the Secretary of University Policy of the Argentine Republic (SPU), the National University Council of Argentina (CIN) and the Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo (AUGM) are collaborating to organize a week of discussions (9-12 September, 2019) entitled “CAMINO A FIESA 2020”. Involving the university community in Argentina, Latin America as well as strategic European partners, CAMINO a FIESA 2020 is dedicated to debating and planning the thematic agenda of the FIESA international higher education fair  that will take place in Mar del Plata in 2020.

The CAMINOS project, an Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project involving universities and associations in five Latin American countries and in Europe, has decided to organize its final dissemination event in the framework of the “CAMINO A FIESA 2020” and to extend an invitation to other projects of a similar nature in Latin America. It is considered a unique opportunity to gather E+ projects with similar goals in the field of international cooperation and, together,  contribute to the agenda of the FIESA 2020.

The CAMINOS project promotes the notion that the only way to generate sustainable results and guarantee adequate impact of E+ projects, both at the institutional and the policy level, is to generate synergies, share experiences and results and join forces where possible. Hence, the CAMINOS project is supporting the organizers of the CAMINOS a FIESA 2020 by integrating its final event into the programme, and inviting all Erasmus+ coordinators that wish to participate in the discussions.

The CAMINO a FIESA 2020 will, thus, offer the unique chance to all actors in Argentina, Latin America and Europe that have been collaborating in the framework of different international projects to  share experiences and also contribute to the preparation of the FIESA 2020 conference. 


The objectives of the CAMINO a FIESA 2020, in which the CAMINOS project embeds it’s final event, are

  • To promote the results of/plans for all Erasmus+ projects that are currently dealing with issues related to internationalization, such as recognition of studies, management of international offices and student services, internationalization of the curricula, internationalization of research, recognition, internationalization of research etc.

  • To discuss synergies between such projects, other international initiatives and how their results can be put to common use in the region and in building bridges between Europe and Latin America

  • To discuss the sustainability of the E+ projects results and possible contributions to the future of the E+ programme

  • To discuss the development of the Latin American Higher Education Space (ENLACES)/cooperation in the EU-Latin America policy framework.

  • To promote the outcomes of the CAMINOS project and its implications for both the university management of mobility and the cooperation between Latin American universities and associations when it comes to internationalizing the HE sector

  • To discuss contributions of E+ projects to the FIESA conference 2020.

  • To discuss how FIESA can promote and utilize E+ projects.

  • To contribute to the programme design of the FIESA conference.



‘FIESA’ is the ‘Feria Internacional de Educación Superior Argentina’. It celebrated its first edition in Mendoza in 2018 with the objective to position the Argentinian higher education sector within Latin  America and globally and to help Argentinian universities to develop and deliver upon their internationalization ambitions, for the enhancement of teaching and learning, research and impact on society.


FIESA 2018 had more than 600 participants from over 20 countries, representing universities, civil society, international organizations and policy makers. It offered 20 workshops on topical thematic issues and offered an exhibition space to over 100 exhibitors.


FIESA 2020 is being hosted in Mar del Plata in March 2020 with the objective to engage the international higher education community around the theme of ‘Strategic Values for Higher Education Internationalization’. FIESA 2020 expects to receive more than 1000 participants and 300 exhibitors from institutions, agencies and countries from all over the world and to have around 50 thematic workshops.

How to register

How to register to Camino a Fiesa 2020

How to register & event approach

The ‘CAMINO a FIESA’ event is an open and free activity targeting decision-makers, international organisations, networks, agencies, rectors, vice-rectors, senior staff and senior researchers from the higher education sector in Argentina, Latin America and Europe.


To participate please register here!


CAMINO A FIESA 2020 Event Approach

Camino a Fiesa 2020 will open its activities with a high level discussion panel on the 9th of September aiming at setting the stage for the week and outlining the main objectives of the discussions that will follow on the 10th, 11th and 12th.  In the evening, participants will have the chance to network and start informal conversations during a relaxed cocktail offered by the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. 

On the 10th of September, the event begins with panels that will frame Erasmus projects in the context of Argentinian and Latin American policy goals in the higher education and research sectors. Then, two rounds of plenary sessions will be held where specific Erasmus+ projects will have a space to present the results and impact to date, under the larger theme of ‘the contribution of Erasmus+ to internationalization in Latin America’.

Participants who register will have the opportunity to express their interest to present in these panels. There can be only one presentation per project, which will have to be limited to 5-7 slides and 8 minutes, to allow ample space for all projects to be included.


Then, participants will have the opportunity to participate in thematic break-out groups, where projects will be grouped and discussed according to themes. Each group will be tasked with producing five key conclusions and recommendations for further exploration in the FIESA conference (how that theme should be taken forward, taking into account existing initiatives and E+ projects).


A second round of thematic groups will be held on the morning of 11th, September.


Note that all groups will require mandatory prior inscription available at the registration form.


Each group will have a nominated rapporteur that will report back to the general conference rapporteur.


As an additional venue for promoting Erasmus+ project results, participants are invited to show a poster on their project in a poster session during lunch on the 11th.


The 12th is reserved for specific training workshops that participants may also sign up for in advance at the registration form. They will provide a hands-on approach to project development and to managing international relations offices.


Participants should keep in mind the following during their registration:

  • Interest and willingness to present an E+ project in plenary on the 10th

  • Pre-registration in thematic break-out groups on the 10th and 11th

  • Possibility to participate in a poster session on the 10th

  • Possibility for hand-on training via training workshops on the 12th.

Sign up for in advance via the registration form!



15:00 - 18:00

AUGM Meeting & Organizational Committee of the FIESA 2020


The articulation of the internationalization of higher education and research in the different areas of bi-regional integration: Argentina, Latin America and Europe




Welcome speeches


General presentation of the conference and its objectives. Building synergies between projects and initiatives.

Contributions to the internationalization of universities in Latin America: Erasmus + project panels

Coffee Break

Lunch / Poster session



Main take-aways of the group discussions




Official Dinner



Thematic discussion groups

Group 1: Regional integration in Latin America and academic mobility. Facilitator: Alvaro Maglia, AUGM

Group 2: Internationalization and regional / local development - Facilitator: Teresa Marshall, University of Aysen Chile

Group 3: Strategic internationalization and impact evaluation


Main take-aways of the group discussions / Recommendations for synergies and promoting results




Sustainability of E + and its contribution and impact in the region: new projects and initiatives

Spin-off effects, new projects and next steps in the space ENLACES

Discussion in plenary


Coffee break


Presentation: FIESA 2020 Conference + Discussion of thematic organization (Three working groups)


Presentation of conclusions of the conference: Towards FIESA 2020




Three capacity building workshops will be held with prior registration:

09:00 - 11:30



Arrival of participants to Mar del Plata and pre-registration


Pre-conference activities and organization of the poster session (more information available HERE!)

14:00 - 18:00

Pre- Registration (at registration desk)

16:00 - 17:30

 Discussion workshop: The PILA program and its strategic contribution to regional integration. Cross experiences Europe Latin America.

Chair:  Tobias Wolf, DAAD, Germany


Presentation of the 'Red Austral de Universidades"



Official welcome

Aude Maio-Coliche, Head of Delegation. Delegation of the UE to the Argentine Republic.  

•  Pablo Domenichini, Secretary of University Policy of the Argentine Republic.
• Alfredo Lazzeretti, Rector of the University of Mar del Plata
•Jaime Perczyk, President of the National Interuniversity Council of Argentina (CIN).

• Ramon Torrent, President of OBREAL/OBSGLOBAL, Spain-


The articulation of the internationalization of higher education and research in the different areas of bi-regional integration: Argentina, Latin America and Europe.

Presentation:  LAC-EU cooperation in Research and HE in the framework of EU programs: perspectives for strategic actions and regional integration. 

  • Juliet Tschank,  Zentrum für soziale innovation & EU-LAC Focus Project & Network, Austria.

  • Nicolás Patrici, University of Barcelona -Caminos Project- & EU-LAC Focus Project & Network, Spain

 Comments by

  • Victoria Giussani, Delegation of the UE to the Argentine Republic.

  • Marina Larrea, Secreatiat of Univeristy Policy of the Argentine Republic

  • Alejandra Davidzuik, Secreatariat of Science of the Argentine Republic


Chair: Paulo Speller, Federal University of Mato Grosso , Brasil.


Welcome Cocktail (Universidad de Mar del Plata)


08:30 - 09:30

Registration & Speaker briefing (all speakers and presenters will receive detailed information about their session format, time and objectives)


Opening of the event. General presentation of the conference and its objectives: Building synergies between projects and initiatives


Contributions to the internationalization of universities in Latin America: Erasmus + project panels

Facilitator: Elizabeth Colucci, OBREAL/Global Observatory, Spain (Caminos Project).


Coffee Break


Contributions to the internationalization of universities in Latin America: Erasmus + project panels

Facilitator: Victoria Giussani, Delegation of the UE to the Argentine Republic



Thematic discussion groups

Group 1: Recognition and Quality Assurance - Facilitator: Rafael Llavori, ANECA Spain

Group 2: Scientific and cultural transfer. Facilitator: Lluis Bonet, University of Barcelona, Spain. 

Group 3: Mobiity & Management of international relations offices. Facilitator: Romina Kniaz, University of Bologna, Italy 

Group 4: Internationalization of research. Facilitator: Bernardo Rivera, University of Caldas, Colombia

Group 5: Internationalization of the curriculum Facilitator: Tobias Wolf, DAAD, Germany


Meeting between facilitators and rapporteur / coffee break


Overview of the groups and first conclusions, Marcelo Tobin, CIN.


End of the first day


Official Dinner (Place TBC)



Thematic discussion groups

Group 1: Regional integration in Latin America and academic mobility. Facilitator: Alvaro Maglia, AUGM, Uruguay

Group 2: Internationalization and regional / local development - Facilitator: Teresa Marshall, University of Aysen, Chile

Group 3: Strategic internationalization and evaluation of impact- Facilitator Juan Luis Mérega, University of Quilmes, Argentina


Coffee break


Plenary: Next steps in  "ENLACES": Espacio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Educación Superior- .  Building intra and  inter regional relations.

  •    Álvaro Maglia,  Genera Secretary, AUGM, Uruguay 

  • ​   Carlos Forero,  Executive Director ASCUN, Colombia​

  •    Delfina Veiravé, Vice-president CIN  and Rector of the National University of  North-East, Argentina

  •    Jesús López Macedo,  General Director for Strategic Partnership, ANUIES, Mexico.

  • ​   Rui Operman, Rector Federal University of Rio Grande ​do Sul, Brasil. 

Chair: Targino da Araujo Filho, ANDIFES, Brasil. 


Lunch (The facilitators of the discussion groups will meet with the General Rapporteur)


Final conclusions and messages of 'CAMINO a FIESA 2020' and 

Presentation of FIESA 2020 Conference main themes.

  • Marcelo Tobin, CAMINO A FIESA 2020 general rapporteur.

  • Daniel Antenucci, National University of Mar del Plata and FIESA 2020 coordinator




Networking Coffee



Three capacity building workshops will be held with prior registration (Max 20 participnts per workshop).  Please select one of these options during your registration. To register to the workshops, please click here.

09:00 - 11:30

1.  Mobility management and international relations strategies and structures. Romina Kniaz, University of Bologna

2.  Financial management of international projects. Agustina Calabrese, University of Barcelona

3.  Proposals and projects: construction of partners, European and Latin American thematic priorities.

Elizabeth Colucci, OBREAL & Cliona Maher, University College Cork, Ireland

11:30 - 13:00

AUGM Meeting & Organizational Committee of the FIESA 2020


-Spaces for bilateral meetings (all participants) and  project meetings:

 -CAMINOS discussion of financial issues Meeting of the FIESA organizing committee
-Management meeting - PMT of the CAMINOS project
-Meeting of the RedCIUN Network

About Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is located 404 km south of Buenos Aires city on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Mar del Plata is the second largest city in Buenos Aires Province. It is is one of the major fishing ports and the biggest seaside beach resort in Argentina. The stable population is 650,000 inhabitants which makes Mar del Plata the 7th largest city in Argentina. Beautiful beaches, broad bays, imposing cliffs and lush woods extend along a 47-kilometre coastline. Sierras, undulating fields, groves, lakes, creeks, farms and quarries comprise a colourful landscape throughout the year.

Mar del Plata is also a centre for research, teaching and learning that attracts students from all over Argentina and Latin America. Located at the centre of the public life of Mar del Plata, the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata provides high-quality research based education to more than 26000 students offering 50 graduate programes and 48 master and doctoral programs. Established in 1962, the UNMdP currently includes nine faculties (Architecture, Urbanism and Design, Agricultural Sciences, Economics and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Work, Law, Humanities, Engineering and Psychology) and one school School of Medicine. 

More practical information available here. 


To know more about Mar del Plata please visit the official site of tourism of Mar del Plata 

Arrival in Mar del Plata

The city can be quickly and easily accessed from Buenos Aires city: by plane (50 minutes), by bus (5 hours), by train (6 hours) or by car via a modern motorway (4 to 5 hours). 

By plane

There are also direct flights from Bahia Blanca and Córdoba. For more information, please access this link.  

By bus (from Buenos Aires)

There is a Bus service from the arrival terminal of Ezeiza International airport provided by 'Manuel Tienda León' company. The journey to Mar del Plata takes around 6 hours.

There are several companies operating the route Buenos Aires- Mar del Plata - Buenos Aires (General Urquiza, Chevallier, El Condor, Flecha Bus). Most  services depart from Terminal de Ómnibus Retiro, located at Buenos Aires City Centre. The journey to Mar del Plata takes 5 hours.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Mar del Plata’s sparkling bus terminal is next to the train station, about 2km northwest of the beach. To reach the center, cross Av Luro in front of the terminal and take local bus 511 or 512 heading southeast; taxis to downtown. In general, Taxis DO NOT accept credit cards.

Important! please note that to use the public transport in the city of Buenos Aires and in the city of Mar del Plata, passengers need to purchase in advance a transport card "SUBE". For information regarding the ticket system in the City of Buenos Aires, please check SUBE (in Spanish only). For information regarding the ticket system in the City of Mar del Plata (in Spanish only),  please check SUBE 

General Information for your arrival in Argentina

The official currency of the Argentine Republic is the Peso (ARS$). The exchange rate may vary. Please check  the official exchange rate before arriving to Argentina. USD and EUR are not accepted but credit cards are accepted in shops, hotels, bars and restaurants. Please note that, in general, Taxis DO NOT accept credit cards.

MERCOSUR citizens can enter the Argentine Republic with their official ID. EU passport holders and most of Latin American passport holders do not need a visa to enter the Argentine Republic. US and Canadian passport holders may be asked to pay a reciprocity fee at the airport. We strongly suggest all participants holding a non Argentinean or a non MERCOSUR passport  to check the conditions of your passport to enter the Argentine Republic before arranging your flight. 

The organization of CAMINO a FIESA 2020 is not responsible for the visa, or the corresponding procedures to obatain a visa to enter the Argentine Republic,  of any participant to the conference. The CAMINO A FIESA 2020 organization is neither responsible for any legal issue -visa related or from any other nature- that may arise during the process of entering the Argentine Republic.



*** CAMINOS partners (ONLY) accommodation will be directly arranged by OBREAL-Global Observatory. For more information, please contact

The rest of participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. The University of Mar del Plata has prepared a detailed hotel list, indicating the price ranges.

NH Gran Hotel Provincial***** (Venue) - Special price until August 1st naming 'OBREAL GLOBAL' in the reservation

  • Room Standard interna / USD 90 + taxes

  • Room  Superior Ciudad  / USD 115 + taxes

  • Room  Delux mar / USD 135 + taxes

Suggested hotels

The Venue

NH Gran Hotel Provincial *****


Av. Patricio Peralta Ramos 2502, B7600 Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone number: +54 223 499-5900

Contact us

For general inquiries please contact:

Magui Guarin  (Universidad de Mar del Plata)


Eloi Espósito (OBREAL-Global Observatory)


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