Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) outlines its challenges for 2030

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Rector of the Universidad de Los Lagos, Óscar Garrido, who presides this international organization, highlights central aspects of the work: inter-Americanness, innovation and inclusion.

With the full attendance of all the vice presidencies: from Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, the Southern Cone, Andean Countries, Mexico and Colombia, grouping 350 universities from all over the continent, the Session of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) was held in Mexico, the first in a face-to-face manner following the pandemic.

The IOHE that is chaired by the rector of the Universidad de Los Lagos, Óscar Garrido, had as its main objective to meet in the city of Guanajuato to approve the strategic plan for the period 2023-2030 whose basic principles are based on 3 fundamental pillars such as: inter-Americanness (integrate North American international cooperation, Central America and South America), innovation and inclusion, a plan that was approved unanimously.

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An accredited public higher education institution that belongs to the Rectors’ Council of Chilean Universities. Created on August 30, 1993, the Universidad de Los Lagos (ULagos) holds an academic tradition that can be traced back to 1964 as a campus of the University of Chile. The Universidad de Los Lagos focuses on education, research and community outreach, annually hosting over 9000 undergraduate, graduate and associate students on its main strategic campuses in Osorno, Puerto Montt, Chiloé and Santiago.

ULagos defines strategies and international programs according to the current institutional policies. Internationalization represents a dynamic and professional component essential to face worldwide trends and challenges, guiding efforts to obtain positive and lasting impacts, to achieve international quality standards and strengthening research, undergraduate and graduate education and social connectivity.

Permanent international cooperation is developed through programs, networks and partnerships, which has allowed ULagos to successfuly connect to the contemporary global trends on higher education, scientific and technological development.

This interaction has helped our institution to respond to our country´s national demands on generating abilities for science, innovation, and Chilean culture.