Erasmus+ and MSCA building bridges with Latin America and the Caribbean

DG EAC co-organised the celebration of the first EU-Latin American and Caribbean Knowledge Week in San Salvador from the 2nd to the 6th October with more than 700 participants from both regions, including national authorities, representatives from universities, regional associations of universities and students.

EU events to support academic cooperation included an Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 information event and a seminar on recognition of study periods abroad for 150 participants. The seminar included panels of experts on recognition from European and Latin American associations of universities (i.e. EUA, ASCUN and CSUCA) and participants had the opportunity to learn about Egracons and Erasmus Without Papers, which are innovative Erasmus+ projects regarding recognition. There was good ground for discussion and participants exchanged ideas with the project coordinators on how to exploit their findings in Latin America.

The highlight of these two days was the dinner to celebrate the Erasmus+ 30th anniversary which started with a speech from the Head of Delegation and culminated with testimonials of participants in Erasmus+ and its predecessors. A higher education alumnus explained how studying a Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Madrid and Lund had helped him to become an advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank and two Capacity Building in Youth participants presented their project in which they train more than 800 youngsters to combat violence against women in El Salvador. 

This week was also an opportunity to organise a cluster meeting among all the Salvadorian universities involved in capacity building projects in higher education. As coordinator of a newly selected project, the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador hosted this meeting with more than 30 participants. There was a fruitful exchange of practice and perspectives about their participation in Erasmus+ capacity building.

The VI Senior Official Meeting on Science of Technology provided a policy forum to present the contribution of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Erasmus+ mobility and capacity building projects to the EU-CELAC Common Research Area.

Erasmus+ and the MSCA were at the heart of the Academic and Knowledge Summit, a congress of universities of more than 500 participants from both regions that took place in Universidad de El Salvador. The Summit concluded with a Declaration calling for further integration and academic and scientific cooperation between the EU-Latin American and the Caribbean and asking Heads of State and Government to build upon Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 structural projects to improve academic policies.

Visit the website of EAC events to download all presentations and start preparing your Erasmus+ project; the new call for proposals is already published!