The first photograph of the collage was taken during one of the sessions of the event. In the second, Teresa Carballeira is accompanied by Mariano Jabonero, the secretary general of the OEI, and Natalia Armijos, director General for Culture of the same organisation. Below is a group photograph of those attending the event.

This meeting sought to foster an academic integration agreement to strengthen the strategic alliance between the European Union and Latin America. 

The executive secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, represented the network last week at the V Latin America and the Caribbean-European Union (LAC-EU) Academic Summit. The University of Alcala and the EU-LAC Permanent Academic Forum organised this event, which was hosted in the Rectorate of the Madrid higher education institution from 6 to 8 July 2023.

The summit, part of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, brought together representatives of local and governmental authorities, EU institutions, university associations, the Organisation of Ibero-American States (OEI) and the EU-LAC Foundation.

During the meeting, the participants made progress in the development of an academic integration agreement, as an “institutional framework for the creation of a Common Area of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation”, according to a news item published by the University of Alcala. Moreover, they point out that more than two thousand professors and university authorities have been working on it for ten years. In their work they had as references “the European experience of Bologna, the Erasmus programme, the European Higher Education Area, and the network of university cooperation that has been configured between the two regions”, as detailed in the same article. Their proposal will be presented to the heads of state and government at the CELAC-EU Summit, which will take place from 17 to 18 July in the Belgian city of Brussels.