The first picture in the collage shows the speakers at the round table “Why is the EU important for LAC and LAC for the EU?”. The second picture shows Marek Kręglewski, the CGU President, among the attendees of the event. The third one shows María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, the CGU Executive Secretary, with Edward Roekaert, the Rector of the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. In the fourth one, there is an overview of the Cidade da Cultura hall hosting the conference.

The Cidade da Cultura welcomes representatives of higher education institutions from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe to this event, whose programme of activities will take place between today and tomorrow. 

The President of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU), Marek Kręglewski, and the Executive Secretary of the network, María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, attended today the first day of the II Academic and Knowledge Summit of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean (UE-CELAC). The two-day event will bring together representatives of higher education institutions from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Civil society actors and institutional and political authorities are also expected to be present.

The Cidade da Cultura hosts this summit organised by the three Galician public universities, the Xunta de Galicia, the Secretaría General Iberoamericana, the Consejo Universitario UE-CELAC and the Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano. Moreover, the following institutions make up the organising committee of the sessions: the Universidad del Salvador, the Unión de Universidades de América Latina y el Caribe, the Asociación de Universidades Grupo Montevideo, the Executive Committee of the Espacio Latinoamericano y Caribeño de Educación Superior, the European University Association, the EU-LAC Foundation, the Universidades del Caribe, the Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas, and the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities.

The event seeks to promote the construction of a common Euro-Latin American and Caribbean space for higher education, science, technology and innovation. To build it through the generation of knowledge, the design of common lines of action, the establishment of alliances and stable promotion capacities, integration and bi-regional strategic cooperation. Contribute to the development of the UE-CELAC Action Plan agreed by the Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Brussels in 2015.