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On a mild day in Bogotá, the last day of June to be precise, in 1965, a group of students embarked on a trip that would change their lives forever. The Aerocóndor airplane left Colombia, with 39 students on board (5 women and 34 men). For many of these students it was their first time on an airplane as well as their first time outside of their own country. The plane’s final destination was Miami but that would not be the end of the trip.

On April 9th and 10th, our Executive Director, Angélica Natera attended the first Foro de Rectores “Prosperity and education: the challenge of cooperation in the Americas”, an initiative of the 7th Annual Summit of the Americas held in Panama City, Panama. The goal of the event was to examine cooperation challenges with a view to achieving prosperity in the Hemisphere through education. Through keynote speakers and panels, the forum addressed the key areas of academic mobility, technology and innovation and sustainable economic development.  

In March 2014, LASPAU’s IDIA partnered with 22 higher education institutions in Brazil to form the STHEM Consortium to advance teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Humanities, Engineering and Mathematics and increase private sector linkages with higher education in the country. The Consortium was created in partnership with LASPAU with the objective of training professors in innovative teaching methods used in the best universities in the world. Today, just one year later, the Consortium has grown to 33 higher education institutions, both public and private, from six states throughout Brazil.