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Higher Education and Knowledge Generation

Seminar in Hamburg (November 2017)

The Foundation helps create space for dialogue and knowledge management for the construction of the Common Higher Education Area of the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as facilitating participation and contributions from civil society, including the academic sector, to cooperation and bi-regional dialogue.

The Foundation also supports existing or emerging networks of academics and committees of experts to stimulate the analysis of bi-regional relations, highlight the diversity of research projects under way, and link the knowledge generated to the political interest groups of the association.

EU-LAC Common Higher Education Area

Higher Education is a priority area for the Foundation. In addition to monitoring the processes for bi-regional academic cooperation, such as the EU-LAC Academic and Knowledge Summits of recent years, its activities aim to ensure that bi-regional academic dialogue continues to grow.

One of our tasks within this framework has been to identify synergies between the various thematic networks already functioning in both regions, promote the convergence of common processes and convert them into the protagonists of the bi-regional association.

Some of the activities we frequently develop are support for the strengthening of academic networks, the promotion of bi-regional events to develop knowledge, support for collaborative projects between researchers in both regions, and academic studies and publications of matters of interest to our members.

Matrix of objectives, strategies and instruments of EU-LAC Bi-regional Academic Cooperation

Since 2018 we have been working to draw up a matrix that has identified objectives, strategies and instruments leading to the creation of a Common Higher Education Area for the European Union, Latin America and the Caribbean. Consensus was reached on the content of the matrix in meetings held in Hamburg (February 2018), Brussels (June 2018) and Quito (June 2019), with various bi-regional, regional and sub-regional networks.

It is a ‘living document’ and its latest version is available on the Internet and the social networks of the Foundation, with the aim of providing access to the information it contains to any academic from either of the two regions, thus broadening the reach of the work achieved. 

EU-LAC Bi-regional Academic Fora

Another ongoing activity has been monitoring and supporting the arranging of bi-regional forums for dialogue between academic players, such as the academic and knowledge summits. The most recent of these was held in San Salvador, El Salvador and was the 2017 Academic and Knowledge Summit: “Towards the construction of a European, Latin American and Caribbean common space for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation”


Institutional and regulatory foundations for the establishment of the European, Latin American and Caribbean Area for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

Knowledge generation

In accordance with its mandate, the Foundation facilitates the participation of and contributions from civil society (including the academic sector) in bi-regional cooperation and dialogue, and also supports exchange between academics and groups of experts to stimulate the analysis of bi-regional relations, boost inclusive research projects, and link the knowledge generated to the political interest groups of the association.

Activities for knowledge generation are based on agreements drawn up with internationally recognised think tanks, such as IdA (France) or GIGA (Germany), among others, as well as through events proposed by bi-regional players selected in an annual call for proposals.

Annual activity with the Institut des Amériques (IdA)

Once a year, the Foundation Works with is strategic partner Institut des Amériques (IdA) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organise a conference within the context of “Latin America and the Caribbean Week” in France. The conference is devoted to a theme of importance to the EU-Latin America and the Caribbean association and invites distinguished experts from the EU and LAC to present and discuss the results of recent analyses and to participate in the formulation of political recommendations. See information on the most recent conferences:

  • IdA – EU-LAC Foundation Conference 2019: International Conference “Resources, Development and inequalities in rural areas in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe”, 4 and 5 June 2019.
  • International Colloquium IdA- EU-LAC Foundation: Sustainable Cities in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean as a driver of social transformation
  • Conference IdA-EU-LAC Foundation 2017: The Caribbean in the strategic partnership EU-CELAC
  • Conference IDA-EULAC-CERALE 2016: Capitalizing on managerial and cultural ties between Europe and Latin America and Caribbean to promote sustainable development
  • Annual call for proposals for events for co-financing
The Annual Call for Proposals to Co-finance Bi-regional Events for Knowledge Generation

This initiative, set up in 2017, aims to help identify bi-regional events for knowledge generation (seminars, colloquiums, conferences, round-table debates, etc.) where academic experts and/or other interested parties in the EU-LAC regions discuss matters of importance to the bi-regional association and offer co-financing for such events.

Click here to see the winners of the 2018 call

Click here to see the winners of the 2019 call

Biennial activity with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

The EU-LAC Foundation carries out a biennial activity, jointly with the GIGA Institute, with the aim of improving knowledge, exchanging opinions and stimulating debate on matters that are relevant to the EU-LAC Association.

Seminar “Forging bonds with migrants: Challenges for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean” held in September, 2017

Seminar “Youth and Citizenship in the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean”, 24 and 25 September 2019.


Forging bonds with emigrants: challenges for Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean



Emigrant Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean



Why should the European Union have any relevance for Latin America and the Caribbean? 

The Caribbean in the EU-CELAC strategic partnership

Study on economic opportunities and a multi-sectoral seminar organised jointly with the Polish Institute of International Relations (PISM)


Gender and Youth

One of the Foundation’s mandates is to work with agents of civil society and bring them closer to the processes of bi-regional dialogue. Priority has been given to promoting dialogue with various agents identified as relevant in the bi-regional association. The Foundation focuses in particular on dialogue around and concerning the challenges of women and young people in the EU and LAC.

EU-LAC Youth Days

Young people are invited to play an important role in the construction of the bi-regional association. Through the EU-LAC Youth Days, the Foundation works to construct a network interlinking the many existing networks of young people throughout the European Union and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, a flexible and representative structure which can bring a vision of the future to the bi-regional agenda and provide responses to the challenges facing the young people of both regions, principally in matters related to education and employment.

The Youth Days held in recent years were:

EU-LAC Youth Days I: Meeting organised by the EU-LAC Foundation, sponsored by the Government of Ecuador while holding the Pro-Tempore Presidency of CELAC, and with the support of the European Youth Forum, the Latin American and Caribbean Youth Forum and the International Labor Organization (ILO)



EU-LAC Youth Days II: Meeting of organisations promoting voluntary work by young people between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean
Promoting the economic autonomy of women in the EU and LAC

One of the most notable aspects of Chapter 7 of the Action Plan was the work in favour of women, the reduction of inequalities affecting them, especially concerning their access to economic rights, political rights and the elimination of violence. Since 2017, the Foundation has carried out initiatives in cooperation with the EUROsociAL+ Programme, the first being a call to present illustrative experiences on the theme of the inclusion of young women in the labour market, a process that culminated in a successful event of exchanges and debates.

Study on good practice for the incorporation of young woman in the labout market in the EU and LAC

A call was made to present innovative experiences of incorporating young women into the labour market, open to the participation of public organisations and civil society. The results of this call were presented in a study analysing its content and aggregate value, published for the benefit of interested players.

Seminar “From good practice towards innovative policies: the inclusion of young women in the labour market in Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union”

The debate on the conclusions of the study, and the exchange between organisations selected from those which presented their experiences, was held in Mexico City on 12 and 13 September 2017, and a summary of this event can be found at: From good practice towards innovative policies.

To continue raising awareness of the importance of this theme, the study was presented during 2019, in coordination with EUROsociAL, at the Institute of Latin American Studies in Paris on 5 June and at the CIDOB in Barcelona, on 11 July 2019.


Good practices and innovation for the inclusion of young women in the labour market in Latin America, the Caribbean and the European Union


The issue of Gender in relations between the EU and LAC: State of the art and Opportunities for bi-regional cooperation



For the purpose of broadening opportunities for the young people of both regions, two bulletins have been devoted to the theme of youth employment