Central American higher education has generally been overburdened, and too focused on content and the use of traditional teaching methods. It has failed to pay due attention to the key competences that people need to be successful as citizens, professionals and decision-makers in the 21st century.
It is argued that society and the world of work are changing rapidly and profoundly and that the education offered in the region has to change in the same way. Quality assurance and accreditation of higher education can be an instrument for change, inspiring and supporting innovation in teaching-learning processes in the spirit of continuous improvement; Or, it can be a bureaucratic burden and a further obstacle for universities.
What would be the key to achieve the former and avoid the latter?
What international lessons can be drawn from different parts of the world?
This virtual forum followed up on the HICA and CAN INNOVATE projects (a proposal by CSUCA and OBREAL Global for the E+ programme to develop learning innovation centres in CSUCA member universities). It aimed to exchange views on innovation in learning from different perspectives (from universities, national systems, quality agencies... from Central America and Europe) and explore opportunities for regional and international collaboration in this field.
In the framework of the strategic agreements between the EU-LAC Foundation and OBREAL Global, with the aim of promoting bi-regional relations, a series of virtual forums (webinars) are held on the thematic axes of the IX Central American University Congress organised by CSUCA in 2021 between March and May 2021.