In conditions of scarce human, material and financial resources, how can research be organised and managed in order to generate scientific knowledge and technological solutions of quality, relevance and impact for the well-being and development of peoples and countries, while at the same time enhancing the meaningful learning of students? This online forum was aimed at exchanging visions, experiences, good practices, and proposals for regional, Central American and international collaboration in this field.
It was introduced and moderated by the president of SIRCIP (Central American and Caribbean Regional System of Research and Postgraduate Studies) of CSUCA and then included three interventions, marking different experiences in research management:
- the University of El Salvador UES, highlighting the dynamics of the country and the Central American region, its challenges and needs in terms of capacity building,
- the experience of the MIMIR ANDINO project, an Erasmus+ project coordinated by the Association of Colombian Universities (ASCUN) and OBREAL Global, which has developed a model for university management of research in Andean countries, and
- the experience of a European regional university, the University of Extremadura in Spain, which can provide important lessons for university research and its relevance for regional development.
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) were held on the thematic axes of the IX Central American University Congress organised by CSUCA in 2021 between March and May 2021.