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New partnership to research enhancements for HE leadership in Mexico

30 Apr 2020 | Advance HE Advance HE and the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake a joint research project, ‘Insights into HE Leadership Skills in Mexico’.

IOHE’s Institute of Management and University Leadership (IGLU) plans to conduct a review of higher education leadership requirements, capabilities and development activities across the Americas. The project will help guide changes to the IGLU curriculum to ensure it meets the newest standards and needs of higher education across the region. Advance HE has agreed to assist with a joint pilot study on leadership in Mexico’s higher education sector.

The project is also supported by the Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie (MRIF) in Quebec, Canada, who are funding a researcher from the Université de Montréal, to assist the project. The Mexican National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES) and the Universidad Veracruzana are also supporting the Mexican pilot. Initial focus group discussions have taken place in Mexico and the findings used to inform the development of a survey tool by Advance HE for wider research across the Mexican sector.

Leticia Jiménez, Executive Director, IGLU, said, "This encounter marks the beginning of a great project aiming at rethinking the way in which higher education has traditionally been managed in Mexico, with great potential for further implementation in other Latin American countries with members of IOHE."

"This project is possible thanks to the valuable support of key governmental and institutional stakeholders, including the Government of Quebec (Canada) and the Mexican National Associations of Universities and Higher Education Institutions (ANUIES), committed to ensuring the advancement of higher education in the Americas. Furthermore, we count on Advance HE’s wonderful methodological support, allowing for more innovative, enriching international perspectives."

The findings from the report will be published in Spanish and English and it’s anticipated that – should a regular cycle of location-based international conferences re-commence – they will be presented at the Conference of the Americas on International Education’ (CAIE) in Santiago de Chile in 2021. IOHE and Advance HE also plan to share the insights and learning with their respective members through webinars in the future.

Becky Smith, Assistant Director, International at Advance HE, said, “We are delighted to be partners in this project. Our objective is to promote good practice in higher education wherever that is, and to share and learn from findings and insights through our networks. Clearly, our expertise in higher education leadership, coupled with our research capability in higher education will be important components of this project. We are very excited to be involved and I hope it will be the start of a long and enriching partnership.”

Inter-American Organization for Higher Education IOHE’s ‘Institute of Management and University Leadership’ (IGLU) training programme is designed to support the members of the IOHE in the training and development of presidents, vice-presidents and managers through high-level courses and seminars. Since its creation in 1983, thousands of university decision-makers have participated in IGLU training courses across their regional centres.

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