As part of the Ibero-American Seminar of Quality Practices in Internationalisation taking place on December 8th and 9th 2020, the organising committee has chosen the HUBLAyCTIP as one of the best practices in the category for “Research and Collaborative Innovation Projects”. Ana Capilla Casco, Coordinator of Higher Education, Technical and Professional Education of the Organisation of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture OEI stated: “Amongst 83 entries, the HUB has obtained one of the highest scores in its category”. The call sought to identify new practices of quality in internationalisation designed and implemented by Ibero-American higher education institutions in the past three years. The objective is to make these practices visible, foster exchange and south-south cooperation, to progress on the shared strategy Universidad Iberoamericana 2030 aimed at making the higher education system of the region more comparable and compatible.
The HUBLAyCTIP brings together universities, public and private research institutes and science and technology organisations from the region, including the Colombian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to strengthen their capabilities for research, learning and evaluating public policies in this domain. The HUB is supported by the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium TIPC and led by the University of Sussex http://tipconsortium.net/.
A unique feature of the HUB is the diverse nature of its members, conceived as a community of practice. Its experimental methodology fosters interdisciplinarity and co-production of knowledge through research and innovation projects proposed by its members involving more than 60 researchers. Its open-access resources combine webinars, mailing lists and training that seek to reach out to a broader community and STI policymakers and practitioners to influence how Science, Technology and Innovation policy for sustainability is designed and implemented. By being part of TIPC, it provides a permanent source of exchange between researchers and worldwide organisations at the knowledge frontier in the search for alternative pathways for sustainable development. Finally, a concise and balanced work-agenda allows the accomplishment of short-term objectives and the sustainability of this endeavour in the mid and long term.
The HUBLAyCTIP case will be represented during the Seminar on the 9th and 10th December by Salim Chalela, Vice-Chancellor of Research of Universidad Autonóma Latinoamericana – Unaula in Colombia, coordinator of the HUB.