Los Lagos University Center participates in Profic (Professional development in intercultural competence in higher education institutions), a project financed by the Erasmus + program, whose objective is to promote intercultural competences through professional development and pedagogical tests in Educational Institutions. Superior in Latin America, which will improve the quality of education in diverse cultural environments. To learn about the guidelines with which this program will operate, as well as to present the intercultural actions that are carried out in our center, doctor Rebeca García Corzo, Academic Secretary, and teacher Alma Rangel García, coordinator of Internationalization, attended the first work meeting, which took place on February 1 and 2 at the University of Deusto, in Bilbao, Spain.
In the recognition dynamic, each participating university announced the initiatives with which they promote competitions of this nature among their community. CULagos proudly stood out by representing the UdeG, since we carry out activities aimed at students, teachers and administrative staff. Our authorities shared, among the internationalization functions that we carry out: the Internationalization Seminar, the International Summer University, the mobility forums for students and professors, the talks with incoming mobility students, to name a few. This was recognized, both for the variety of activities and for the breadth of the public to which they are directed.
The next phase of this project will consist of conducting interviews and applying studies by European universities to find out the specific needs of Latin American higher education institutions, which will make it possible to find out how they perceive themselves and take into account which are the specific needs of each institution. Representatives of the Universita degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi will attend the Centro Universitario de los Lagos between the end of May and the beginning of June. Among the proposals to be implemented have been the teaching of workshops and the creation of platforms to carry out diplomas and courses aimed at all university students, these tools will be designed mainly for online work.
This project is coordinated by Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland) and the following institutions participate as partners: University of Deusto (Spain); Universita degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi (Italy); Technological University of Salvador, University of Don Bosco (El Salvador); National University of Córdoba, National University of Lanús, National University of La Plata (Argentina); Veracruzana University, Union of Latin American and Caribbean Universities UDUAL and University of Guadalajara, through CULagos (Mexico). The Profic will be developed over the next three years, and will mean a great opportunity to consolidate ourselves as a center that trains citizens prepared for understanding and effective interaction with people from different cultures.