Universities Consultative Council

The Universities Consultative Council (CCU) is a forum for dialogue and consultation to strengthen and enhance the internationalization of Argentine universities. The Council carries out its duties through the design of proposals for policies and strategies that favour the presence of higher education institutions at an international level.

Created on the initiative of the Argentine Foreign Ministry in December 2012, the Council is comprised of public and private universities through the entities that represent them—the National Inter-University Council (CIN) and the Council of Chancellors of Private Universities (CRUP)—, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, and the Federal Council of International Studies (COFEI).

The Council holds regular meetings every two months at the Foreign Ministry. Special meetings may also be called by more than four of its members. It has the following purposes:

  • To structure actions, efforts, capacities and knowledge to enhance the competencies and skills of Argentine higher education institutions in their relations with foreign countries.
  • To promote discussions on matters relating to the challenges posed by the internationalization of Universities.
  • To generate a space for dialogue and exchange of information between its member academic organizations and Argentina’s officials engaged in the conduct of foreign policy.
  • To foster the development of schemes for cooperation between Argentine and foreign universities with a view to designing exchange programmes for academics and students, conducting joint research, and implementing any other initiatives of mutual interest.

Since its creation, the Council has served as a platform for dialogue and work on issues related to the process of internationalization, establishing linkages that have allowed the development of initiatives to foster the presence of Argentine universities in international forums, and the broadening and improvement of the agendas of missions abroad with a view to reaching agreements with foreign universities.

By way of example, it is worth mentioning the “Student Visa” Application, which is in four languages and was developed in response to the demand for reliable, complete, updated and accessible information necessary for dealing with visa applications filed by foreign students interested in pursuing university courses in Argentina, as well as other initiatives aimed at analyzing the problems and overcoming the obstacles encountered by higher education institutions for them to interact in the international arena.   

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