Ibero-American Union of Universities (UIU)
IBERO-AMERICAN UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (UIU)
The Unión Iberoamericana de Universidades (UIU) is a strategic alliance made up of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina; and the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil, with the aim of being a think tank of high scientific quality, an international reference that will benefit the recognition of its scientists, professors and students, as well as the development of Ibero-American culture in the world.
The purpose of the Ibero-American Union of Universities is to foster collaboration through the mutual exchange of students and professors, the realization of joint research and teaching projects, the development of theses or shared studies for simultaneous degrees or graduation, as well as the organization of seminars, colloquiums, scientific conferences and other cultural manifestations. In addition, they will intervene as Ibero-American Union of Universities in governmental, international or other sponsoring institutions' programs.
In 2016, the Rectors of these institutions signed the framework agreement creating the Union. For its functioning, an Executive Committee has been constituted made up of a representative of each university designated by each rector.
During its first year, three International UIU Schools have been held, with students and professors from the five universities: Communicable Diseases at the University of Buenos Aires (March 2017), Smart Cities at the University of Barcelona (July 2017) and soon Biodiversity at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (October 2017).
As for research work, the call for inter-university research projects has recently been resolved, with an approximate budget of €300,000 and which this year will finance 17 of the 50 proposals submitted.
For more information, new calls for proposals and results, please consult the official website of the Ibero-American Union of Universities: http://www.uiu.unam.mx.