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Guadalajara 2004 CONAHEC’s 9th North American Higher Education Conference  
 March 17-20, 2004 Guadalajara, MexicoConsortium on North American Higher Education Collaboration  



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9th North American Higher Education Conference
March 17-20, 2004
Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEXICO

“Discovering North American Potential:
Higher Education Charts a New Course”

Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 9th North American Higher Education Conference!

Canada, Mexico and the United States share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our countries have become inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional prosperity and the prosperity of our individual communities depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students. Government and education leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must take a more aggressive role in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise.

Together, we will make concrete plans to revitalize the collaborative agenda in North American higher education. We will review the 2002 Calgary Recommendations for the second decade of higher education collaboration, and develop strategies to implement them. We will focus on developing:

  1. Mechanisms to promote quality assurance and mutual recognition of courses and degrees
  2. Mechanisms to promote the certification of skills in the professional and technical fields
  3. A North American Higher Education Trilateral Commission

Concurrent sessions will showcase strategies and best practices in areas such as:

  • Mechanisms to ease immigration difficulties for students within North America
  • Promoting and strengthening North American studies across the continent
  • Student and faculty mobility
  • Professional mobility and market needs
  • Higher education and economic development
  • Giving an international experience to those who can’t leave their home country

Conference highlights will include:

  • Overviews by top-level officials representing higher education, government and business of key issues confronting North America in the next decade
  • Working group sessions
  • Structured networking exercises to meet partners for collaborative projects with key institutional representatives from Mexico, the U.S. and Canada
  • A gala awards dinner honoring individuals who have contributed to higher education collaboration in North America
  • Joint sessions with the Student Organization of North America (SONA).

The 9th North American Higher Education Conference is organized by the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration. CONAHEC is a trinational consortium linking higher education institutions in North America.

CONAHEC sincerely thanks The Ford Foundation for its generous support of this North American Higher Education Conference.

We would also like to thank the following government agencies and organizations for their financial support for our conference:

CONAHEC is fortunate to benefit from the assistance of several of the fine institutions located in Guadalajara. Our host institution is the Universidad de Guadalajara, and our co-hosts include: Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara; Universidad del Valle de Atemajac; ITESM-Campus Guadalajara; and, Universidad Tecnológica de Jalisco.

Our co-conveners are:

ANUIES Meeting

CONAHEC is pleased to hold its meeting in conjunction with the ANUIES meeting for Mexico’s Directors of International Education. The ANUIES meeting will be held at the Fiesta American on Wednesday, March 17th. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for Canadian and U.S. directors of international education to meet your Mexican counterparts who are eager to arrange new partnerships with your institution.

Display of Literature

A publications table will be available for participants to display a reasonable number of promotional brochures relevant to the conference. Space is limited. You may send your brochures to yourself at the hotel prior to the conference.