About the Conference

Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico for CONAHEC’s 12th North American Higher Education Conference!

North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and many common issues to face. With the signing of NAFTA in 1994, our region has become inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.

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Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive and offer students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions.More than a decade after NAFTA was launched, it is increasingly evident that our region cannot isolate itself, but must rather develop stronger and more productive linkages both internally and with other world regions. Higher education has an important role to play in connecting North America with the rest of the world.

Together, we will revitalize the North American higher education collaborative agenda for the new political, economic and educational context in which we live today. We will focus on:

  1. Further improving mechanisms to promote quality assurance and mutual recognition of courses and degrees in North America and beyond
  2. Identifying current challenges and opportunities in North American higher education
  3. Sharing best practices in efforts to internationalize institutions and their curricula, while maintaining and strengthening local institutional connections
  4. Comparing experiences in developing, implementing and promoting student exchange programs in other regions
  5. Fostering a more active participation between institutions, governments and the business sector in international education and collaboration

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

    • Promoting and strengthening North American studies across the continent and beyond
    • Student and faculty mobility
    • Professional mobility and market needs
    • International higher education and local economic development
    • Providing international experience to those unable to leave their home country

Conference highlights will include:

  • Overviews by top-level officials representing higher education, government and business regarding key issues confronting North America
  • Working group sessions
  • Structured networking exercises to meet North American collaborative project partners from key institutions
  • A gala awards ceremony honoring individuals who have contributed to higher education collaboration in North America
  • Joint sessions with the Student Organization of North America (SONA).

The 12th North American Higher Education Conference is organized by the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration. CONAHEC is a tri-national consortium linking higher education institutions in North America.

Our co-conveners are:

CONAHEC is fortunate to benefit from the assistance of the third largest public higher education institution in Mexico. Our host for this exciting event is the

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León


CONAHEC sincerely thanks the following organizations for their generous support of this North American Higher Education Conference.

Educational Institutions/Organizations:
Business Sector:


CONAHEC sincerely thanks its exhibitors for their participation at our conference:

If you would like to find out about how to exhibit at, or sponsor, this event, please visit our exhibitors or sponsors page.

Display of Literature

A publications table will be available for participants to display promotional brochures relevant to the conference. Space is limited. You may send your brochures to yourself at the hotel prior to the conference or bring them with you.