April 22, 2024

University leaders join HACU in Spain visit promoting collaboration

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ staff and educational leaders from universities in the United States were in Spain for an educational tour from April 22-26, 2024. This initiative, organized in collaboration between HACU, the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE), ICEX Spain Export and Investment, and the U.S. Embassy in Spain, seeks to strengthen educational ties between the two countries.

“HACU’s partnership with SEPIE, ICEX Spain Export and Investment, and the U.S. Embassy in Spain offered representatives from HACU-member institutions the opportunity to visit universities in Spain and explore promising international academic partnerships,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “These educational tours strengthen and expand the ties between our two countries, and promote collaboration with higher education institutions abroad that can provide invaluable learning experiences for students and faculty on both sides of the Atlantic.” 

The main objectives of the visit are to raise awareness of various aspects of the Spanish and American higher education systems, good practices to contribute to sustainability, university research projects, and activities for the dissemination of Spanish.

Other topics covered during the trip include:

  • HACU and the U.S. Higher Education System.
  • Overview of Spanish Universities in Sustainability Rankings.
  • The Catalan University System: good practices in inclusion and sustainability.
  • The Spanish University System and Erasmus+ funding opportunities for cooperation with SEPIE.
  • Good practice in University Research Projects.
  • Spanish as a Global Language.

Approximately 15 faculty, staff and administrators from the following HACU-member institutions were part of the academic trip that include visits to the Universities of Barcelona, Castilla-La Mancha and Seville:

  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
  • Queens College CUNY
  • SUNY Oswego
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Tennessee
  • Utah Valley University
  • Viterbo University

To view images from the tour, click here.

HACU Spain educational tour