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All around the world, universities have been increasingly committed to the societies of which they are part, in such a way that the knowledge they generate and distribute contributes to the solution of the problems and dilemmas of these societies. Given that many of these problems today are global, that is, common to all of humanity, in order to fully accomplish their mission, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) must necessarily be involved in one or several collaborative networks, at local, regional and international levels. In this framework of globalization, common problems and collective wills, universities understood that not only was it necessary to interact with other international institutions, but also that they themselves had to become an international actor in order to better fulfill the mission in each one of their four areas of action: training, research, knowledge transfer, and social commitment. Thus, the internationalization of HEIs is now widely recognized as a cross-cutting process in their four areas, aimed at strengthening and projecting the institution, improving the quality of teaching, increasing and transferring scientific and technological knowledge, and at contributing to cooperation to the development of the community in which the university is inserted.

In this context, CONSENS aims at creating, developing and sustaining a Latin American network of Ministries of Education, regulation agencies, and Universities, both public and private ones, in order to contribute to the internationalization of postgraduate education, by means of the consensus on standards related to substantial variables linked to student-centered learning (learning outcomes, competences and credits) and quality assurance.

We think consensus not only to be applied in the postgraduate programmes provided by the universities that take part in the project but to be also used as a common platform, which will be continuously updated, for all those countries and universities who wish to internationalize their postgraduate programs. Such space will be constantly open to the incorporation of Ministries of Education and Universities from other Latin American countries who wish to contribute to the accomplishment of the objectives of the network.

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