The follow-up meeting of the Regional Conference on Higher Education – CRES +5 will be held from March 13th to 15th, 2024 in Brasilia, federal capital of Brazil. The structure of the event aims to enable plenary discussions on each of the twelve thematic axes, with the aim of ratifying the corresponding reference documents prepared through preparatory public consultations and enabling the approval of the Final Declaration of CRES+5.

The event will be held at the Brasilia International Convention Center.


March 12th, 2024, Tuesday

14:00 to 18:00 Registration
Registration area/Cloakroom CICB 

March 13th, 2024, Wednesday 

07:00 to 20:00 Registration
Registration area/Cloakroom 

08:30 to 09:00 Welcome coffee
Coffee-break area 

09:00 to 12:00 Opening of CRES+5. 
Screening of video on the CRES+5, speeches by authorities. Cultural Presentation (Choro Livre)
Minister of Education, Camilo Santana
Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Izolda Cela
Secretary of Higher Education, Alexandre Brasil
President of Capes, Denise Carvalho
Director of UNESCO IESALC, Francesc Pedró
Director of UNESCO Brazil, Marlova Noleto
President of ENLACES, Oscar Domingues
President of OCLAE, Miguel Ángel Machado Rojas
Representative of OCLAE in Brazil, Amanda Harumy

Auditorium (broadcast on the MEC Channel)

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch 
Free. CICB Restaurant or Outside

13:30 to 15:30
Symposium Thematic Axis 1 – Higher education as part of the education system in Latin America and the Caribbean
Room 1

Coordinator: Axel Didrikson, UNAM, Mexico
Speakers: Estela Miranda (UNC, Argentina); Luiz Fernandes Dourado (ANPAE e FNE, Brazil); Elias de Pádua Monteiro (CONIF, Brazil)

Symposium Thematic Axis 2 – Higher education, cultural diversity and interculturality in Latin America
Room 2

Coordinator: Sandra de Deus (UFRGS, Brazil)
Speakers: José Jorge de Carvalho (Rede Internacional do Encontro de Saberes, Brazil); Valdenice José Raimundo (UNICAP, CRUB, Brazil)

Symposium Thematic Axis 3 – Higher Education, internationalization and integration in Latin America and the Caribbean
Room 3

Coordinator: Nicolas Maillard (UFRGS, Brazil)
Speakers: Alvaro Rico (AUGM, Uruguay); Miguel Ángel Machado Rojas (OCLAE, Cuba); Victor Moriñigo (ENLACES, Argentina)

15:30 to 16:00 Coffee-break
Coffee-break area

16:00 to 18:00 
Symposium Thematic Axis 4 – Role of higher education in the face of social challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean
Room 1

Coordinator: Estela Miranda (UNC, Argentina)
Speakers: Rosa Maria Torres (UPM, Mexico); Karina Batthyány (CLACSO); Vinicius Soares (ANPG, Brazil)

Symposium Thematic Axis 5 – Scientific and technological research and innovation as engines of human, social and economic development for Latin America and the Caribbean
Room 2

Coordinator: René Alberto Ramirez Gallegos (Mexico)
Speakers: Elizabeth Bernal Gamboa (Colombia);  Elibio Leopoldo Rech Filho (ABC, Brazil); Luis Armando González Placencia (ANUIES, Mexico)

Symposium Thematic Axis 6 – Strategic role of higher education in the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean
Room 3

Coordinator: Paulo Andrés Falcón, Argentina
Speakers: Jorge Calzoni (UDUALC, Argentina); Fernanda Sobral (SBPC, Brazil); Manuella Mirella Nunes da Silva (UNE, Brazil)

18:00 to 20:30 Round Table 1 – Day 1 Symposium Coordinators
Auditorium (broadcast on the MEC Channel)

Speakers: Coordinators of Thematic Axes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Axis 1: Axel Didrikson (UNAM, Mexico)
Axis 2: Sandra de Deus (UFRGS, Brazil)
Axis 3: Nicolas Maillard (UFRGS, Brazil)
Axis 4: Estela Miranda (UNC, Argentina)
Axis 5: René Alberto Ramirez Gallegos (Mexico)
Axis 6: Paulo Andrés Falcón (Argentina)

March 14th, 2024, Thursday

07:00 to 13:00 Registration
Registration area/Cloakroom 

08:30 to 09:30 Conference 01
Prof. Nilma Lino Gomes (Faculty of Education, UFMG; former Minister of Women’s Affairs)
Auditorium (broadcast on the MEC Channel)

09:30 to 10:00 Coffee-break
Coffee-break area

10:00 to 12:00 
Symposium Thematic Axis 7 – Decent work and the living conditions of higher education stakeholders
Room 1

Coordinator: Marcelo Di Stefano, Argentina
Speakers: Ana Boff de Godoy (PROIFES, Brazil); Raquel Dias (ANDES); Cristina del Papa (FASUBRA)

Symposium Thematic Axis 8 – The impact of COVID in higher Education
Room 2

Coordinator: Juogreidin Coromoto Cerero Ramones (Venezuela)
Speakers: Socorro Gross (OPAS); Eduarda Cesse (Fiocruz, Brazil); Soraya Smaili (UNIFESP, Brazil)

Symposium Thematic Axis 9 – Inclusion, diversity and the role of women in higher education
Room 3

Speakers: Yamile Sokolovsky (UNLP, CONADU, Argentina); Juliana Cabeza (UNL, Argentina)

12:00 to 13:30 Lunch
Free. CICB Restaurant or Outside  

13:30 to 15:30
Symposium Thematic Axis 10 – Financing and governance in Higher Education
Room 1

Coordinator: Rodrigo Arim (UDELAR, Uruguay)
Speakers: Enrique Mamarella (Argentina); Marcus David (ANDIFES- Brazil); Odilon Máximo de Moraes (ABRUEM- Brazil)

Symposium Thematic Axis 11 – Autonomy of higher education institutions
Room 2

Coordinator: Ana Lúcia Almeida Gazzola (UFMG, Brazil)
Speakers: Maria Beatriz Luce (UFRGS, Brazil); Marcia Abrahão (ANDIFES- Brazil); Carlos Greco (CIN- Argentina)

Symposium Thematic Axis 12.1 and 12.2 – The futures of higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean
Room 3

Coordinator: Amanda Harumy (OCLAE)
Speakers: Oscar Domingues (ENLACES); Dameon Black (Jamaica); Mercedes González Fernández-Larrea (Universidad de la Habana, Cuba); Roberto Escalante (UDUALC)

15:30 to 16:00 Coffee-break
Coffee-break area

16:00 to 18:30 Round Table 2 – Day 2 Symposium Coordinators
Auditorium (broadcast on the MEC Channel)

Speakers: Coordinators of Thematic Axes 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12
Axis 7: Marcelo Di Stefano (Argentina)
Axis 8: Juogreidin Coromoto Cerero Ramones (Venezuela)
Axis 9: Sandra Goulart (UFMG, Brazil)
Axis 10: Rodrigo Arim (UDELAR, Uruguay)
Axis 11: Ana Lúcia Almeida Gazzola (UFMG, Brazil)
Axis 12: Amanda Harumy (OCLAE, Brazil)

March 15th, 2024, Friday

08:30 to 12:00 Completion of texts of the Thematic Axes and the CRES+5 Declaration
(Final work restricted to Consultants)
CAPES Auditorium

09:00 to 12:00 Higher Education Policy Forum
(event proposed by UNESCO IESALC)
CICB Auditorium (broadcast on the MEC Channel)

Panel 1 – Improving quality in higher education and considerations for sustainability / 9:00 am (Brasilia)

  • Viceminister of Higher Education, Paraguay, Federico Mora
  • Subsecretary of Higher Education Institutions, Ecuador, Cecilia Santana
  • Viceministry of Higher Education, Colombia, Alejandro Álvarez Gallego
  • Director of the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation System, Mexico, María José Rhi Sausi Garavito

Panel 2 – Innovative approaches to higher education funding​ and considerations for sustainability / 10:30 am (Brasilia)

  • Subsecretary of Higher Education, Chile, Victor Orellana Calderón
  • Director of Higher Education Policies and Programs, Brazil, Alexandre Brasil Carvalho da Fonsesca
  • Ministry of Higher Education, Cuba,Walter Baluja García
  • Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, Jamaica, Dameon Black

09:00 to 12:00 Side Events
(organized by associations with specific registration and access restricted to guests)
See the side events here.
CAPES room

12:00 to 14:00 Lunch 
Free. CICB Restaurant or Outside

14:00 to 14:40 Conference 02 – University and Society
Prof. José Geraldo de Souza Júnior, Professor at the Faculty of Law and former Rector of UnB
CICB Auditorium (broadcast on the MEC Channel)

14:40 to 15:00 Coffee-break
Coffee-break area

15:00 to 18:00 Closing Plenary
(speeches by authorities, tribute to Prof. Marco Antonio Rodrigues Dias, reading of the Final Declaration with approval by acclamation, cultural presentation – Batalá)

  • Minister of Education, Camilo Santana
  • Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Izolda Cela
  • Secretary of Higher Education, Alexandre Brasil
  • President of Capes, Denise Carvalho
  • Director of UNESCO IESALC, Francesc Pedró
  • President of ENLACES, Oscar Domingues