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BELLA-T (Building the European Link to Latin America - Terrestrial)

BELLA-T (Building the European Link to Latin America - Terrestrial)

Starting date: January 15, 2020
Fund: ERASMUS + funded by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission.

LA-CoNGA physics is an ERASMUS + project financed by the Executive Agency of Education, Audiovisual and Culture of the European Commission; The initiative was part of the 2019 Call and its official opening happened on January 15, 2020. LA-CoNGAphysics is an alliance made up of 11 universities in Latin America and in Europe, with the aim of building a virtual platform for learning in Advanced Physics in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

This inter-institutional alliance is focused on:

  • International collaboration
  • Interconnected community
  • Remote presence
  • Social impact
  • Open knowledge

Goals:

The general aim of the LA-CoNGA-Physics project is to lead to a transition from the industrial era - long-term - to an economy based on more sophisticated information to other Latin American institutions of higher education from the Andean region (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) with the support of local and European allies. Also, the main goal is to offer, in the year 2021, an educational program within the Latin American Alliance in Advanced Physics for the mentioned countries.

LA-CoNGA-Physics seeks to:

  • Support the modernization, access to knowledge and internationalization of higher education in the member countries of the project. Also, look for an integration of efforts around the installation and training for the use of an innovative learning platform and open access tools (software, content and data); create a virtual community of research and learning for high energy physics based on the previous experience of CEVALE2VE.
  • Strengthen inter-institutional relations between Europe and Latin America within the virtual community of research and learning.
  • Promote the convergence of the curricular offer in Advanced Physics in institutions of higher education with a close cooperation on academic activities, with an approximation to the UE Bologna model.
  • Develop study plans for online courses within the Alliance.
  • Train technical / academic personnel and students for the mastery of virtual learning skills and collaborative environments in their institutions, as well as new pedagogical resources and methodologies that can be used and transmitted to other fields in higher education institutions. Students of the program will benefit from transverse skills ranging from instrumentation to modern data analysis techniques, as well as the most basic entrepreneurial skills. Primary and secondary students (STEM Talent Pipeline) will be exposed to the most challenging fields of scientific research through city science projects.

Members:

  • Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN, Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS, Bucaramanga, Colombia)
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ, Quito, Ecuador)
  • Universidad de Investigación de Tecnología Experimental Yachay (Yachay Tech, Urcuquí, Ecuador)
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI, Lima, Peru)
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM, Lima, Peru)
  • Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV, Caracas, Venezuela)
  • Universidad Simón Bolívar (USB, Caracas, Venezuela)
  • Université de Paris (París, France)
  • University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse Iii (UPS, Toulouse, France)
  • Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD, Dresden, Germany)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France)
  • CERN (Switzerland)
  • DESY (Germany)
  • ICTP (Trieste, Italy)
  • RedCLARA (Latin America)