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Pompeu Fabra University joined in 2011 the third and last ALFA program, along with nine other universities (two European and seven Latinamerican). The UPF project was selected, and the European Commission allocated a budget of almost 1 milion Euros to be spent in a 3-year-period.

The partner universities are: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universidad Autónoma Juan Misael Saracho de Bolivia, Universidade da Brasília, Universidade Federal do Pará de Brasil, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de los Andes de Colombia, Universidad Técnica de Ambato de Ecuador y Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

The Universities in this network collaborate to improve quality, pertinence and accessibility of higher education in Latin America in the field of Human Rights, as a tool to tackle with social cohesion. The main objectives are:

  • To foster cooperation between European and Latinamerican universities in the design and implementation of educative programs and new methodologies to teach Human Rights;
  • To create and strengthen the permanence of vulnerable social groups at the higher education level;
  • To extend the access and permanence of vulnerable groups in universities;
  • To transfer the results of the project to public institutions and NGO's that work to foster Human Rights as well as to other Latinamerican Universities, as a means to maximize the impact of this initiative.

The DHES Network will involve three annual meetings. Pompeu Fabra University held the first meeting from February 29 to March 2 in 2012, as a coordinator university. UPF teachers responsible for the direction, coordination and management of the project are Dr. Alejandro Saiz Arnaiz, Jean Monnet Professor of Constitutional Law, Dr. Aida Torres Perez and Diane Fromage, teachers in the area of constitutional law.

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