GKA INNO 2021 VIRTUAL | MARCH 24-27, 2021

1st International Conference on Innovation and Education for Development in collaboration with UNIMINUTO

Highlighted Theme
Scientific Coordination
Conference Program
Conference Proceedings
Virtual Platform

Highlighted Theme

The internationalization of education as an engine for development

Internationalization has a marked impact on higher education institutions, shaping their teaching, research and extension functions. Hence, in addition to boosting the visibility of universities, all actions to promote global projects and strengthen intercultural competencies lead to benefits in quality, innovation, academic management and knowledge transfer.

In an increasingly digital world, educational institutions adopt and adapt emerging technologies to advance processes inherent to internationalization, so that they may develop without the need to move abroad. Notably, alliances between universities promote and facilitate exchanges and sharing, which spotlights the joint work and positioning of these institutions.

The push for internationalization can be seen in a variety of aspects such as academic mobility, participation in networks, global syllabi, joint research and collaborative online learning projects, in which teachers and students connect, fostering the improvement of education quality standards.


The present edition of the conference calls to participate with work related to the importance and benefits of internationalization. How do networks contribute to knowledge management? What research projects offer solutions to common problems? How do digital and intercultural competencies improve through the development of collaborative online projects? What are the learning goals of global educational programmes? What internationalization goals are promoted within educational institutions? These questions will be explored in addition to the regular themes of the conference.

Other conference themes

  • Academic mobility.
  • Internationalization of research.
  • International cooperation.
  • Internationalization of the curriculum.
  • Global educational innovation.
  • Educational inclusion.
  • Internationalization of social projection.

Scientific Coordination

The Minuto de Dios University Corporation – UNIMINUTO – is an institution of higher education, founded by the El Minuto de Dios Corporation, the Minuto de Dios Charismatic Center, and the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudist parents), which assumes the principles and objectives established for Higher Education in Colombia. It began its academic activities in 1992. It is characterized by being an inclusive and sustainable institution with great coverage and easy access, use of technologies, and promotion of social innovation initiatives and cooperation for development. UNIMINUTO offers more than 100 academic programs at different levels ranging from technical to graduate. In 28 years of work, UNIMINUTO has experienced exponential growth in its enrollment from 221 to 110,000 students today.

Scientific Director

Marisol Cipagauta

Prof. Marisol Esperanza Cipagauta Moyano, PhD – UNIMINUTO (Colombia)

Post-doctorate in Curriculum, Pedagogical Innovation, and Training from CENID, Mexico. Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University, USA. Master in Administration of Educational Institutions from TEC de Monterrey, Mexico. Social communicator-journalist of UNIMINUTO, Colombia. Member of the managing committee of the Colombia 10-year education plan 2016-2026. Director of Chief E, an educational program available on YouTube. Associate Professor and leader of the ICT project applied to the learning environments of the Master’s degree in Education at UNIMINUTO. Teacher and director of doctoral theses in foreign universities. Lecturer, speaker, and workshop leader in various countries in Latin America and Europe. Author of books, book chapters, and articles in indexed international journals. Permanent member of the scientific committee of Global Knowledge Academics based in Spain. Evaluator of research projects and contributions to academic events and national and international scientific journals. She has held positions such as director of postgraduate courses, director of innovation and communication, director of educational design, and deputy director of pedagogy. Award for the best scientific essay granted by GKA 2017. Best researcher and UNIMINUTO people in 2014. ‘Best teacher’ evaluated by her students in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Excellent participant of, the Center for Studies and Research for Teacher Development 2020. She is currently the director of the Center of excellence of teaching of UNIMINUTO, Colombia.

Committee members

  • Diana Paola Caro Fonseca, UNIMINUTO (Colombia)
  • Lucy Thamara Useche Cogollo, Vicerrectoría Regional Santanderes (Colombia)
  • Luz Edilma Rojas Guerra, UNIMINUTO (Colombia)
  • Carlos Alberto Hueza, UNIMINUTO (Colombia)
  • Edison Ricardo Blanco Ortega, UNIMINUTO (Colombia)
  • Adriana Quimbayo Feria, UNIMINUTO (Colombia)
  • Juan Carlos Mendoza Mendoza, UNIMINUTO (Colombia)


Patricia Pol

Prof. Patricia Pol, PhD – Université Paris-Est Créteil – UPEC (France)

Revisando el proceso de internacionalización de la educación superior para un desarrollo pluralista, prudente y solidario

Patricia Pol has worked in the private sector of multinational companies before entering the world of education and research in the late 1980s. Obtaining her doctorate in management science (1996) and becoming Vice-rector of her university in 2000. Her teaching and research are focused on different fields of the internationalization of organizations (companies and universities), geopolitics, and human behavior towards work. Over the last 25 years, she has coordinated several international and European projects in various fields and has contributed to strategic issues at her university.The Université Paris 12 (2000-2008), the research and higher education pole, the Université Paris-Est ( 2008-2011) the French Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (AERES, 2011-2013) and the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, where it has set up a new Division dedicated to the internationalization of higher education and research in 2014. She was the vice-president of the Bologna Process Monitoring Group between 2015 and 2017. She has been a member of the board of the International Association of Universities (AIU) from 2008 to 2016 and strongly involved in the development of Higher Education and Research spaces at a regional and global level, her commitment is now focused on the different struggles and alternatives led in the world against the commercialization of Higher Education.

Hans De Wit

Prof. Hans de Wit, PhD – Boston College (USA)

Internationalization of higher education for society: an engine for social development and sustainability

Hans de Wit is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, USA, a leading global research center on higher education in the global environment. He was its director, 2015-2020, and developed the MA program in International Higher Education, as well as a Dual Degree of this master with the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico. Before, he was Director of the ‘Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation’ (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He was Vice-President for International Affairs of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1996-2003. He is a Senior Fellow of the International Association of Universities (IAU), and chair of the Board of Directors of World Education Services in New York/Toronto. He is a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), founding editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (SAGE), consulting Editor of the journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education, Associate Editor of International Higher Education, and co-editor book series ‘ Global Perspectives in Higher Education, Sense Publishers. He publishes a blog in University World News, www.universityworldnews.com.  He has (co)written books and articles on international education and is actively involved in assessment and consultancy in international education, for organizations like the European Commission, UNESCO, World Bank, IAU, and the European Parliament.

Carmen Burgos

Prof. Carmen Gloria Burgos Videla, PhD – Universidad de Atacama (Chile)

Globalización, imaginarios y creatividad. Retos de la educación superior

Teacher of Basic General Education. Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education, curriculum design by competencies. Doctor in Educational Sciences from Universidad de la Frontera-Chile. Interdisciplinary training: critical analysis studies in political philosophy for the postgraduate doctorate in Philosophy at UNAM. Diploma in Philosophy of Education, specialized studies in the History of Ideas in Latin America CIALC-UNAM. Diploma in Interdisciplinary CEIICH-epistemology seminars, course and member of the group of researchers in Latin American curriculum; part of the editorial committee of Revista Comunicar, SoPhia, INFAD, among others. Awardee of different competitive funds, Creative Action, Didactic Operation, Identity features of the curriculum in Chile, Curriculum-Society Link, among others. She is the author of scientific works and publications in specialized journals in the pedagogical and curricular, techno-educational field. It is a part of the repository of researchers in ANID-2020, collaborator in the Ibero-American Network of Teachers, Latin American Association of Philosophy of Education A.C. (ALFE), INTERPEC, INFAD, among other networks. Academic, professor at the University of Atacama, in undergraduate and graduate programs of the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

Lines of investigation: Pedagogical and curricular theory; Creativity of Action; Didactic Operation In innovation; Virtual learning ecologies; M-learning; MOOC.

Dra. Norma Angélica Juárez Salomo – Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (Mexico)

Cooperación e Internacionatics: estrategias pedagógicas con sentido “glocal”

Doctor in Pedagogical Innovations, Alternative Experiences, and New Technologies. International Education and New Technologies / Communication, Education and Cultural Development of Tourism Line.

University academic researcher with over 30 years of experience. Member of the National System of Researchers of CONACyT. Tutor and researcher in various areas of knowledge such as International Education, Virtual Learning Environments, Strategic Planning, Communication, Tourism, among others. Doctor of Education in the line of Pedagogical Innovations, Alternative Experiences, and New Technologies. Full-Time Research Professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos. She has dedicated her life to research, teaching, and the development and management of multiple national and international academic projects, representing Latin America in various organizations emphasizing her interest in the development of intercultural initiatives, a sense of life, and a culture of peace. Academic Coordinator and Tutor of the Diploma in Internationalization of Higher Education (DIES). Advisor, Webinarist, Content Developer, and Pedagogical Proposals in face-to-face and virtual spaces of the Inter-American Organization of Universities and the College of the Americas (Montreal, Canada). She has held management positions for more than 20 years in fields related to International Cooperation and Development; International Programs; Dissemination of Science; and in front of the House of International Science; Permanent Education; Integral formation; among others. Among the main distinctions received is the 2012 Mexican Association for International Education Award, an association in which she has held, in addition to the Presidency, various positions. Recipient of the Bernabé L. de Elias medal, Phi Beta Delta “International Scholars” medal, and recognition of the Hon. United States Ambassador, Antonio Garza Jr. for her work as an international manager.

She is currently a Full-Time Research Professor (PITC) and Strategic Project Advisor at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos. General Coordinator of the Diploma in Internationalization of Higher Education COLAM-OUI. Member of the COLAM Consultants team.

Osvaldo Succi

Prof. Osvaldo Succi Junior, PhD – Centro Paula Souza/CESU (Brazil)

Una visión general de Intercambios Virtuales en la enseñanza superior

Osvaldo Succi Junior has a doctorate in Linguistics from the Federal University of San Carlos. He has a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY at Albany). He is a Technologist in Computational Multimedia and a Bachelor of Arts: Portuguese and English. Dr. Succi worked at SUNY at Albany and at Union College in New York. He taught the Arts course at the Methodist University of Piracicaba. In the last 15 years, he has worked in the area of International Education and especially, in Virtual Exchanges.

Round table

Desarrollo, innovación e internacionalización: formando ciudadanos para afrontar los desafíos globales

María Cristina Gómez Wilsson

Doris Margarita Bermúdez Murillo,
UNIMINUTO (Colombia).

Internationalist from the Universidad del Rosario in Colombia and Master in Governance of Organizations for International Development from the Grenoble Alpes University (France). She has experience in internationalization of companies and higher education. She has worked in multicultural environments nationally and internationally. For more than 3 years she has been the Director of International Affairs of the UNIMINUTO System in Colombia. As the leader of the internationalization strategy in this Institution, she has developed and implemented the COIL strategy for the Headquarters at the country level and designed and implemented the UNIMINUTO Summer and Winter Schools. She participated in institutional representation in the organizing committee of CAEI 2019 (Associated Institutions) and LACHEC 2020. She has participated as a speaker and lecturer on Internationalization of the Curriculum, COIL, Interculturality and Virtual Mobility. She has experience in the design and implementation of international cooperation projects. Member of the Internationalization Network of the Organization of Catholic Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean – ODUCAL and of the Colombian Network for Internationalization-RCI.


María Cristina Gómez Wilsson

Prof. Beatriz Baroni,
Universidad de Flores (Argentina).

Director of Internationalization and Postgraduate Careers, Master in AFyD, Diploma in Management of University Teaching, Graduate in AFyD, National Professor of Physical Education. Initial, intermediate, undergraduate, and university level teacher for more than 34 years. She served as Director of a school Institution for 18 years, Academic Secretary of the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports, Professor of Culture theory. Professor of Internships and Residencies in teacher training career. UFLO Rector’s Team. Technical Secretary at worktable for Internationalization. Member of the Argentine Forum for International Education. Director of the Educational Consultant for Institutional Projects. She is currently the Director of Internationalization and –Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Flores –UFLO- Argentina, an Institution that has been linked for 22 years. Authority 2019/20 of the FAEI- Argentine Forum for International Education. Technical Secretary at worktable for Internationalization. Tenured professor at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón(professional training) for 33 years.

María Cristina Gómez Wilsson

Doris Patricia Serrano Esguerra,
Universidad Católica de Colombia (Colombia).

Patricia Serrano Esguerra is Director of International and Interinstitutional Relations at the Universidad Católica de Colombia. In the last 15 years he has participated directly in internationalization processes in higher education institutions, designing internationalization strategies at home, mobility and cooperation to strengthen research and university extension. She is currently Executive Secretary for the Andean Region of the Organization of Catholic Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a journalist with a specialization in cultural management and business administration and has a master’s degree in Project Management and Organization. For her experience in managing multicultural processes in higher education, she was recognized with a study grant from the United States Department of State on Culture and Society of the United States at New York University (NYU) and also obtained a Journalism and Criticism Scholarship for the Arts as part of the incentives of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.
María Cristina Gómez Wilsson

Yasmin Contreras Varela,
Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (Chile)

Yasmin Gloria Contreras Varela, Director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Development of the Catholic University of the Most Holy Conception of Chile. Yasmin has a PhD in Public Policy and Educational Management, a PhD in Education, a Master in Curriculum Design and Educational Projects, a Master in Educational Evaluation, a Master in Educational Informatics, a Bachelor of Education, a French Foreign Language Teacher.
Yasmin has 30 years of work experience in the field of education at all levels of it. She has 18 years of experience in University education, especially in initial teacher training. 12 years of experience in the management of Teaching Development Centers in important Chilean universities. She has participated in teams of proposals and execution of MECESUP projects in different Universities of Chile. She develops research in: Pedagogical Competences of University Teachers, Innovation in University Teaching, Digital Education, Academic Integrity, among others.
She is a member of the Network of Teaching Support Centers of Universities of Chile.