2022-09-27 GENERAL HOUSE

International Marist Network of Higher Education convenes a meeting of communication personnel and leaders

On the 22nd September, communication personnel and leaders of Marist institutions of higher education from ten countries met online to strengthen links and synergy within the International Marist Network of Higher Education (RIMES).

The meeting was attended by Brother Marcelo Bonhemberger, President of RIMES and Portuguese-speaking representative of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). In his opening address, he highlighted the importance of a Network model with an intercultural and international character. For him, a close working relationship among the communication professionals is fundamental in getting Marist Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) on board with the purpose and the strategic projects of RIMES.

“The meeting contributed to the strengthening and mutual knowledge of our Institutions of Higher Education in order to consolidate RIMES as a driver and promoter of best practices in our rich educational tradition,” stated Br. Marcelo.

Participants also affirmed that it was an opportunity to acquire knowledge and share experiences. For Ana Gabriela Aguirre Franco, vice-president of RIMES and rector of the Universidad Marista Ciudad de México, “the importance of networking and synergy is fundamental in order for our universities to have a voice at the international level and to share the best practices of the more successful universities of RIMES with their sister universities. It will provide strategic support for them to remain a force in the education sector”, she said.

As a result of this first meeting, activities are planned throughout this year, such as regular meetings, mapping of communication channels and compiling profiles of the HEIs’ representatives and the continuous sharing of best institutional practices.

About the Marist International Network of Higher Education

The Marist International Network of Institutions of Higher Education is an umbrella group for 27 institutions at present. Taking their orientation from the General Administration of the Institute of the Marist Brothers in Rome, they seek to create connections of synergy and action in their respective works.   

Founded in 2004, this network has as its objective the creation of opportunities for partnerships, formation and joint projects, strengthening our efforts in higher education in more than 10 countries. 

Learn more about the Network here.


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