In terms of outreach and applied knowledge, the Program has used all the different procedures and instruments originally envisaged in its proposal.The following should be briefly mentioned (for more information see Section IX): Synthesis of research results and recommendations.
Member institutions are also involved in training activities for leading personnel responsible for university management on issues such as research management and curricular innovation and reform, with the attendance of university management personnel.
A training course for leading university executives was also given at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, in Merida, Mexico.
In addition, during its first year, the Program has enlisted higher education researchers from other (non-member) institutions in three ways: (i) A monthly workshop for presentations and discussions about research in progress; (ii) A national congress for higher education researchers which will take place in October 2009; (iii) A multi-authored book, edited by Program researchers, with articles by leaders in higher education institutions and academic experts.
The Anillo Program‟s strong collaborative environment has led to the development of various cooperative activities as part of its knowledge management undertakings (i.e.
The principal outreach method for the scientific community has been, first, that of academic publications, listed in the Appendix and by the Bulletin of Higher Education Policies, which published five issues in the program's first year.
It is electronically distributed to over two thousand interested people in government agencies, parliament, university leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations, business organizations, and mass communications.
The Anillo Program is also involved in the diffusion of information and ideas to non-specialist publics through various types of extension activities.
For example, the Program's Director has published over one hundred posts dealing with the analysis of and reflections about higher education issues in his academic blog ( while the Program‟s own site ( provides timely information about its research, publications and the activities of researchers, who have in addition gave more than 50 public interviews to the press, radio and television about higher education topics.
These different international initiatives are described fully in appropriate sections of this report.
During this first year Anillo Program members have taught courses about higher education policy in various Masters programs given by participating and non-member institutions.
Program researchers participated also in various collaborative initiatives with the Grupo Faro, based in Quito and the Fundación Ecuador; the National University of Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina; the National Autonomous University of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; the Catholic University of Guayquil, Ecuador, and with the OECD, the World Bank, Global Initiative for Quality Assurance Capacity (GIQAC), the Colombus Program, Boston College, the Ministry of Education in Argentina, and the Department of Latin American Studies (TCLA) of Leiden University, the Netherlands.