What is IGLU?

The Institute for University Management and Leadership (IGLU) is a program created by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) in 1983. It has trained and continues to train hundreds of leaders throughout the Americas.

From 2012, as a result of a policy conference held in Xalapa, Mexico, in March 2011, we have undertaken a reform of the IGLU Course and an increase in the services it offers, in order to support our IOHE member institutions in training procedures, improvement and consolidation of their human resources devoted to academic, strategic and administrative ends in order to meet society’s new demands. 


  • Offers an annual program of training activities for leaders of higher education institutions of the Americas
  • Promotes South-North and South-South mobility of university leaders of the Americas
  • Strengthens inter-Americanity and encourages learning within inter-Americanity 

IGLU is comprised of a Board of Governors, an Executive Directing Department and seven centers or regional offices that make up its Academic Council which offers a variety of products and academic services. The temporary offices are also participating in this offer.

What services does IGLU offer?

IGLU offers a diverse space for interactive training and exchange:

  • IGLU Course (six training modules, a week on site, twelve virtual weeks, one self-study project, an intervention project and an internship)
  • IGLU Course for Technical and Technological Institutions (ITT) with short programs (similar to the IGLU Course, but more focused on characteristics of ITT)
  • IGLU Top-Management Seminars (two or three days of  on-site meetings / two or three virtual weeks)
  • IGLU Specialized Courses on specific university management (three training modules, one week on site followed by three virtual weeks, or nine virtual weeks; an intervention project and the internship)
  • Open Internships (one week of visiting institutions with good practices)
  • Thematic Seminars and Specialized Workshops (available upon request by institution)
  • Coaching Subprogram:
    • Individual or group coaching service.
    • Training workshops for coaches.
    • Leadership workshops and coaching.
  • Publications covering the best practices in university management
  • Permanent IGLU Space (virtual space of retraining and exchange)Observatory of good practices;
    • Document repository;
    • Forums periodically  to discuss and debate current topics;
    • Networking space for IGLU-ist Network.
  • Organization of panels and symposiums in conferences and other international events.
  • Network with local IGLU-ists

What are the benefits of participating in IGLU programs?

IGLU’s training activities are offered to leaders of various university sectors and seek:

1.) To update or acquire leadership skills which correspond to the latest standards of the management of organizations.
2.) To master new management methods.
3.) The familiarization with management methods adopted by other institutions, either on a trial basis or on a regular basis.
4.) The experimentation in new and innovative management practices with colleagues from other institutions in other countries.
5.) The reflection of the role of innovative and transformative management in the overall framework of modernizing universities.
6.) The interaction with colleagues in inter-Americanity with which one may share concerns, experiences and solutions.
7.) The empowerment of the continuous process of development.
8.) A greater commitment to institutions’ transformative effects and the development of innovative educational models. 

Why should university directors participate in IGLU?

IGLU bases its actions on a Network of Experts, a Network of Collaborative Institutions, and a Network of IGLU Alumni or IGLU-ists.

 Its training activities:

  • Focus on the development of each participant, continually aiming at what is assumed and appropriated as their personal, developmental process in order to improve their management skills and to benefit their institution and academic community.
  • Bring together participants with learning, knowledge, developments, and collective, mastered, or constructed experience which are considered in the design and realization of the interactions that characterize IGLU. Such that each participant's contribution is not merely taken into consideration, but it is considered the fundamental richness of the IGLU experience. 
  • Are continuing education experiences for professionals focused on the implementation of management and leadership skills for a better use of managerial functions that they have assumed or may, in future, assume. It seeks to make the most informed and innovative, capable and skillful participants, without creating individuals that are overly-specialized in one area.
  • Have a methodology that relies less on lectures and spends more time on case studies, discussion of good practices, debates or other methods dedicated to the formation of competencies whilst taking into consideration the experience of each person.
  • Expose participants to other cultures, to other university situations, and to other manners of doing things in the context of inter-Americanity as an intersecting component of IGLU.
  • Strengthen the capacity of learning to learn and incorporating complementary experiences we knew to detect, facilitating the relearning and unlearning of key knowledge for their function.
  • Initiate leaders into the virtual world so that they may benefit from interacting with colleagues from all over the Americas.
  • Are personal development experiences in order to construct relevant higher education and quality that helps transform our population.

IGLU Executive Commitee

President: Agustín Echevarría, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico;

Vice-President: Judith Mendoza, Universidad Modular Abierta, San Salvador, El Salvador;

Silvia Álvarez, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico;

Luciano Rodrigues Marcelino, Fundação UNISUL. SER IOHE Brasil.

Delegate of the Academic Council: Clara Inés García, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.

David Julien, Executive Director, IOHE

Leticia Jiménez,  Executive Director, IGLU

For more information about IGLU, click here to access its website.

Twitter: @OUIIglu