Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Janet Thomas

Second Advisor

Lynee Connelly


This capstone paper explores ENLACES, the Latin American and Caribbean Meeting Space for Higher Education, or in Spanish, Espacio de Encuentro Latinamericano y Caribeño de Educación Superior (ENLACES). In the same fashion that the UNESCO-Bologna Accords gave rise to the European Higher Education Area, so, too, did the UNESCO-International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean give rise to ENLACES. ENLACES is an evolving, transformative education policy that promotes the region’s integration and internationalization of higher education through collaborative means. This paper explores the region’s educational environment during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that led to the creation of the ENLACES, presents a stakeholder analysis of the policy, examines its goals, objectives, and strategies of implementation, and evaluates its strengths and weakness. Records from regional and global conferences are the primary sources for this policy analysis.


Education | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | International and Comparative Education