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The main purpose of the Observatory on Academic and Scientific Mobility (OBSMAC) is to become a virtual reference space, an information structure for decision making and a mechanism to alert and keep vigil over the changes that affect student and professional migration.

It was born as a response to the need that exists in the region to organize the available data regarding departure programs for graduate students, the return of highly-skilled personnel to their countries of origin and the circulation of skills. All of this  emerged as consequence to the multiplication of actors involved in this class of initiatives: institutions, governments and civil society, countries of origin and reception, international bodies and networks.

The emergence of the OBSMAC initiative also responds to the fact, documented by various specialists, of the absence of sufficient knowledge, mainly of a qualitative nature, on who are the students that are circulating internationally, what are their living and studying conditions in the receiving countries and, ultimately, what are the professional trajectories of researchers currently in a situation of international migration and what is the importance of the professional links they maintain, eventually, with their countries of birth.

Thus, OBSMAC aims to be an area of confluence for studies, analysis, documents, interviews, opinions, interviews, scholarships, events and news on academic and scientific mobility throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region.

sylviedidou 80x80OBSMAC is coordinated by Dra. Sylvie Didou, researcher at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies at the National Polytechnical Institue (CINVESTAV), headquartered in Mexico and is part of the initiatives promoted by the Latin American and Caribbean Higher Education Area (ENLACES).


1. Build a virtual area of outreach, making information on scholarship opportunities and programs supporting student mobility abroad freely accessible, improving equality in access to strategic information;

2. Publish statistical data and studies on international mobility from and to Latin America, in conjunction with other strategic projects of IESALC, UNESCO and other interested organizations.

3. Install a virtual space for discussion among specialists on student and scientific migration, to identify changes in morphology and routes, propose new methods of producing information and publicizing recommendations in terms of policies and programs;

4. Gather expertise to respond to evaluation and monitoring requirements at a regional level;

5. Organize, in both hosting and originating countries, student and professional mobility,  the production of case studies and exploratory projects, based on collaborative measures.