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The FIU Global Strategy 2025 is grounded on three priority areas, one of which is a emphasis on insitutional success. Trickling from this framework are the strategic goals of enhancing FIU's global reputation and strenghtening global instiutional collaborations. 

To do so, the Global Strategy Leadership Group, representative of all major university departments and units with an international component, joined forces to highlight FIU's international presence and partners. The analysis shed the light on FIU's comprehensive collaboration with Colombian institutions and organizations.

Whether from a student, faculty research or instutitional lens, relationships between FIU and Colombia as an entity have developed and fortified significantly in the last few years. As demonstrated in the above infographic, associating and promoting FIU involement in and with Colombian entities is a prime consideration for us, as we believe both parties greatly benefit from joining forces in pursuing internationalization efforts. 

This page is devoted to showcasing current efforts and established connections with Colombia and will be updated as additional alliances develop. 

To the attention of FIU Faculty & Staff: for inquiries on developing and/or promoting a partnership with a Colombian institution, please email 

To the attention of potential Colombian partners: Interested in collaborating with FIU? Visit our delegation page for more information.

Emphasis on Public Health enterprises

  • Partnerships with Colombian Universities

    Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work has made international activities a priority. With several MOUs in place and in progress in Colombia alone, Stempel’s outreach is giving the opportunity for Colombian universities and organizations to collaborate with Stempel College on activities related to research, continuing education workshops, faculty exchange, students and alumni, and events.

  • Current & Future Projects

    Current and pending research projects and activities include topics on Covid-19, Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunizations, Vaccine Hesitancy, Lead & Mercury Poisoning, Cervical Cancer Elimination, Diabetes & Obesity, GeoHealth & Malaria, and Tuberculosis. In addition, the Colombian government-funded $3 million collaboration between the college and two other Colombian universities to evaluate the levels of mercury and cyanide contamination in the Atrato River basin in the northwest and its health impact on the local population.

  • Global Health Consortium

    Dr. Carlos Espinal, Director of the Global Health Consortium (GHC) and Interim Chair of the Department of Health Management & Policy, has spearheaded Stempel’s activity in Colombia under the direction of Dean Guilarte. Dr. Espinal leads several research grants in the area and as an advisor to PAHO and WHO, Dr. Espinal is engaged in the public health measures for Colombia. He regularly presents at conferences and speaks to Colombian media.  In 2020, he was a member of the Mayor of Cartagena’s Covid-19 Task Force.

  • Global Health Conference of the Americas

    The annual Global Health Conference of the Americas will be hosted by the GHC in Cartagena in December 2021 as a hybrid virtual and in-person event. Expected to be the most attended thus far, the 2021 GH Conference will again bring together leading experts from around the world to present, speak and discuss critical global health challenges such as Covid-19, health disparities, immunizations, environmental health, arbovirus and antimicrobial resistance with the public health community and students.

  • Visiting Professor Appointments

    Visiting professor appointments have been awarded by the University of Cartagena to Dean Tomás Guilarte and Dr. Carlos Espinal. These appointments further strengthen the relationship between the two universities and allow the opportunity for them to participate in academic initiatives in Cartagena.

FIU Professor Presides La Asociación de Colombianistas

Dr. Andrea Fanta, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, is the author of Residuos de la violencia. Producción cultural colombiana 1990-2010 (Universidad del Rosario, 2015) and the co-editor of Territories of Conflict: Traversing Cultural Studies in Colombia(University of Rochester Press, 2017). Dr. Fanta serves as the 12th president of the Asociación de Colombianistas, a non-profit academic organization with more than 200 humanities and social sciences scholars from around the globe. Colombianistas publishes Revista de Estudios Colombianos (REC) a biannual, peer-reviewed and indexed academic journal founded in 1986 to promote academic research on Colombia in the humanities as well as the social sciences with a view to engage in a multi-disciplinary academic and cultural dialogue.

FIU in Colombia in Numbers

  • 5143Colombian students have self-registered as FIU alumni
  • 491Colombian students have enrolled at FIU since Summer of 2016
  • 215Active faculty and staff employees are from Colombia origin
  • 12Fulbright grants were awarded to conduct research and/or teach in Colombia
  • 18Global Learning courses are currently being taught with a focus on Colombian studies
  • 6Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses are being taught in collaboration with Colombian institutional partners targeting 103 students. 
  • 16Research grants have been awarded to FIU faculty to conduct research in Colombia, including 4 from USAID

In the Spotlight

In 2005, the Colombia Justice Reform and Modernization Program (2005-2009) was initiated as SIPA's Center for the Administration and Justive was awarded a $19.7 million contract from USAID for the implementation of Colombia's new Criminal Procedure Code, which included the creation of a victims service center for victims of violent crimes, the promotion of civil society participation in judicial reform, and more.

For more information on the collaborative project, go to: