AUPRICA is an Association of Private Universities of Central America.

The Association of Private Universities “AUPRICA” was founded on November 6, 1990, in San Salvador, and since its inception, the association has produced a significant number of leaders throughout the Central American region. For convenience in the legal proceedings, the organization is legally registered in the Republic of Honduras. In its 25 years of operation, the Association has experienced several stages of internal accommodation and development, all aimed at the pursuit of strengthening its leadership and positioning in the countries of the Central American region.

The Association intends to exercise its presence in the region, provided through institutional strengthening and promoting actions based on the pillars of Teaching, Research and University extension. Thus, the Association requires a new strategic projection, and set a course of action that responds to a vision, guided by the strategic and operational plan for the coming years. The organization’s relationship and coordination with its members, national, regional and beyond, requires projects for exchanges of experience, teacher and student mobility, and strengthening of research projects, knowledge and quality education, resulting in highly educated students. This is the primary reason of university life, and contributes to improving societies and the development of the countries in which it takes place.

AUPRICA, through universities, both from the private and the public sectors, aims to stimulate the economy in all countries, through universities that are factually companies, or production units, for the development of knowledge, by facing great challenges,

which ultimately contribute to and enable survival, growth and competitiveness. The universities are the leading institutions set up to (aming other functions) to continually rethink diversification, to answer questions, and address new educational options that are consistent with the

development of countries and the demands of the economy at the same time. This allows for the consolidation of the current position of the Association in the region in order to build a strategy to achieve its identity in all educational levels. Within this positive and effective vision, universities develop study programs to meet the needs of society, and they can behave like successful, positive and competitive companies that also satisfy the educational needs at all national and regional levels.

The Association and each of the member universities, organized in so-called Country Chapters should seriously consider which are the constant factors that play a vital role, and which ones must be constantly renewed in order to advance from its current position to respond to innovation and implementation of new and multiple projects. They must evaluate the relevance and satisfaction of new educational offerings and new practices in education that society requires, deal with new technology options, evaluate suitable and equipped laboratories, set up classrooms for learning, intertwined with the environment and ecological policies as required in current education and regional development.

AUPRICA is an internationally recognized that supports the autonomy and interdependence of each of the member universities, and the common values are promoted in the development of each of them, for the benefit of cooperation between them, becoming

a generating network of knowledge and to achieve various methodological research scientific knowledge. It is intended to develop shared visions of all associated Universities, build trust and flexibility in the exchange of research, science, experiments, and build up academically- oriented policy frameworks, educational and other institutional arrangements, and being able to respond to the challenges, scope and development of the region. The association aims to achieve a higher level of organizational effectiveness, aimed at reaching higher positions, while respecting the institutional differences and join a new regional and competitive environment This in turn demands unity and

synergy to respond to new regional scenarios, and that would lead to alliances and bridges to facilitate increase, quantitatively and qualitatively, the function of universities in the regional context. In a positive and innovative environment, universities play a critical role

as successful and competitive regional companies.

AUPRICA, based on the strengths achieved over the years, articulates and leads, together with other actors and cross-border organizations,  the impact on multiple projects and programs that contribute to common interrelation positioning of each of the universities at regional level.

The organization recognizes and supports the autonomy of each university and stimulates quality processes, self-study, accreditation of academic programs at the institutional level, including academic curricula, and the central focus is promoting the common values regarding the work of universities at regional level. The strategic plan recognizes the process of maturity and positioning member universities of AUPRICA,  which aims to outline a positioning differentially in the new regional and global stage, which demands greater innovation, creativity and leadership, enabling the organization to strengthen partnerships that make it possible to raise quantitatively and qualitatively work and

AUPRICA objectives for the benefit of each and every one of the members of the Association.

Conventions, treaties, and inter-university agreements by members regarding the transfer of knowledge, education and culture provide the opportunity for improvement of qualitative and quantitative infrastructure and logistics services. Quality of student training and human capital, improvement processes, and technology are the essential elements to achieve an innovative proposal in the training of students, which consequently must respond to the development needs of each individual country. In this regard, the members of the Association Universities must advance the design and implementation of policies and strategies that facilitate the development of the three pillars of higher education, teaching, research and university extension, which are strengthened by teacher and student mobility, sharing product knowledge, research, and college experience in each of the countries. With this particular form of intercollegiate exchange of educational experiences, AUPRICA contributes to strengthening the integration in Central America. This strategic plan is part of a positive environment appropriate for the

continuous improvement needs to achieve the continuous strengthening of competitive universities, which must be at the center of politics,

and economic and social development of the region.