Epistemological Foundations

In a globalized society, it is important to develop less fragmented and more comprehensive knowledge to respond to contemporary needs. As Heinsenberg (Nobel Prize) pointed out in an interview scientific knowledge cannot be compartmentalized; there is a need for a humanist educational approach to human development.

Modern materialism (21th Century) has turned the platonic epistemological model of knowledge to fragmented knowledge. It is up to us to bring back this integrated knowledge, those “organic intellectuals” (Gramsci) that are like alive organisms with strong ties with the social classes they belong to, work on a new political project for the production and dissemination of knowledge. Alain Touraine reminds us that one of the main functions of modern university is to promote a free meeting between individuals and societies.

This network aims to build inter-institutional connections to strengthen all the processes of training for researching by an interdisciplinary emphasis, in a way that the pedagogical process be linked to training and researching ones in a didactical, dialogical and systematical way. “In a multi pedagogical and social action and knowledge management”. Taking into account the actual need to generate knowledge with multidisciplinary perspectives that could allow the development of “a critical, autonomous and social thought” (Burbles, 1999) of the ones who are taking part of this project: students, teachers and researchers.

Methodological Approach

As part of an interdisciplinary working dynamic, the multi-referential emphasis and the emergence of new paths of researching are essential elements to the development of the scientific network goals. The appropriation of knowledge and science are the purpose of this scientific network, so the integration of qualitative and quantitative postures support the lines of research of RIIF.

Ontological Approach

As an ontological approach, it is fundamental a global education that bring together different fields of knowledge. The incorporation of a diversified curriculum can lead to new ways of addressing society and meeting its demands.

The search for social, business, and institutional networks enables the appropriation of knowledge, while consolidating the training of human beings with the ability to work as a team and to identify common problems in different territorial environments.. This ability to create strategies for information collection, analysis and systematization from different levels of education and countries, supported by the use of TIC, allows the empowerment of a research cooperation culture, strengthening interpersonal relationships, values and principles that define the members of this network.

Pedagogical Approach

This initiative seeks to contribute to training and research processes that integrate theory and practice, and to disseminate research results performed by members of RIIF in an inter and transdisciplinary cooperative work gain visibility through the scientific community. Likewise, it is expected that RIIF can be involved into training activities and strategies that contribute to social dissemination of knowledge to help to identify and collaborate to the solution of social problems belonging to each members’ universe, in a proactive and critical way.
International Coverage

General Objective

Establish co-operation links for the strengthening of research from an inter and transdisciplinary perspective in the different areas of knowledge to face the challenges of science and innovation in a globalized world.

    Specific Objectives

    Undertake joint teaching, research and innovation activities

  • Facilitate and promote the exchange of teachers, students and researchers from different areas of knowledge and levels of training
  • Manage information and knowledge
  • Foster mutual counseling through cooperation on research
  • Support, propose and promote activities that allow the international cooperation, production and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Lines of research - Research Training Programme

  • Training for innovation, science and technological development
  • Epistemic movements and new trends in research- E-learning and U-learning, new ways of research training
  • Teachers and students: convergences and challenges of research training.


  1. Training for innovation, scientific and technological development
  2. Formative research: interdisciplinary innovation management
  3. Teachers and students: convergences and challenges of research training.

Members of RIIF

Riif: Red Internacional de Formación para la Investigación
  1. Corporación Universitaria Americana (Barranquilla, Montería, Medellín)
  2. Universidad Libre (Barraquilla)
  3. Universidad de la Rioja (España)
  4. Corporación Universitaria Lasallista (Medellín)
  5. Universidad del Atlántico (Barraquilla)
  6. Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá)
  7. Corporación Universitaria de Sabaneta – Unisabaneta (Medellín)
  8. Universidad de Sevilla (España)
  9. Universidad Señor de Sipan (Perú)
  10. Universidad de Mississippi (USA)
  11. Universidad Autónoma de Caribe (Barranquilla)
  12. Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Cartagena)
  13. Corporación Universitaria Latinoamericana (Barranquilla)
  14. Universidade Federal do Recôncavo Baiano (Bahia- Brasil)
  15. Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (Itajaí – Brasil)
  16. Universidades Integradas Latinoamericanas (UNILA – Brasil)
  17. Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (Santa Maria – Brasil)
  18. Università degli studi di Palermo (Palermo – Italia)
  19. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (RJ – Brasil)
  20. Universidad de Massachusetts (UMass Amherst, USA)
  21. Universidad Nacional Mexicana (UNAM – México)
  22. Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  23. Universidad de la Habana (Cuba)
  24. University St. Gallen y Univ. of Berkeley (Suíza & USA)