International Mentoring Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education


Professors affiliated with the universities from the IMFAHE European Alliance of Universities can apply for the completion certificate after meeting the following requirements.



*The descriptions and timelines contained in this syllabus are subject to change at the discretion of the Program Directors



Date and Time Networking event
Nov 19th 2020 (6:30 pm Madrid Time) Kick off Event & Networking for Professors: Meet professors from 10 different European universities on the platform. Goal: get to know different proactive professors-researchers in your field and other fields looking for collaborations and research experts.
Feb 13th 2021 (4:00 pm Madrid Time) International Mentoring for Professor & IMP Mentors: Broaden your global connections in this international mentoring activity with professors and professionals affiliated with top 10 institutions in the world (cross-mentoring). Goal: to exchange the latest trends in the field and find potential collaborators in your research area. 

*Networking Events will take place at the indicated times. Access to the networking sessions through this Zoom link:

* Each professor is expected to attend at least 1 networking session and actively participate.


Date and Time Workshop Lecturer
Dec 12th 2020 (4:00 pm Madrid Time) Online education. Design, structure and strategize your online classes to keep engage your audience Dr. Gabriela Lagreca, Assistant Professor, Tufts University (Boston, USA)
Dec 16th 2020 (2:45 pm Madrid Time) Zoom technology for professors. Learn how to improve your online teaching experience using this technology. Anne Keough Keehn, Global Education Lead, Zoom Video Communications (USA)
Jan13th 2021 (2:45 pm Madrid Time) Presentation and Communication Skills. How to prepare outstanding presentations to support your classes and engage your audience. Borja Santos Porras, Director IE School of Global & Public Affairs (Madrid, Spain)
Jan 27th 2021 (2:45 pm Madrid Time) Why education sucks. Filter, summarize and reinforce. Professor Brian Subirana, Director, MIT Audio-ID (Boston, USA)
Feb 3rd 2021 (2:45 pm Madrid Time) Funding from the USA. Bridge collaborations with the USA to attract funding and write a successful grant. Dr. Joaquin Lopez, Researcher, UCM & IMFAHE Innovation Director (Madrid, Spain)

*Live Workshops and the Mini-Symposium will take place at the indicated times. Access to the sessions through this Zoom link:

*In order to get a certificate, each professor is expected to attend the live workshop sessions at the designated time ready to discuss each topic. Professors that cannot make it to a session, must watch the recording and complete a questionnaire to verify the visualization. Professors that attend the live masterclasses do not need to complete the questionnaires

April 10th, 2021 (11:00 am-4:00 pm Madriod Time)  Open Science Mini-Symposium.  
AGENDA (Speakers TBD) -Transparency and reproducibility in research.  
  - Tools available to promote science.  
  - European open science & open access programs.  
  - Publishing in open journals, pros and cons (round table).  
  - Open scientific communicatino to the society (round table)  

*The links to the recording of the live masterclasses and the corresponding questionnaires will be updated at:  


Recorded Workshops Lecturer

Grants and Fellowships. Opportunities for PIs, Postdocs, and Predocs.

Video link:

Visualization survey:

Dr. Odeta Limaj, Scientific Project Officer, ERC (Brussels).

Responsible conduct in research & how to publish a paper in a high impact factor journal.

Video link:

Visualization survey:

Dr. Javier Carmona. Senior Editor Nature, Nature Medicine (New York).

Dr. Toni Celia. Group Leader, Princeton-Hospital del Mar (Barcelona).

Dr. Miguel Prado. Senior Postdoc, Harvard Medical School (Boston).



Practical Exercises. We provide 6 exercises that you can include in your daily teaching and research to apply everything you have learned through the program. In order to obtain the certificate, you must choose 1 of the 6 assignments and email it to IMFAHE ( *Send us all the required information included in your presentation.

  1. Create an engaging presentation. Based on the guidelines in this program, create a presentation with at least 10 slides about a topic related to your classes that you can use with your students.

  2. Practice effective communication. Based on the guidelines in this program, engage your target audience (university students) by:

    1. Including questions and polls (make your audience get involved)

    2. Include examples, stories to catch the attention of the audience, etc.  

  3. Teach beyond the topic. Go beyond the subject/topic explanation and propose activities to:

    1. Promote critical thinking. Include1 exercise that promotes the critical thinking about the topic in your class where you are presenting the prepared slides. 

    2. Promote innovation and catalytic questioning. Include 1 exercise where the students have to give an innovative solution to a stated challenge related to the topic in your class where you are presenting the prepared slides. 

    3. Promote collaborative teamwork.

  4. Include open science in your research and based on the guidelines in this program, make your research more open, global, collaborative, creative and closer to society.  Send us a list of the resources that you will include in your next grant application (i.e. nonproprietary platforms, activities to explain the impact of your research to the public, etc..).

  5. Effective networking. Use the Networking Sessions to establish new professional contacts. Exchange professional information with at least 2 professors or international mentors in the network and explore potential collaborations. Send us a list with the name and affiliations of the new 2 contacts.

  6. Online presence & outreach. Based on the guidelines in this program, build or improve your presence online as a leader in your teaching and research and contribute with your posts, blogs, or articles to bring your research or teaching methods closer to society.

  7. Send us the link to one of your posts, blogs, articles on LinkedIn, Twitter, research blog, etc


IMPORTANT NOTE: Only professors from the universities that collaborate with IMFAHE in the academic year 2020-21 are eligible to request the diploma. See the logos of the universities below.

TO REQUEST THE CERTIFICATE: After completing requirements 1, 2 , 3 and 4, send 1 out of the 6 PRACTICAL EXERCISES in ONLY 1 EMAIL before MAY 10th, 2021, at 14:00 h (Madrid Time) to with the subject line [Professor Certificate Request-YOUR FULL NAME-YOUR UNIVERSITY].