Rectors from leading Latin American universities were in Israel last week to sign agreements with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in a first-of-its-kind conference signaling growing academic cooperation.

Representing institutions in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, the rectors signed about 20 cooperation agreements with the Israeli academic institution.

“This was a very productive gathering and we hope it will lead to many fruitful collaborations with universities in Latin America,” said Naama Shpeter, executive director and the conference organizer at the Truman Institute.

The rectors also met with President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin, at his official residence in Jerusalem.