As well as establishing, supporting and following up the development of the regional systems of the Central American University Confederation, such as the Central American System for the Evaluation and Harmonisation of Higher Education SICEVAES, the Regional System for Research and Postgraduate Studies SIRCIP and the System for the Internationalisation of Central American Higher Education, SIESCA. For many years he played a leading role in the establishment and development of regional higher education quality evaluation and accreditation bodies in Central America, such as CCA, ACAAI, ACAP and ACESAR and was a founder and board member of international higher education quality accreditation networks, such as INQAAHE and RIACES. He has worked for CSUCA since November 1993. Francisco Alarcón received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua Managua. In addition, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Tropical Coastal Zone Management from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology with emphasis in Aquaculture from the National University of Costa Rica. Francisco Alarcón has also obtained a postgraduate certification in Regional Integration from the Colegio de México and another in University Management from the University of Kassel in Germany. He has also been an international consultant and author of numerous international publications on higher education.