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Universidad Santo Tomás signs international collaboration agreement with New Zealand institution


During May 2018, representatives of the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) of Hamilton, New Zealand, visited the Santo Tomás University in order to share successful academic experiences and sign a cooperation and exchange agreement between both institutions. The agreement was signed by the National Rector of the UST, Jaime Vatter, and the Vice-Rector of Wintec, David Christiansen.

The agreement will allow the development of different initiatives between both entities, among them, the exchange of students. Meanwhile, teacher exchange will involve language courses for academics and managers of both institutions, and will focus on different careers, beginning with the areas of Health and Sports.

According to UST’s Director of International Projects, Roberto Lafontaine, “our teachers will have the opportunity to live short stays in the foreign institution, in which they will be able to give talks about their areas of ​​knowledge and analyze research projects together with other academics.”

“During their visit, we analyzed the opportunity to develop master’s programs between both institutions, to achieve a double degree,” he added. Likewise, the authorities of Wintec expressed their interest in collaborating in innovation and entrepreneurship programs together with the School of Economics and Business of the UST, sharing their experience in the development of social innovation projects through new models.

Previous visits

In 2016, the rector of Wintec, Mark Flowers, visited Universidad Santo Tomás to meet with the National Rectors of the UST and IP-CFT, Jaime Vatter and Juan Pablo Guzmán, respectively, with the purpose of learning more about the Institution and to evaluate the possibilities of cooperation and exchange between both entities.

It should be noted that the Waikato Institute of Technology is one of the largest and most experienced universities, technical and professional training centers in New Zealand. In its six campuses it offers careers linked to the areas of agriculture, sports science, communications, education, engineering, business, information technology, tourism and gastronomy, among others.

Ambassadors and foreign academics participate in the 1st International Congress on Cultural Diplomacy at Universidad Santo Tomás

The activity, organized by the cultural center Mohamed VI of the Embassy of Morocco, together with the University of Santo Tomás, highlighted the importance of cultural diplomacy as a bridge of dialogue among civilizations.

The importance in the communication and the approach between the peoples were the central themes of the inauguration of the I International Congress on Cultural Diplomacy, which took place on August 6, 2018 at the Santo Tomás University, Santiago. Organized by the Cultural Center Mohamed VI for the Dialogue of Civilizations, belonging to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Chile, in collaboration with the UST, diplomats from Morocco, Argentina, El Salvador, Greece and Iran attended, together with outstanding international academics.

“Acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity is essential in our globalized world and universities are called to play a leading role in this exchange (…). I hope that this congress allows us to assess the role of culture and diplomacy in the rapprochement between the different nations of the world, a process in which our university will continue to contribute with its work and its international linkage, building bridges that will allow spaces for mutual collaboration and growth “, assured Jaime Vatter, National Rector of the UST at the start of the day.

Also, Vatter stressed that the University, since its inception, has had the vocation to link academics and students with their peers from various countries in the world, strengthening the teaching and learning processes. “But this has not been the most important, the cultural exchange that occurs in this interaction (…), allows there to be greater knowledge and acceptance of different cultures and realities,” he added.

For his part, Roberto Lafontaine, Director of International Projects of Santo Tomás, stressed the importance of creating instances of conversation between different nations. “This is a very important activity that brings together several ambassadors, diplomatic relations are not only political or economic, but culture is playing an increasingly important factor. The congress opens a new path in Chile because it had not been deeply analyzed, “he said.

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UBO gave warm farewell to its first semester exchange students

With a sample of Chilean native culture, the Direction of International Institutional Relations of Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins sent off the exchange students that studied at the different faculties of the higher education institutions during the first semester of 2018.

Young students who attend partnered universities from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru became familiar with the key traditions of the Mapuche people, the musical instruments used in sacred ceremonies as well as utensils used in everyday life; they also indulged in a tasting session prepared by Doraliza Coñuepan of the la Venancio Coñuepan Community.

“It is meaningful that foreigners get to know our country’s native culture, because they take this knowledge and experiences back to their countries, spreading and invigorating our traditions” stated Coñuepan.

For the second semester of 2018, students from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Spain, France and Mexico are taking care of the final details before landing in our country and living the experience of studying at UBO.

Via: UBO

International students at UCSC close their Spanish semester with cultural display

“The Irish Tomb”, “Funeral Rituals of China” and “Festival of the Song Laulupidu” were some of the topics addressed in the “Ninth Exhibition on international culture and traditions”, an activity organized by the Institutional Relations Department of Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, and with which the students of the Program of Spanish as a Foreign Language closed their academic semester.

The initiative allowed young people to make known, in front of their host families, friends, colleagues and academics, their progress in mastering the language, through stories and audiovisual material, in which they alluded to their exchange experience and characteristic aspects of their countries of origin. On this occasion, China, Ireland, Australia, the United States and Estonia.

“This activity crystallizes the effort of each teacher in the different subjects. Each of them collaborates so that the work of the semester is reflected in the students “, commented Carlos Poza, Program Coordinator. Simpson College academic, Dr. Mark Bates, added that “it is amazing how my students have progressed, not only with the classes, but also with the experience with the families. Everything has exceeded my expectations.”


Students of the Universidad Católica de Argentina carry out an internship at UBO

In the context of the academic activities of the Ibero-American Network of Schools and Faculties of Law, four students from the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) made a short-stay exchange at the Bernardo O’Higgins University, with the aim of deepening their knowledge on the ‘Right of Consumption’.

During two weeks, and through face-to-face classes and visits to different institutions, the young people delved into the legal practice of consumption in Chile. In addition, they had the spaces to compare and analyze this specific issue in neighboring nations.

For the interns, the experience, which at first was overwhelming, has become friendlier and, as the days go by, the classes have been a contribution for their future.

In this regard, the Head of the Department of Private Law, Erika Isler, said that “this instance helps students from both institutions to share experiences on a specific topic that, in this case, corresponded to consumer law, allowing us to reflect with academic rigor this subject is so contingent.”

Via: UBO

Chinese Ambassador to Chile visits the UST Santiago five months after taking office

The Chinese diplomat Xu Bu participated in a meeting with the National Rector of Universidad Santo Tomás, Jaime Vatter, and other authorities of the institution. Subsequently, he spoke with a group of 13 Chinese students doing their exchange programs at the university.

Strengthening ties between Chile and the People’s Republic of China has been one of the main objectives of the Universidad Santo Tomas in terms of international relations. Over a decade, several agreements have been made, along with programs that favor student and academic exchange, and the first Confucius Institute in the country was created, responsible for teaching Mandarin Chinese, now operational in 19 locations throughout country.

In this context, the visit of the Chinese ambassador to Chile, Xu Bu, to the UST Santiago on June 14, becomes very important. In the instance the diplomat, who was joined by the First Secretary, Chanqiang Yang, met with the authorities of the UST, Jaime Vatter, National Rector; Sebastián Rodríguez, Academic Vice-Rector, and Roberto Lafontaine, Director of International Projects.

“During the meeting, we presented the history and national presence of Santo Tomás, and also our relationship with China, especially what was done with the Confucius Institute and the agreements with the universities and governmental entities of that country. The ambassador congratulated us, said he was very happy about the relationship we have, which is very important for the embassy and for China. They also offered us all their help and cooperation,” said Roberto Lafontaine.

The Chinese ambassador, Xu Bu, highlighted the relevance that the establishment of relations with Latin American higher education institutions has for his country. “It is very important for us to stay close to the cooperation between the Chilean and Chinese universities, young people are the future for relations between the countries and that is why, currently, we have several student exchanges. Santo Tomás University is doing a good job, promoting student exchange and collaboration between the two countries.”

In addition, the diplomat highlighted the cooperation that exists between the Universidad Santo Tomás and the East China Normal University (ECNU) of Shanghai, the University of Anhui and the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, with which they maintain a close exchange relationship. academic and student.


2nd International Fair at Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins opened the borders of the academic world

With informative talks, culinary exhibitions and stands for foreign entities, Interinstitutional Relations Directorate of Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins held the 2nd International Fair UBO 2018, a gathering held in parallel in the Rondizzoni Conference Room and in the Library of the same university campus, with the objective of promote the initiative to expand the academic world of the students of the institution.

For the second consecutive year, students, collaborators and authorities of the UBO tasted the typical dishes presented by more than 15 countries, in the stands attended by exchange students and Higher Education Institutions representatives in mobility agreement. In addition, attendees were able to obtain information on exchange programs, scholarships, language courses and work opportunities abroad.

“Lately, the process of training students in a globalized world requires the development of intercultural competences and skills to adapt and develop successfully in diverse contexts and communities to be deployed. Thus, they acquire the skills and experiences that can make a difference in the professional, academic and human fields,” said Alain Carrier, vice chancellor of UBO’s Relation with the Environment.

After finishing the day, the director of Interinstitutional Relations, Virginie Delalande, made a positive balance at a qualitative level, given the quality of the exhibitions and information delivered; and quantitative, due to the high turnout of the public.

“We were able to call more exhibitors, install more stands and have more people than last year; also, we noticed a greater interest from UBO students, because they came with more specific questions. In general, it was much better than the first version,” she added.

In May, the Directorate of Inter-Institutional Relations will hold an informative talk for students of Journalism, Public Relations, Computer Engineering, Industrial Civil Engineering, Pedagogy in Basic General Education and Chemistry and Pharmacy, in which they will tackle special programs for a semester abroad.

Santo Tomás University welcomes exchange students who start their studies on this first semester

More than 40 young students coming from around the world will be attending different study programs offered by the institution through the International Experience Program.

With a breakfast, foreign students who are starting their studies on different programs at Santo Tomás Educación Superior were welcomed. The activity, held on March 21st, was joined by the National Dean of the UST, Mr. Jaime Vatter, and different other authorities from the institution faculties and areas.

During the first semester of 2018, 43 exchange students coming from Germany, Bolivia, China, Spain, France, Mexico, Switzerland and Taiwan will start their studies, all of them coming from 17 well-known higher education establishments characterized by their high-class quality.

During the meeting, the National Dean assured that the educational exchange program is an important initiative and a key experience for these young people, specially because they get to meet other realities. “I thank every single one of you, first for choosing Chile and second, for choosing our institution. We are interested on this type of activity; they are very meaningful. You, who are representing your universities and your countries, are ambassadors of your institutions”, he justified.

On his behalf, Mr. Roberto Lafontaine, International Projects Director of Santo Tomás, assured that “for us is very important to greet you because is the way in which our students share with classmates, cultures and languages from around the globe. An exchange is worth by itself not only due to the technical knowledge you can acquire, but also due to its life and personal experience”.

According to Mrs. Cristina Muñoz, National Coordinator of the International Experience Program of Santo Tomás, this semester has three main updates related to these exchanges. Between February and March, a group of students and teachers from the Hesav University of Switzerland were participating on a Kinesiology internship at UST Valdivia. “To this, we can add of first student from Bolivia and three French students attending the Science Masters Degree in Physical Activity and Sport”, she added.

Via: UST

Universidad de Magallanes welcomed Argentinian beneficiaries of AGCI’s Transnational integration program

This scholarship program, which has granted scholarships to 50 Peruvian and Bolivian young students since 2010, reached the Chilean southernmost zone

Universidad de Magallanes welcomed the first three Argentinian beneficiaries of the Transnational integration scholarship program of the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI). The beneficiaries will pursue their undergraduate degrees at engineering and health programs.

Many authorities attended the ceremony: Ambassador Juan Pablo Lira, Chief executive at the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI); Pablo García, Head of the Education and Scholarship Department at AGCI; Juan Oyarzo, President of Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG); Governor Paola Fernández; and Jorge Horacio Insausti, Argentinian Consul General in Punta Arenas.

Ambassador Juan Pablo Lira said that “having these three Argentinian students in Punta Arenas symbolizes the attempts to close ties and to bridge the transnational gap with neighboring countries. And that is one of the goals that inspired the Transnational Integration Program, which has been successfully carried out since 2010 in northern Chile with Peruvian and Bolivian students”.

For his part, Juan Oyarzo, President of Universidad de Magallanes, explained that “this scholarship implies an enriching cultural interchange among Chilean and Argentinian students. Therefore, our goal is to increase the number of beneficiaries from other Argentinian provinces every year”.

Brenda Muñoz is 22 and comes from Río Gallegos. In 2016, she finished her B.S in Argentina and always wanted to become a physical therapist but this program was not available in her hometown so she would have had to travel to another province to study it. “My family couldn’t afford the expenses for me to study this program, so this scholarship allows me to fulfill one of my greatest dreams, become a physical therapist”, says Brenda. “This scholarship program should continue so that more students from my country could materialize their dreams of having the educational background that boosts their work life in the future and becoming a contribution to the community” concludes.

Thanks to the cooperation agreement between AGCI and Universidad de Magallanes, Argentinian students will study for free at some of the UMAG faculties and study centers. It is expected that this scholarship program is granted to more students every year until it reaches 20 beneficiaries by 2021. The scholarship covers the registration and tuition fees, health insurance, transportation from and to their hometowns and money to purchase books.

This transnational integration scholarship program started in 2010 and has successfully granted scholarships to Peruvian and Bolivian students at Universidad de Tarapacá. So far, it has been granted to 50 students, who have pursued, mainly, studies in Engineering, Economy, Science, Innovation and Technology, and health.


Alliance to reinforce Chile’s positioning as an attractive destination for international students

The cooperation agreement signed between Fundación Imagen de Chile and the higher education sector brand Learn Chile will seek to coordinate, agree, align and promote positioning actions that increase the impact of the Chile brand  in foreign markets.

Education is an important builder of the country’s image, especially considering that more than 28,000 foreign students choose Chile annually to improve their education, due to a diverse and reliable offer, which is favored by the economic and political stability that Chile possesses, which surprises to those who visit it for the first time.

That is why Learn Chile, the first and only network for the promotion of Chilean higher education abroad, joined the mission of Imagen de Chile in terms of publicizing the advantages that the nation has in the field of higher education.

Myriam Gómez, Executive Director of Imagen de Chile, highlighted the agreement and commented that “the alliance that we make today is a great step forward to reinforce a key area for national visibility: to constitute a benchmark of quality for students from all over the world. According to our analysis, the quality of our education is within the sectors highlighted by the Latin American public opinion and we know that only through collaboration can we continue to instill outside our borders that we are a place where the exceptional becomes an opportunity, a place that is in search of solutions to the global challenges of the present and future”.

The joint work between both entities will meet its next milestone during the seminar of the Learn Chile brand in Quito, Ecuador, on April 20 and 21 and, with the participation of a delegation of 13 Chilean higher education institutions, who will also announce the various continuing education programs for foreigners at a Postgraduate Expo for Ecuadorian students and professionals.

Marcos Avilez Aros, director of Learn Chile, said that “this agreement makes it possible to jointly develop more and better tools and information that consolidate the work that both institutions do in the positioning of our country abroad. It also coincides with the fulfillment of the 5 years of our brand and the closeness to the application to the fourth stage of the Learn Chile project with ProChile, for which we are attentive to the possibilities that this agreement will open.”

The ceremony was also attended by representatives of Universidad Central de Chile, Duoc UC, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Universidad del Desarrollo, Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins, INACAP, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and ProChile.