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Chile joins the 20 member countries of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) network

During the NAFSA 2019 event, UMAP and Learn Chile representatives met with their peers from the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) network. Starting from 2019, as a result of the process led by Learn Chile, Chile has joined this regional university network, which includes 570 educational institutions in 36 countries, of which 21 are member countries with 23 universities.

This year, the National Secretariat will be coordinated by Universidad Católica del Maule, led by the university’s Outreach Director Jorge Burgos. “Membership in this network is in line with the way in which higher education institutions are addressing the issue of international relations where, rather than signing bilateral conventions, efforts are being made to focus on establishing collaboration networks. This gives us more flexibility, facilitates administrative monitoring of the agreements, and enables more cross-disciplinary areas of collaboration to be found. Similarly, this type of network is often aligned with countries’ economic development priorities, and as such it promotes connection between the public, private and academic sectors”, said Burgos.

Benefits for Chile

Forming part of this network offers major benefits to Chile, including an increase in exchange students between member countries in the medium term. By signing the agreement with UMAP, the Chilean higher education institutions that form part of this network can access its extensive student mobility and institutional collaboration potential.

UMAP’s International Secretariat, based in Japan, welcomed Chile, and outlined the scholarship options available: “Taiwan and Japan offer scholarships for incoming and outgoing students, and Canada offers leadership exchange scholarships for young people interested in studying in Chile. There are many programs for students to choose from, all of which are taught in English. For institutions, on the other hand, UMAP will be an ideal opportunity to develop their strategic partnerships with our member countries and territories”.

UMAP was founded in 1991 as a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives from the higher education sector. The network’s general objective is for each country and territory in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve greater understanding of the cultural, economic and social systems of other countries in the region through increased cooperation between higher education institutions, and greater mobility of students and staff.

For the student body, “the network consists primarily of three types of mobility program. The first is multilateral programs with reciprocity conditions between institutions without additional costs for students in terms of tuition fees. The second is between two universities, with specific conditions to be defined. And the third consists of a line of short-term programs. The UMAP network opens at least two application processes per year for students to apply to this type of programs”, explained Burgos.

In the case of academic professionals, “the UMAP network includes a special partial financing line for research development. The conditions for this program are defined on an annual basis, and proposals are selected by an international committee appointed by the network’s board of directors”.

13 Learn Chile member institutions have already joined this association in 2019:

Both NAFSA and EAIE (which will be attended by Learn Chile between September 24 and 27 this year) are key events at which UMAP coordination meetings will be held. “The topics to be addressed are related to specific coordination regarding scholarship application processes, reviewing the countries that are joining the network, and the strategic pillars that will be strengthened with greater emphasis”, concluded Burgos.

More than 150 cooperation agreements will be generated following NAFSA 2019

For a sixth consecutive year, educational institutions which form part of Learn Chile were present at the NAFSA 2019 conference, the largest meeting of international educators in the world, which took place from May 28 to 31 in Washington, D.C., United States. Chile joined more than 10,000 attendees from over 100 countries at this annual event.

Under the framework of NAFSA 2019, consortium representatives promoted their institutions’ academic offerings, and held more than 800 networking meetings with their peers from other countries. These meetings will give rise to more than 150 new cooperation agreements, which are expected to be signed to facilitate the arrival of students from all over the world who wish to continue their education in a Spanish-speaking country.

According to the Ministry of Education’s report on the Enrollment of Foreign Students in Chilean Higher Education Institutions, 86% of foreign exchange students who enrolled in Chile in 2017 did so through an agreement between their home university and the Chilean university at which they carried out their exchange program.

“University exchanges that take place under agreements have experienced sustained growth, and the results achieved at NAFSA will enable us to continue this positive trend”, said Learn Chile Director Marcos Avilez. In total, Chile receives more than 30,000 foreign students every year.

Visits to innovation centers

Chile is the most innovative economy in Latin America (Global Innovation Index) and leads the Latin America & Caribbean Edition of the Digital Evolution Index (DEI LAC). Learn Chile has set itself the objective of strengthening ties with the private sector. As part of these efforts, the NAFSA 2019 delegation visited the George Washington University Innovation Center, the 3M Innovation Center—a multinational company with branches in Chile—and Amazon’s renowned distribution center. Opportunities for exchanges between institutions arose at each of these visits.

Meanwhile, under the framework of NAFSA 2019, the “Applied research and innovation between associations in the United States and Chile” workshop was held at the American Councils for International Education in Washington, D.C. This workshop constituted an excellent opportunity to present the progress being made by universities from both countries in terms of research and innovation.

“We were very happy with the results of this meeting, which gave rise to collaboration opportunities in applied research for educational institutions that form part of Learn Chile”, said Steve Baeza, Director of Institutional Relations at Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción.

The Chilean delegation was greeted by the Chilean Ambassador to the United States, Alfonso Silva, at his residence, together with representatives from universities around the world, who the ambassador invited to visit Chile and establish agreements with the country’s educational institutions. The diplomat highlighted the work carried out by Learn Chile in the six years since it was created as the only network that brings together public and private universities from all over the country to promote the export of educational services throughout the world.

20 Chilean universities among the top 100 in Latin America

Once again, Chile stands out in the region for the quality of its higher education, leading the Times Higher Education ranking which lists the best universities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chile’s Pontificia Universidad Católica obtained first place in this year’s ranking, which has historically been led by Brazilian institutions.

According to Simon Marginson, professor of higher education at the University of Oxford and director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, Chile is one country that is performing well above expectations. “Chile is lifting its research performance, and both public and private universities figure in the rankings”, he said

This year, the ranking was extended to include 150 universities from 12 countries, compared to 129 institutions from 10 countries last year. The universities are ranked based on the same 13 rigorous performance indicators as those used in the global rankings, but the weightings are adjusted to reflect the following characteristics of Latin American universities: teaching, research, industry income and international outlook.

Changes in the ranking

First place in the ranking is held by Chilean university Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Meanwhile, other Chilean institutions, including Universidad de Chile (7) and Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (23), also achieved prominent places in the list.

Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo remains in second place. Meanwhile, the top university in last year’s ranking, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, fell to third place. The remaining top-five universities included Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, which increased its position by three places to fourth, while Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey remains in fifth place.

Brazil is the country with the highest number of universities featuring in the ranking, with more than a third of all universities included and six of the top 10. A total of 52 Brazilian universities were included in this year’s ranking, compared to 43 last year. Chile remains the second most represented country with 30 universities, compared to 26 in 2018.

The following universities included in the ranking form part of Learn Chile. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (23), Universidad de Santiago de Chile (24), Universidad de La Frontera (42), Universidad de Valparaíso (43), Universidad de los Andes (47), Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (51), Universidad Autónoma de Chile (71), Universidad del Desarrollo (81) and Universidad del Bío-Bío (91).

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.

Check the full story in Santo Tomás Online

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

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.


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.

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