Ties strengthened between Bath and Argentine Chamber of Commerce

Delegates of the Argentine-UK Trade Mission 2011, visited the University in May as part of their business tour organised by the British–Argentine Chamber of Commerce in Argentina.

The University is a long-standing member of the Chamber which has done much to promote the name of the University in Argentina. Since 2002 the Chamber has hosted a number of our IMML Spanish students on placement in Buenos Aires. Many of the students have maintained close links with the Chamber and some have gone on to find employment in Argentina.

Accompanied by Professor George Lunt, ex-Deputy Vice-Chancellor, and Simon Bond, Director of Innovation & Networks, the delegation visited the Innovation Centre, followed by a session with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kevin Edge, Dr Peter Lambert and Silvana Stanford to discuss further collaborations.

Delegates of the Argentine-UK Trade Mission 2011 meet staff from the University

The purpose of the visit to the Innovation Centre was to learn how UK universities connect with companies, entrepreneurs and investors to foster a cluster of innovative businesses around them. The delegation was impressed by the UK's commitment to carbon reduction and the stimulation this is giving environmental technology companies in particular.

Bath's Innovation Centre Director, Simon Bond, said: "The ties between the UK and Argentina date back to the country's independence and Bath's ties, through the Chamber, allow us to look forward together to reciprocity in business and education."

Monica Mesz, Executive Director of the Chamber, said: “The visit was very important to reinforce the liaisons between the University of Bath and the Chamber. Our delegates took great interest while visiting the extraordinary facilities of Bath University.

"We look forward to combining our efforts to foster the successful performance of IMML Spanish students in Argentina and promote higher visibility of the University of Bath and its activities through our website and e-newsletters.”

Monica makes a point of maintaining informal contact with several alumni of the University who are now working in Buenos Aires.

Silvana Stanford, IMML Placements Coordinator & Student Exchanges Manager, said: “We are very interested to continue and increase our collaboration with the Chamber as Argentina is a very popular destination for our IMML Spanish students.”

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