University strengthens links with South America

Our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation, Professor Colin Grant, recently led a delegation of academics from leading universities to Chile.

The purpose of the trip was to learn more about the Chilean higher education system and strengthen links between the two countries. It was also to maximise opportunities offered by the Newton Fund.

Created by the UK, this fund will provide $20m to be used to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of Chile. The Ministry of Finance in Chile, Mr Alberto Arenas, recently announced the Chilean government will match this funding as it sees partnership working with the UK as beneficial for both countries.

Whilst in Chile, Professor Grant and the delegation visited Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Santiago de Chile and University for Development Studies as well as the Fundación Ciencia & Vida to explore future partnerships.

A Chilean representative said: This is the first important UK delegation to come to Chile. There are already existing activities for academic exchange, and there is a political declaration for Chile’s social strategy to achieve wider participation in education, but now the priority is to work together to identify what is needed to develop a shared strategy.”

Professor Grant being interviewed in Chile's leading daily financial Diario Financiero said: “Chilean universities have great strengths in astronomy and mining engineering, as well as a lot of experience in health. Our plans to raise our international profile depend upon strong research–led relationships with partner institutions across the globe and I see Chile as offering us that opportunity.”

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