Between January and March 2011, the number of new Chilean students entering the Australian education system increased by 15% compared to the same period the previous year.
In order to strengthen international ties, the Council of Rectors signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the alliance of the main Australian universities, the Group of Eight.
Through this Memorandum, the Chilean universities belonging to Cruch, and the eight most important universities in Australia, agreed to establish a cooperative alliance on topics such as research projects, technology transfer, mobility of undergraduate and postgraduate students, and research commercialization.
"Our country and our universities are at a particularly propitious moment to promote debate and academic cooperation at the international level", highlighted the rector Víctor Pérez Executive Vice President of the Council.
The rector also recognized that a growing number of postgraduate students from Chile have traveled to specialize in Australian universities in areas such as mining, technology, agriculture and education, so this memorandum strengthens an existing relationship.
University exchange between Chile and Australia
According to figures from the Australian Embassy, in 2010 there were about 1,700 Chilean students enrolled in study programs in Australia, most of them doing English programs and undergraduate and postgraduate university studies. It should be noted that between January and March 2011, the number of new Chilean students entering the Australian educational system increased by 15% compared to the same period the previous year.
Similarly, Rector Pérez stressed that the signing of this memorandum opens up new opportunities for Chilean universities, "we are convinced that from this alliance we will be able to grant greater opportunities to our students, and enrich scientific research."