Within the framework of the agreement signed between the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities and the Group of Eight of Australia, an entity that associates the eight main universities with excellence in research and development, a visit to Australia is organized which aims to know opportunities for academic collaboration in the fields of undergraduate and graduate research and teaching between both entities.
The CRUCH - G ° 8 agreement seeks to promote collaboration for the internationalization of higher education, facilitating the exchange of information and the rapprochement between the scientific and academic communities of the parties.
The visit was organized by the International Relations Committee, chaired by Rector Víctor Cubillos, summoning all the rectors of the Council and establishing a program of activities in Australia in coordination with the executive direction of the Group of Eight. The program included participation in the quarterly session of the rectors of Australian universities, which was scheduled to take place at the National University of Australia (ANU) located in Canberra. The main conclusions of this dialogue can be summarized in the following points:
to) Promote both English and Spanish as a second language, in order to facilitate academic exchange and collaboration.
b) Seek funds that facilitate academic exchange and access to existing opportunities in Chile and Australia.
c) Promote bilateral agreements between universities in order to facilitate the mobility and development of research projects.
d) Identify areas of research interest more precisely and selectively.
and) Organize an annual seminar that facilitates exchange on strategic topics in higher education.
The program considered the visit to six universities:
1. Sydney university
2. University of New South Wales
3. National University of Australia
4. Melbourne University
5. Monash University
6. Queensland University
At the same time, participation in AIEC (Australian International Education Conference. Melbourne 2012) was organized, in a panel on Chile with the participation of Rector Víctor Cubillos as a panelist. The conference explored the international role in the development of education and research in the 21st century. While the focus was on cooperative relations with Asia, at the same time the potential for collaboration with other regions was being examined. The organization had the character of a global dialogue, addressing panels with specific policy and practice issues. In the panel on Chile, together with the presentation by Rector Cubillos, there was a presentation by the University of Queensland and the cooperative relationship with Chilean universities and finally an intervention by a Chilean student from Becas Chile.
And at the same time, a visit to QUESTACOM, an institution located in Canberra aimed at disseminating and training in science for children and young people.