Canadian and Chilean universities discuss internationalization in doctorates

The CALDO group from Canada and the Cruch universities agreed to work on a framework agreement to analyze the exchange possibilities in a meeting organized at the University of La Frontera, Pucón headquarters.

In order to share an analysis and exchange on doctoral training in Chilean and Canadian universities, seeking alternatives for academic collaboration in the near future, a group of Canadian universities from the CALDO consortium and the universities of the Council of Rectors.

The program contemplated sharing the strategies for the internationalization of doctoral training, the support experiences to achieve quality results and define alternatives for academic collaboration in these matters.

CALDO brings together nine leading research and graduate universities, especially seeking to support graduate students through bilateral mobility and collaboration in scientific research. The group was represented by six universities: University of Ottawa, University of Laval, University of Dalhouisie, Western University (Ontario), University of Saskatchewan and University of Alberta. Universities from the north, center and south of the country participated from Cruch.

At the meeting, the universities of the Council of Rectors expressed their interests and expectations for an academic collaboration with the institutions of CALDO. They also highlighted interests related to emerging research topics at their universities, such as migration, indigenous peoples, biomedicine, natural resource management, renewable energy, teacher training, among others. In addition, they pointed to other challenges such as the transfer of knowledge to society, be it productive sectors, public policies, civil society; and the institutional and international strengthening of the postgraduate departments.

The group of academics from Canada raised the need to identify active areas of academic collaboration between the universities of Cruch and CALDO and a commitment was made to advance in common lines of research, which will allow future meetings between the respective academic communities.

Among the main conclusions and agreements were progress in the definitions for the development of co-tutoring and double degree programs in doctoral training; identify alternatives for the development of exchange in good practices of linkage with the industry and technology transfer; generate information systems on scientific activity that bring together academics from Chile and Canada (CALDO), which will subsequently allow strengthening the internationalization of doctoral training and finally, establish a framework agreement CRUCH-CALDO that facilitates and promotes academic collaboration in research and doctoral training between Chile and Canada.