Alain Boutet, Director of International Relations Dalhousie University

We can generate an important collaboration agenda

After participating in this meeting, in your opinion: what are the real alternatives for collaboration between Caldo and the Council of Rectors?
There are many, but what we have to do from now on is to try to identify the priority issues to develop the work between the universities. These are those where there is experience, where there is critical mass and in areas that are of excellence in the institutions and also, where there is support from research professors and we can add graduate students. If this preliminary work is done well, we could enter into a collaboration to facilitate the mobility of the students, the training of them at the graduate level and also encourage joint research. The other important thing is that doctoral research can be linked with various sectors, not only with the academy, but with the government sector and the productive sector, to add this international experience to the training of this type of students, but also more approach to other sectors.

What can CALDO offer to the universities of the Council of Rectors?
CALDO is a group of universities that are part of the U-15 group in Canada, which are the 15 largest research universities in the country. They group together a critical mass of research and doctoral programs and this is a significant percentage of what is produced in the country. The same as in the Cruch universities, which we know represent more than 80% from graduate programs and from research and publications. At CALDO we think that by working in a network with other groups of universities, in this case with Cruch in Chile, we can generate an important cooperation agenda.

There are several similarities between the two groups of universities
Yes, we have topics of common interest and we have common experiences in Canada and Chile, so we can make a good match between the Caldo universities and the Cruch universities. Just as Cruch has institutions from different regions, the CALDO universities also, so we hope that we can establish sustainable cooperation.
During this workshop we have seen that Canadian universities have a lot of flexibility regarding the organization of their doctorates.

How can this be reconciled with the reality of Chilean doctorates?

We have to discuss that with the Cruch. We must see how to facilitate or support this process of flexibility in doctoral training and see how we can work with different models of doctoral training between our universities and those of Chile. It is necessary to see which are the best ones to establish this type of cooperation.

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