The group was led by Vivienne Stern, director of the International Unit for Higher Education in the United Kingdom, who expressed her interest in maintaining a fluid and direct relationship with the universities of the Council of Rectors.
A group of representatives from the United Kingdom met with directors of international relations of the universities of the Council of Rectors, to discuss the lines of cooperation that can be opened between Chilean and British institutions.
The delegation was led by Vivienne Stern, director of the International Unit for Higher Education in the United Kingdom and made up of John Bramwell, director of the British Council for Latin America, Andrew Chadwick, director of the British Council in Chile, Karl Zammit and Ahyley Baker, representatives of the embassy and managers of the Newton Fund program.
On behalf of Cruch, Angélica Anabalón, from the Catholic University, Cecilia Collado, from the University of Concepción, Alejandro Rodríguez, from the University of Valparaíso, Dania Tristá, from the Universidad Católica del Norte, María Teresa Marshall, executive director of Cruch and Mariana González, in charge of studies at Cruch.
At the meeting, the interests of both parties were established to cooperate on issues of student exchange and joint research. On behalf of the United Kingdom, the representatives expressed their willingness to receive a Chilean delegation and present “related” institutions to develop joint projects. Chilean universities, meanwhile, stated that within their heterogeneity there was a high interest in developing or improving their relationships with British institutions.
Another topic that was discussed is the significant number of Chilean postgraduate students who are studying in England. This means that on their return, the work and contact between them and their English peers will be greater and universities should prepare at the institutional level to take advantage of this link.
The Newton Fund representatives added that next year will be a good time for Chilean universities to visit their counterparts in the United Kingdom, as Chile is one of the 15 countries eligible for these funds and the institutions there will be open to work in set. For this reason, they affirmed that the possibility of a visit would be more profitable in early 2015.
The meeting ended with the commitment to seek information that allows to shed light on the collaboration that already exists between Chilean and British institutions, in order to refine details about future meetings.
At the end of this meeting, various agreements were made to continue and support academic collaboration between CRUCH universities and those in the United Kingdom, for example, to collect information on the current state of academic work between the parties, maintain fluid communication on the advances and opportunities offered by the Newton Fund for Chilean universities, collaborate from the council of rectors and universities in the development of the postgraduate fair that will be organized by the British Council in November and finally work together with Universities UK in the perspective of organize a visit of CRUCH universities to the UK.