The Colombian Association of Universities and the Council of Rectors opened a space for dialogue and exchange on the trajectory and perspective of postgraduate training in Colombia and Chile, in order to advance towards greater academic collaboration.
The meeting was held in Bogotá on October 8 of this month, within the framework of visits organized by the Postgraduate Advisory Commission of the Council of Rectors to said country; which also included meetings with universities in Bogotá and Medellín.
This dialogue involved eight CRUCH universities - Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad Federico Santa María, Universidad Católica del Norte, Universidad de Valparaíso, Universidad de Talca, Universidad de Antofagasta and Universidad de La Frontera - those that sought to strengthen their internationalization strategies in doctoral training.
For Ziomara Zarur, general secretary of ASCUN, "the presence of Chilean universities commits us to seek a human bond and reach agreements for joint work and generate greater reciprocity." On the other hand, for María Teresa Marshall, executive director of CRUCH, "this meeting represents another milestone to strengthen academic collaboration, hoping to give continuity to these debates in future activities to be developed in Chile."
The work of ASCUN as an association of universities is similar to the tasks undertaken at CRUCH in the field of research networks, academic innovation, postgraduate studies and internationalization. Along with recognizing common ties, both entities undertook to facilitate ties between Colombian and Chilean universities; at the same time generating the link between the agencies that support scientific development and international cooperation.
The group of postgraduate directors of the nine universities of the Council of Rectors met with their peers from the National University of Colombia, the University of Los Andes, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, the University of Antioquia and the National University of Medellín. In each of these meetings, the orientations of doctoral training were shared - in terms of areas of knowledge, quality assurance systems, financing and international collaboration strategies - in order to identify fields of common interest and ways to achieve academic collaboration. between Chilean and Colombian universities.
Knowing the strengths of these universities - state and private - constitutes a great impulse in the search for a more systematic collaboration; recognizing complementary areas that will make it possible in the near future to advance joint mobility programs for graduate students and academics; and at the same time, in joint tutelage and double degree. For both parties, a conversation has been opened that must be retaken and specified to bear fruit, both in each university and through the respective associations, such as the Council of Rectors and ASCUN.