The international relations commission of the Council of Rectors has initiated a line of work with the United Kingdom embassy with the aim of promoting collaboration between CRUCH universities and their peers in the United Kingdom.
In this framework, on December 12 just last, a meeting was held in London between the Council of Rectors and Universities UK, a body that brings together British universities whose historical antecedent is the Committee of Rectors and Directors of the Universities of the United Kingdom created in 1918 (For more information; www.universitiesuk.ac.uk).
The purpose of the meeting was to analyze ongoing activities and specify future actions between Chilean and British universities. The meeting was attended by the person in charge for the Americas of the International Unit Mr. Sean O'Connor, Ms. Mariana González, in charge of studies at CRUCH, and Mr. Cristian León, in charge of Culture and Education at the Embassy. Chilean in the UK. The CRUCH confirmed in this meeting its availability to participate in a mission of the CRUCH universities to the United Kingdom to be held in April 2015. It also made it possible to advance in the coordination of said activity with Universities UK.
The visit will aim to strengthen ties and explore new collaboration partners, advance joint research projects and collaboration in postgraduate training. Due to the multiple interests raised by the CRUCH universities regarding the thematic focuses of the visit, three areas will be prioritized: health sciences, engineering, biotechnology and food, earth sciences and natural resources. The activities include a seminar dedicated to innovation in doctoral training that will be attended by all local universities and visits to universities in London and other British cities.
This meeting consolidates the line of work promoted by the international relations commission, which has two antecedents: first, the visit made to the Council of Rectors last May by the Director of the International Unit of Universities UK, Mrs. Vivienne Stern. Second, the involvement and interest of the British embassy to disseminate the opportunities offered by the Newton Fund and its calls to CRUCH universities, which was reflected in a conference with the directors of International Relations in September in Concepción. To date, a dozen CRUCH universities throughout the country have shown interest in being part of the mission to the United Kingdom.