Fourteen CRUCH universities visit the United Kingdom and establish cooperative ties in strategic areas

The areas of cooperation seek to strengthen research, postgraduate training and the link between universities and the productive sector.

The rector of the Catholic University of the Santísima Concepción, Juan Cancino, led the CRUCH university delegation that visited nine universities in the cities of London, Reading, Nottingham, Coventry and Brisitol.

 
Between April 27 and May 1, a delegation of fourteen CRUCH universities led by the rector of the Catholic University of the Holy Conception, Juan Cancino, visited various universities in the United Kingdom in order to establish links to generate greater academic associativity in the field of research and postgraduate studies.

 The program, designed between Universities UK (a body that currently brings together 133 universities in the United Kingdom) and the Council of Rectors, with the support of the Embassy of Great Britain in Chile, allowed the members of the delegation to make contact with particularly interested institutions in collaboration with Chile. At the same time, they attended a discussion seminar on opportunities in the field of mobility and joint project development, in which more than thirty universities in the UK, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland participated. 

The visiting itinerary included Goldsmiths, Queen Mary, Imperial College, Kings College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in London; also the universities of Nottingham, Bristol and Reading, located in the cities of the same name, and the University of Warwick, in Coventry. 

As for the delegation, together with the rector of the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, it was made up of authorities and representatives of the universities of Chile, Católica de Chile, de Concepción, Católica de Valparaíso, Austral de Chile, Católica del Norte, Valparaíso, Bío Bío, La Frontera, Magallanes, Talca, Tarapacá, and Católica del Maule. 

  

Areas of cooperation

Although the visit was considered a first step to generate a systematic and institutional collaboration, each Chilean university managed to establish links in various areas, such as humanities and social sciences, bio-medical sciences, engineering, teacher training, astronomy, science of the life, energy and sustainability, agriculture and food production, among others.

It should be noted that the link between Universities UK and the Council of Rectors has been of special relevance when designing follow-up strategies, debate about the higher education systems in both countries, and dialogue with entities that develop and regulate the system. British, such as Research Council and Quality Assurance System.