New bilateral relations between Chile and Canada

CRUCH meeting - OUI - Universities Canada

Representatives from universities in Chile and Canada met on July 1 and 2 at the University of Los Lagos, Santiago Campus, with the purpose of identifying interests, areas and strategies for academic collaboration.


With the presence of the President of the IOHE, Rector Allan Cahoon (Royal Roads University, British Columbia), the Vice President of Universities Canada, Christine Tausig - Ford, the Director of International Relations of the University of Mac Master - Ontario; and on the Chilean side, the vice president of the IOHE of the Andean region, rector Oscar Garrido (University of Los Lagos) and representatives of the Council of Rectors, opened a broad debate on interests, challenges and opportunities for international academic cooperation.


The program considered an exchange round on the internationalization policies promoted in our country by public entities, such as CONICYT, DECYTI and CNICD, in order to understand the opportunities from Chilean universities from the perspective of an active link with Canadian universities .


At the same time, a wide exchange space was created with universities associated with OUI -University of Concepción, University of Valparaíso, University of Santiago, University of Talca, Austral University of Chile, Metropolitan Technological University and University of Los Lagos- which had opportunity to present the areas with the greatest potential for international collaboration.


Special interest was generated around postgraduate training, from the perspective of creating links for associated programs through co-tutoring experiences, as well as opportunities for student and academic mobility. Diverse areas of knowledge converged between the Chilean - Canadian priorities, both in the areas of health, social sciences, natural resources and marine sciences.


For the participants, this space was a way to formalize international ties that will certainly have an impact on the quality of higher education institutions.