Rectors visit European universities to strengthen strategic cooperation alliances

 A delegation made up of six CRUCH rectors participated in the Mission to Europe 2016 that was carried out during May to higher education institutions in France, Poland, Germany and Ireland with the aim of strengthening international cooperation links.

 With the aim of strengthening cooperation alliances between the Council of Rectors and European universities, as well as exchanging experiences in areas such as quality assurance, accreditation of binational programs and the national qualification framework, a delegation of six CRUCH rectors participated in the Mission Europe 2016, which included visits to higher education institutions in France, Poland, Germany and Ireland, between May 9 and 20.


The official delegation was made up of the rector Aldo Valle, Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors and rector of the University of Valparaíso; Diego Durán, rector of the Universidad Católica del Maule (UCM); Claudio Elórtegui, rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (PUCV); Sergio Bravo, rector of the Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO); Jaime Espinosa, rector of the Metropolitan University of Education Sciences (UMCE); and Christian Schmitz, rector of the Catholic University of the Holy Conception (UCSC).


The Mission to Europe 2016, organized by the Academic Development Area of the General Secretariat of the Council of Rectors, also had the participation of academics and other university authorities. Among them: Ricardo Herrera, Director of Institutional Analysis of the Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO); Marcos Avilés, Director of International Relations of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV); Margarita Pastene, Director of Liaison at the University of Playa Ancha (UPLA).

The programming included in the first place the visit to France, between May 9 and 12; then to Poland, between May 12 and 13; then to Germany, between May 17 and 18; and finally to Ireland, between May 18 and 20.


According to the Academic Director of the CRUCH General Secretariat, Christian Blanco, who coordinated the schedule of visits, “specific objectives were established for each of the countries, in accordance with the CRUCH Development Plan for 2016 and considering the invitations from different countries ”. In this way, cooperation alliances with France were strengthened, experiences were shared on quality assurance and accreditation of binational programs in Germany, a cooperation agreement was signed in Poland and there was an opportunity to learn more about the qualification model. from Ireland.



The delegation's visit to France responded to an invitation to the rectors from the French embassy, within the framework of cooperation agreements in force between both countries. The invitation of the French government had the objective of making the French Higher Education System known to the rectors of the CRUCH, for which meetings were held in various organizations and institutions: with the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research of France, the Chilean Embassy in France, AgroParisTech, the Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC), Campus France, the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), and the University of Montpellier. In the latter, two research centers were visited, in the areas of biological sciences (CEFE) and, in robotics and microelectronics (LIRMM).



Meanwhile, the central focus of the visit to Poland was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council of Rectors and the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland, CRASP, (Conference of Rectors of Institutions of Higher Education in Poland), the which had been managed since the CRUCH since the end of 2015.

The signing of the agreement will open new opportunities for collaboration in the areas of teacher mobility, joint research, academic events, information exchange, short-term programs and professional development initiatives.


This joint work agreement between CRUCH and CRASP contemplates for 2017, the holding of the Ignacio Domeyko International Seminar, which will bring together university and academic authorities from Poland and Chile in our country. The stay in Poland also included a visit to the Ochota Campus of the University of Warsaw to learn about the experience of the recently created UW Biological and Chemical Research Center, an activity organized by CRASP.



As to France, the visit to Germany was also due to an invitation extended to CRUCH by the German government, and its purpose was to participate in a Chilean-German Meeting of Rectors in the city of Bonn, which brought together the Chilean delegation and members of the Conference of Rectors of Germany (HRK) on topics such as current trends in higher education in both countries, the internationalization process, quality assurance, social innovation and sustainable development. The tour of Germany also included a visit to the Technical University of Dortmund to see the Technology Park and a series of social innovation initiatives.



Finally, the visit to Ireland aimed to learn about the experiences of the National Qualifications Framework, of the universities of the Irish University Association (IUA), the Quality and Qualifications Irland (QQI) agency, as well as Trinity College and University College Dublin. , among other. On the occasion, the foundations were also laid to advance in a future collaboration agreement between CRUCH and the counterpart association in Ireland, which will allow closer relations between universities in both countries.


By CRUCH Communications Area