Leading state universities from Chile and Brazil strengthen ties
Universidad de Chile and Universidade de São Paulo, ranked among the best universities in Latin America, will pursue joint research and doctoral exchange programs.
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Photo: Carlos Eduardo Rodríguez
The leading state universities of Brazil and Chile will strengthen ties in research next year after an envoy of officials from the Universidad de Chile recently traveled to the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) to sign a new round of agreements between the two higher education institutions.
That group included the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Vice Dean of Research and Development, and the Director of International Relations at the U. de Chile, all of whom were central to the negotiations.
The USP is the principal university in the Portuguese speaking nation, accounting for 22 percent of all scientific research produced in Brazil and coming in at first place in this year’s Scimago Institution’s (SI) Ibero-American Ranking, which ranks all the universities of Latin America as well as Spain and Portugal.
U. de Chile also distinguished itself in that ranking by the Spanish-based research organization, topping the representatives from Chile and coming in at tenth place on the overall list. Where the university was particularly dominate however (as was the case with all the Chilean institutions) was in the number of academic papers produced, with Chilean publications being the most highly cited in all of Latin America.
No doubt this was one of the primary motivations for the USP in pursuing this latest agreement, which will focus on strengthening joint research initiatives, doctoral exchange programs, and the development of investigation networks.
U. de Chile Dean Víctor Pérez Vera said that the venture vindicated the Chilean institute’s status as one of the leading universities in the region.
“The Universidad de Chile is extremely excited with this agreement for two fundamental reasons; the principal university in Brazil has recognized in our institution an equivalent in excellence, and together we can enhance investigative work and the formation of advanced human capital in Latin America,” he said.
This is the latest in a long history of collaboration between the two institutions that stretches back to 1979, and includes collaboration between the respective faculties of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Science, Business and Economics, Architecture and Urbanism and Dentistry.