Between 30 May and 4 June 12 Chilean universities presented themselves in the United States during the educational services fair organized by NAFSA (Association of International Educators), an event that allowed Chilean academic institutions to present their complete selection of programs to attract foreign students.
The primordial objective of the South American country’s universities was to promote educational services, especially those where the country offers competitive advantages and high export potential, such as for example courses in Spanish on the wine industry, mining, astronomy, aquaculture and adventure tourism, among others. In addition, the event was also used to expand student exchange agreements with foreign universities.
Chile participated in the event, which attracted close to 7,500 exhibitors from all over the world, with a 72 m2 pavilion representing 12 of the country’s accredited universities: Universidad
Católica, Finis Terrae, Universidad de Los Andes, Andrés Bello, Mayor, Federico Santa María, Universidad de Valparaíso, Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad del Pacífico, Diego Portales, Universidad del Desarrollo and UNIACC.
According to data from the Council for Higher Education, the country has currently positioned itself as one of the main destinations for foreign students when choosing undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Thus, in2009 close to 7,000 foreign students enrolled in Chilean universities, mostly concentrated on Latin American students in the case of postgraduate studies and students from the United States, the European Union and Asia in the case of academic exchanges.
Sergio Seguel, deputy national territorial and sectoral director for ProChile, the institution in charge of promoting the country abroad, says that Chile has become “a center that articulates innovation, research and technological development, in addition to presenting modern infrastructure and communicational progress in higher education, which makes it an attractive destination for this type of activity.”