UTALCA CELEBRATED CIEPLANíS 40 YEARS OF CONTRIBUTING TO DEVELOPMENT
PRESIDENT ALVARO ROJAS HIGHLIGHTED THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE CORPORATION FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, A STRATEGIC ALLY OF OUR CORPORATION, HAS MADE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY.
November 10, 2016
"The contribution of the think tanks to public policies in Chile and Latin America", was the axis of the dialog that the Corporation for Latin American Studies (CIEPLAN) organized to celebrate its 40 years of existence.
The Minister of Finance, Rodrigo Valdés; the former chancellor and now senator, Ignacio Walker; together with the president of Cieplan, Alejandro Foxley, were the ones in charge of having an enlivened conversation, with numerous anecdotes of how several generations of researchers were born, recalling the birth and evolution of the entity.
In its quality as former "cieplanian", the Minister Valdés stressed that CIEPLAN was "without a doubt" the most influential studies center of the 90s, as their work was key to the design of public policies required by the country after the end of the dictatorship.
For his part, together with remembering and offering heartfelt words to the people and organizations that enabled the agency to become what it is today, Alejandro Foxley devoted a special recognition to its latest ally, the University of Talca.
"It is a good partnership, it works," he said on the agreement established between the two institutions at the end of 2014, which gave life to the Cieplan-UTALCA program whose objective is to promote research.
Together with celebrating the many fruits generated in the framework of this alliance, the economist emphasized that our corporation has two features that distinguish it: "It is a University of regional excellence, firstly, because of the development of the sciences, and secondly, for the impulse of culture and the arts".
The foregoing, he added, corresponds to an innovative vision. "In countries where there is real innovation and creativity it occurs this convergence between the creative disorder in the humanities and the rigor of the economic sciences, mathematics, etc., something that the University of Talca is doing and that needs to be done in all of Chile," he said.
In the opportunity, President Alvaro Rojas stressed that the focus of the Center has always been on how to improve the quality of life of Chileans, and that’s why for the UTALCA - for its role as public institution- an alliance as the one established with Cieplan was a natural step.
"The university is not cloistered, it is linked to networks, communities and, without a doubt, for a corporation like ours which has a relevant Department of Economics and Business (NPS) and a School of Public Administration in construction, to link with a key strategic partner for the development of public policies contributes with a different country view from the one that exists in the center, that takes into consideration what is done and built from the regions," he argued.
On that basis, Rojas valued the work done in the framework of the Cieplan-UTALCA Program. "Its fruits have been very positive, example of this are the various publications that have emerged. I believe that there is a degree of mutual satisfaction on the progress we have made together," he said.
In the same line, along with expressing his congratulations to Cieplan for the four decades of solid and constant work, the dean of the FEN, Arcadio Cerda, said that the results of the work between both institutions has met and even exceeded initial expectations.
"We have developed a series of conferences and joint studies, which allow us to contribute a fresh look onto the socio-economic phenomena that are marking the evolution in the countries of the region," he said.
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