GROWING COLLABORATION WITH UNIVERSITY OF SIEGEN

ULF RICHTER, CHANCELLOR OF THAT GERMAN INSTITUTION, MET WITH PRESIDENT ÁLVARO ROJAS TO EXPAND THE CURRENT JOINT WORK BETWEEN BOTH CORPORATIONS.



March 24, 2016

Chancellor Ulf Richter, from the University of Siegen, Germany, made a protocol visit to our Corporation to extend and deepen the current academic exchange and institutional collaboration in the areas with the highest similarities. He met with President Álvaro Rojas, Prorector Paul Villalobos, and the Director of International Relations, Carolina Torres at the Main Office, in Talca, to analyze the potential of both universities.

Richter took a tour of the Talca Campus and the Curicó Campus, where he met various academic units and technological centers. “I see many opportunities for cooperation. I am very impressed with the growth of the University of Talca and I think that there are great possibilities of collaboration in different areas. And to start increasing the student exchange,” said Richter. President Rojas pointed out that generating new ties with foreign institutions is one of the objectives of the Corporation.

“Internationalization is one of the great challenges that any university that becomes more complex (...) it must promote agreements, to generate conditions so that we can mobilize people and work together,” he said. Likewise, Prorector Villalobos stressed that the German academic institution has very similar academic and research units as the UTALCA. “Therefore, there is much in common in order to develop a higher level work between both universities,” he said.

He added that President Rojas visited the European corporation in 2013, which had previously —through some of its academics— collaborated with engineers and architects after the 2010 earthquake, helping with the reconstruction of Cauquenes and Chanco. To President Rojas, it is in Architecture where the greatest alternative of joint work rests, as well as in the Department of Engineering. The University of Siegen, founded in 1972, has a student community of almost 17 500 undergraduate and graduate students.

13.5% of its students are foreigners. This German corporation has four Departments: Arts, Education, Architecture and Arts; Business, Economics and Commercial Law; and Science and Engineering.



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