UTALCA AND BAYREUTH U. START JOINT ACTIVITIES
STUDENTS AND ACADEMICS MET WITH THEIR CHILEAN COUNTERPARTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN A PROJECT THAT WILL ANALYZE, ON A BILATERAL BASIS, MATTERS RELATED TO THE BUSINESS WORLD.
April 7, 2017
With a one week stay of a delegation of 15 students and two academics from the University of Bayreuth (Germany) was launched the framework agreement of collaboration between this entity and our Academic Institution.
This was possible after Professor Torsten Kulhmann, from the German institution, and Patricio Sanchez, Director of the Business Management program at the Santiago Campus, were awarded a project from the Bavarian Government that allowed multinational working groups in the field of business between students from both corporations.
President Alvaro Rojas valued the establishment of these ties which, as noted, are an example of the path that aims to consolidate the UTALCA. "The expectations of every university is to consolidate its international relations, networks and scientific and student exchange that are part of the modern university that we want to be today," he said.
The Authority also noted that this type of initiatives make it possible to give "an international and global look in the training of our students."
Along with expressing his satisfaction with this advancement, the president also expanded the prospects of the alliance with the Bayreuth. "Our Department of Economics and Business is carrying out a whole development in the field of the Master’s Degree and the Doctoral Program in Economics. It is our intention that they become dual degree programs, that is to say, that the graduate program be recognized both in Chile and in Germany, first the Master’s and then a Doctorate," he said.
It should be noted that the Universität Bayreuth is a public institution founded in 1975 and is situated to the north of Bavaria. Almost 10% of the students are foreigners; it has around a hundred of collaboration agreements with universities in other countries and exchange programs with 160 universities in Europe.
During their stay, the German delegation worked for a week with their peers, with whom they also visited companies like Siemens, BASF, among others, the port of Valparaiso, and wineries from the Maule Region.
In addition, they participated in talks at ProChile and in the Chilean-German Chamber of Commerce.
Meanwhile, throughout the semester the young students will review together various issues. At the end of that period, the national group will travel to Germany in the month of June to develop a series of activities, including the presentation of the conclusions of the work.
In this context, Professor Sánchez, stressed the importance for the German institution of the work with the UTALCA. "You can have hundreds of agreements in the world, but strategically they are linking with very few institutions and we were considered a strategic partner, that is to say, beyond the activity with students, the intention is that there is activity among academics, research, dual degree programs ", he stressed.
The Director of International Relations at the UTALCA, Carolina Torres, agreed that "this project is to promote the development of our students. It is really a partnership that is going to be an example to be followed by others which is the strengthening and the actual activities that can be made in the framework of these collaboration agreements".
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