GERMAN AMBASSADOR HIGHLIGHTED THE POSSIBILITIES OF INTENSIFYING COOPERATION
AFTER VISITING THE CURICÓ AND TALCA CAMPUSES, THE DIPLOMAT WAS IMPRESSED BY THE QUALITY OF THE ACADEMIC WORK AND THE STRONG TIES WITH GERMAN UNIVERSITIES.
May 6, 2016
The Ambassador of Germany in Chile, Rolf Schulze, called our University a "privileged partner". He made a two-day visit to know the Curicó and Talca Campuses, meet with academics and learn about the work of our Academic Institution, which maintains strong links with institutions in that European country.
On his second day of visit, the diplomat met with a close to 20 alumni - academics that made their postgraduate studies in German universities and who work in institutes, faculties and technological centers of the Corporation. Later, he visited the Clinical Simulation Center, Dental Clinics, the Pomes Center and the Vine and Wine Center, concluding his journey at the “Lily Garafulic” room and the Main Hall of the Bicentennial building.
"I am very impressed by the academic level and by the many ties that the UTALCA has with German universities. I’m also impressed by the management of this University. It is an academic place, but at the same time an open meeting space for students, professors and industry. It seems ideal to me ", he said.
Schulze underlined two cooperation programs: one on engineering, through the German Service of Academic Exchange (DAAD) and the alliance with the Wilhelm Von Humboldt Institute for the Teaching of the German Language, LBI Campus, in Santiago. "In the Chilean university geography, the Universidad de Talca is a privileged partner," he said.
On the possibility of increasing these ties, he held that "there are many platforms such as DAAD, the Alexander Humboldt Foundation and other German organizations in the scientific and academic fields and there I see the possibilities of intensifying cooperation".
President Alvaro Rojas also stressed the ties with various German institutions and noted that the UTALCA is the one University that maintains close and deep relationship with Germany among all the higher education centers in Chile.
He pointed out that these links, beyond the student exchange program, extend to the scientific field, research, postgraduate studies and double degree. "It is a set of activities that we believe have deep corporate value and the importance is even greater in a model that in our next strategic plan will emphasize internationalization as a central point of our work", he pointed out.
Rojas said that it was appropriate to show the University to the Ambassador, who arrived in Chile seven months ago, so that he could develop "a weighted look at what the institution is and what the potential for a partnership, that we would like to strengthen further, are".
In his view, the projections are unlimited and are related to the generation of opportunities, contacts and agreements, that the President’s Office has sought to establish. "The conditions are there, what is missing is to eventually allocate resources and also advance a more focal development in areas, such as Economics, with the University of Bayreuth. We also have a tremendous responsibility in the training of professors of German at the Humboldt LBI Campus ", he said.
Summarizing the state of the ties with Germany, the president said that "we are in a growth and consolidation phase. We have something of a high value and potentiality, and now we have to make a leap to internationalize our graduate programs," he said.
In the same sense, Prorector Pablo Villalbos indicated that Germany "has a number of advantages in science, research, academic and student mobility. We have agreements with more than 20 institutions of higher education and research centers and, therefore, it is a huge potential that should be further developed."
Alumni who participated in the meeting with the Ambassador coincided in highlighting and thanking the training they received in Germany. The Director of the Pomes Center, José Antonio Yuri, said that period marked his life, because he learned the language, he did his PhD and formed a family. "I frequently return to Germany and I am grateful of the country and of the German people," he said along with recognizing that the links with Germany are due in large part to the management of the president.
Carlos Torres, Director of the Kipus Center for Engineering Systems, was doubly grateful for receiving first level training and then for counting with the support to return to Chile and now work in collaboration with German institutions, such as the Biomass Studies Center. He also highlighted the support of the German Government after the earthquake. "It allowed us to replace damaged equipment and advance in the implementation of these spaces in a very fast way", said Torres, who was Vice President for Reconstruction. The previous day, Rolf Schulze visited the Curicó Campus and also praised the academic level of the Department of Engineering, "which has developed world class technology and renewable energies". Dean Claudio Tenreiro highlighted the presence of the diplomat and the possibilities that are opened for that academic unit. "I frequently return to Germany and I am grateful of the country and of the German people. We hope that these ties will be further strengthened," he said.