106 PHD STUDENTS HAVE BEEN TRAINED AT THE CORPORATION

THE LAST TEN GRADUATES RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS IN A CEREMONY MARKED BY THE SOLEMNITY, THE SATISFACTION OF THE AUTHORITIES AND THE PRIDE OF THE DOCTORS AND THEIR FAMILIES.



May 2, 2017

A new milestone reached our University when surpassing 100 PhDs trained in the highest level of complexity in the institution, which reflects the virtuous development that our Academic Institution has had in only three and a half decades of existence, according to President Alvaro Rojas at the graduation ceremony, marked by the formalities imposed by the academic tradition.
 
The highest authorities of the Corporation and relatives of the new doctors accompanied them in this moment of culmination of a formative process of the highest requirement.
 
The ten new graduates are Carlos Alberto Navarro, David Ramirez, Francisco Adasme,  of the PhD in Applied Sciences from  the Department of Engineering and the Institute of Chemistry of Natural Resources; Miguel Garriga and Maria Alejandra Yáñez, in Agricultural Sciences, from on the Department of Agriculture; Pyarasani Radha Devi, Ricardo Castro, Oscar Forero and Felipe Jiménez, PhDs in Sciences with Mention in Research and Development of Bioactive Products, from Institute of Chemistry of Natural Resources, and Samuel Morales, PhD in Sciences with Mention in Plant Genetic Engineering, imparted by the Institute of Biological Sciences.
 
With them, the number of doctors trained at the University since 2001, when the doctoral program began, amounts to 106.
Speaking at the ceremony, held at the “Abate Molina” Hall of Honor, President Rojas underlined the significance of the academic act for both the graduates and for a young institution, which has demonstrated a virtuous development.
 
"This ceremony gives an account, on the other hand, about the maturity of an institution that is advancing at a rapid pace to the complexity of university work, in a world where improvisation, the development of superficial images and, why not saying it, the trivialization of the idea of a university predominate," emphasized the president.
 
 
At the same time he spoke about the challenges that the Corporation had to face in a process that demanded the consolidation of their human capital, generating own executives and, at the same time, through the attraction of leading national and foreign scientists that joined the university project.
 
"Today, as we advance decidedly towards institutional maturity, the University of Talca exhibits the highest rate of postgraduate training of academics in the national university system", he emphasized.
 
He also stressed that the development of the graduate degrees has been eloquent, given that "today, all academic units develop some type of program. The offer of this year included eight doctoral programs, 27 master's degrees and five dental specialties”.
 
 Accreditation Rate
 
 
"The seal of quality of these programs was validated by its high rate of accreditation in the order of 73%, the highest in Chile. During the last year three new doctoral programs, five master's degrees and the first two dental specialties have been accredited. At present, the historic enrollment of graduate students reaches 4 770, of which 2,627 have graduate to date“, said Rojas.
 
He recalled that the PhD programs started in 2001 and "Today we celebrate the have exceeded 100 graduates at the highest academic level of training that a university can provide."
 
The president also mentioned the institutional support that has enabled this growth, expressed in the Doctoral Fellowship from the University that, for this year, plans to deliver nearly US$1 million for living and fees for the students, several of them foreigners.
 
He also stated that one of the challenges of postgraduate studies is its internationalization and he mentioned the new policy of co-tutoring with leading universities in the world, in which the students will be able to develop part of their graduation theses.
 
"We are proud of these advances, but certainly it challenges us also to continue to grow and provide training and development opportunities to hundreds of graduates of our University and others who have opted for our model of training," said the academic authority.
 
From Various Countries

Among the board of directors of the University, the Director of the Graduate School, Rodrigo Giacaman, said that the 106 PhD graduates to date correspond to six doctoral programs. "26 of them are foreigners and come from countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Cuba, Uruguay, Brazil, India and Iran," he stressed.
 
On behalf of the graduates, Doctor Felipe Jiménez congratulated their colleagues and the University "for their achievement at graduating more than 100 doctors since 2001 with the opening of the doctorate programs with mentions in Plant Genetic Engineering and in Science with mention in Research and Development of Bioactive Products."
 
Recalling his four years of training, he shared some lessons learned, one of them on the importance of teamwork. "We will obtain the best results when we work together, boosting our skills. This not only in the professional field, but also personally," he said.
 
He stressed the need to "get out of our comfort zone" because you learn more "when we strive and create" and advised the new doctors to be "brave, daring and willing to take risks, either by sending a paper to a high impact journal or to a Millennium Project, or in simple things of daily life". Also, he advised to have goals and work hard, but also enjoy life, bearing in mind the importance of family and friends along with enjoying the work.



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