OUR UNIVERSITY MOVES TOWARDS GREATER SOUTH- SOUTH COOPERATION
THE RECENT AGREEMENT SIGNED WITH THE UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE SAN MARTÍN, ARGENTINA, OPENS NEW PERSPECTIVES FOR THE EXCHANGE OF ACADEMICS AND STUDENTS.
May 27, 2016
A further step to consolidate the South-South relationship between higher education institutions was made by our University when a delegation from our Academic Institution traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to hold a series of meetings with authorities from the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Unsam).
The group from our University included President Álvaro Rojas, Claudio Tenreiro, Dean of the Department of Engineering, and Eduardo Aguirre, academic from the School of Architecture,.
The Unsam is a free-of-cost, national and state University established in 1992. It has four Schools: Science and Technology, Economy and Business, Humanities and Politics and Government, and it does research and teaching in applied, basic and health sciences, as well as in Social Sciences and Humanities.
As a result from the program developed at the trans-Andean University, its president, Rafael Ruta and President Rojas signed a cooperation agreement that will promote the exchange of academics and students.
In the meetings also participated the deans of the Research and Environmental Engineering Institute, Jorge Fernández; of Architecture, Design and Urbanism, Fabián de la Fuente, and of the School of Science and Technology, Francisco Parisi, all from the Usam.
On the establishment of these relations, Alvaro Rojas said that our Corporation " has looked a lot to the North, but it should also look to the South, and we want to consolidate a South-South cooperation". In that regard, he recalled that a partnership with the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Uncuyo), in Mendoza, Argentina, and with the Universidad de Campinas, Brazil, has already been built.
"The Unsam is an excellent, modern and innovative state University, created 25 years ago, and is located in Buenos Aires, an important city, not only to Latin America but also worldwide," he said.
He added that that institution is also a model in many topics and, in his opinion, significant progress can be made in the fields of engineering, architecture and also in biotechnology. "It will also be an opportunity to make our students travel, and our academics could also have some sort of mobility and we are hopefully that we can achieve the great challenge of creating double-degree programs or PhDs with co-supervision, which is the modern way of achieving a greater level of internationalization that the one achieved so far", he emphasized.
For his part, Professor Eduardo Aguirre said that the agreement signed by both institutions provides a framework for exchange activities with the School of Architecture from the Unsam.
On this issue, he said that the meetings held with Dean Fabián de la Fuente and other authorities from the respective academic unit "have identified affinities in the ways of teaching architecture and defined a common approach in both Schools to a discipline strongly rooted in the territory”.
"The Unsam School of Architecture is much younger and has no graduates, yet, so that the program model and the Work Workshops of our School, as distinctive activities of the architects trained in Talca, were presented", he said.
"They develop an annual interdisciplinary research project workshop, to which they had previously invited a Professor from our School to give a lecture, and there is a new invitation for this year’s version", he added.
Eduardo Aguirre said that the agreement will also permit the generation of short annual stays by students and professors in both places and "will open the doors to students who wish to study one semester in Buenos Aires, as a collaboration in related fields of research".