Founded in 1425, the University of KU Leuven is the largest and best positioned university in Belgium. One of the oldest and most valued in Europe, it is amongst the 40 top universities in the world (according to Times Higher Education Ranking). It is with this prestigious institution Universidad de la Frontera has held – since 2009 – a successful international collaboration, which from this year on, will grow significantly thanks to the acquisition of two important partnerships, a frame of cooperation and a double degree for the Science in Natural Resources PhD program.
It is a milestone for UFRO in its commitment to further its internationalization process, opening new opportunities for relationships for undergraduate and postgraduate programs, which materialized during the recent visit made by a delegation of authorities and researchers of this university to Belgium, consisting of the Vice-Rector of Research and Postgraduate, Dr. Eduardo Hebel: the Director of International Cooperation, Dr. Pamela Leal; Director of Doctorate in Science and Natural Resources, Dr. Francisco Matus, and the doctors Adison Altamirano (Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Science), María Cristina Diez (Director of CIDGRO-UFRO), Jorge Farías (Director of the Chemical Engineering Department) and Mihaela Vancea (researcher of the Scientific Nucleus in Social Sciences).
Both partnership agreements were signed by the Rector of KU Leuven, Dr. Rik Torfs, and by the Vice-Rector of Research and Postgraduates, Dr. Eduardo Hebel, on behalf of the Rector Sergio Bravo. In this regard, the Vice-Rector stated that these partnership agreements are of strategic importance to UFRO in the sense that they contribute to the university’s visibility and internationalization, while the postgraduates programs are in direct line with what the university has been promoting, such as stablishing relationships with universities and multidisciplinary scientific groups.
In this sense, the director of UFRO International Cooperation, Dr. Pamela Leal, added that with this important alliance, and along with promoting the undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the spaces to generate high impact partnerships are broadening in different areas.
“These partnerships, for undergraduate and postgraduate programs, are a milestone in the internationalization of UFRO, because KU Leuven ranks 34th on a global level and they have very few international partnerships with dual degree, and only five of those partnerships are with foreign universities. The one they signed with our institution is one of them”, said the director.
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