Learn Chile arrived for the second time in Peru and, on this occasion, Arequipa was chosen as a destination for the Post-graduate and Continuing Education Learn Chile Expo, which took place on April 26 and 27. Both the students who came to consult the stands of participating partner universities, as well as the higher education institutions of this city that participated in the networking, showed great interest in learning about the postgraduate educational offer of Chile.
In fact, those who came to the stands of the fair, came looking for specific information on the subject and the type of program they wanted to attend. “There was a lot of interest in magister programs in industrial engineering and mining engineering. As well as in doctorates in law and psychology. On the other hand, the question arose about the possibility of dictating programs of magister in Arequipa “, commented Marcos Avilez, director of Learn Chile.
During the first day, after the welcome of the Director of the Economic Department of the Chilean Embassy in Peru, Helmut Eichhorn, the director of Learn Chile gave a presentation of the work of this consortium of universities to peer networks in Peru, such as REDISUR and the Peruvian Network for the Internationalization of University Higher Education and representatives of Arequipa’s universities.
Both networks participated in the Binational Panel “Relevance of networks for internationalization processes, their perspectives and challenges”, in which emerged the need to promote the internationalization of our universities in Latin America, through a coordinated work of the networks of Peru, Colombia and Chile.
In the afternoon, a networking meeting was held between Higher Education Institutions of Chile and Peru, in which more than a hundred meetings were scheduled to establish collaboration and exchange ties with Peruvian universities. “There was a lot of interest in doing mobility programs. Also in relation to the network of Learn Chile in an integral way”, stressed Avilez.
The next day was inaugurated by the keynote speech “Artificial Intelligence and the Knowledge Revolution: World Class Experiences”, dictated by Chilean academics Héctor Allende and Claudio Elórtegui. “The talk was of a very high level and managed to inspire several of the attendees in the use of artificial intelligence and the completion of postgraduate studies,” concluded the director of Learn Chile.
The postgraduate fair, with 10 stands in which the offer of the partner universities of Learn Chile was announced, was visited by a public interested in specific programs and the scholarship system that can be accessed in Chile.
Peru is the main country of origin of foreign students in Chile, with nearly 7,000 students nationwide and is the third largest number of international graduate students. Both countries are part of the Pacific Alliance (together with Mexico and Colombia), an agreement that promotes collaboration among universities through the promotion of cooperation networks, scholarships and financing for students and professionals, facilitating the reciprocal validation of degrees and diplomas obtained abroad.
Universities that participated in the Postgraduate Expo:
- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
- Santo Tomás Educación Superior
- Universidad Autónoma de Chile
- Universidad del Bío-Bío
- Universidad de La Frontera
- Universidad de los Andes
- Universidad de Santiago de Chile
- Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
- Universidad de Valparaíso
- Universidad Viña del Mar