Succesful Participation of Chile at NAFSA

May 29, 2009
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ProChile, the Chilean Trade Commission, and 12 Chilean Universities were present at the 61st Annual Conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators held May 26 - 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

During the event, representatives from the Chilean universities worked to build and maintain relationships with international education leaders from U.S. based schools to further grow their higher education and international student exchange programs. According to the Higher Education Council (Consejo Superior de Educación), 7,146 students were admitted to Chilean universities in 2006, increasing significantly from the 5,100 who entered in 2005. Chilean universities present at NAFSA included: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad Andrés Bello, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Desarrollo, Universidad Finis Terrae, Universidad Mayor, Universidad del Pacífico, Universidad de Talca, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, and Universidad de Viña del Mar.

ProChile hosted a successful wine and cheese reception on May 27th at their booth during the lunch hour and a cocktail party at the Kyoto Gardens Hotel the evening of May 28th. Among those in attendance at the cocktail party were the Chilean delegation, the Ministry of Education, Chile, the Consul General of Chile and representatives from UC Davis.

Other highlights of Chile`s participation in the NAFSA Expo included a seminar about the Internationalization of Higher Education Around the World for which Nuria Alsina, International Academic Affairs Director at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, was a speaker. She highlighted trends in internationalization, the economic globalization of Chile, and the country`s outstanding experience in training students from other Latin American countries in environmental studies, astrophysics, engineering, and medicine, to name a few fields. A winning poster from the Universidad de Viña del Mar`s Cultures in Contact course was also presented at the"Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus" Poster Fair.