Global education is a priority for Columbia University and its network of Global Centers. As such, the Santiago Center is putting special focus on education considering the challenges that Chile faces on this topic. Since its foundation, the Santiago Center has developed and facilitated various academic and professional training programs for Columbia students in collaboration with local partners. 

In light of the educational challenges faced by Chile, the Santiago Center continued placing particular emphasis on this field in 2019 in association with several local partners by developing and facilitating a number of academic and professional training programs for Columbia University students. They are geared mostly to graduate and PhD students but some undergraduates have also undertaken fieldwork in Chile through Study Abroad programs.

During the last 3 years, these activities include academic exchanges between astrophysics students at Columbia University and Universidad Católica  as well as of  students from the Aging Center of the Mailman School of Public Health and Universidad Mayor, among others. 

Also, we have continued developing the literary translation workshop Word for Word, which brings together graduate students at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and at Universidad Diego Portales (UDP) in Chile, for their works to be mutually translated.

In 2019 as well, we promoted and supported different educational visits from Columbia students. In January, 30 students from Columbia Business School (CBS) went on a 10-day backpacking expedition to Chile’s Patagonia region, part of annual program led by Michael Morris, a Professor in CBS’s Management Division and at Columbia’s Psychology Department. In March, 13 master’s students from the School of Professional Studies (SPS) came to Chile for a weeklong visit to get to know the country’s main industries and economic sectors. That same month, six Columbia students visited Chile sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplain’s Kraft Global Fellows Program, which aims to encourage learning and personal growth through spiritual and cultural exchange. 


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