In Memoriam: Erika Himmel König

August 28, 2020

It is with sadness that the Columbia Global Centers | Santiago communicates the passing of Chilean educator Erika Himmel König (TC’59). Himmel was Universidad Católica’s Dean of the School of Educational Sciences in 2007-08, who was awarded the Premio Nacional en Ciencias de la Educación by the Chilean government in 2011, and in 2013 was named Distinguished Alumni of Columbia’s Teachers College.

Erika Himmel left an impressive legacy in Chilean education, having contributed to the development of standardized assessment procedures, including the University Admission Test (PAA) and the Education Quality Measurement System (SIMCE). She also had an extensive career in research and teaching, working on advancing Chile’s capabilities in social and educational research and evaluation at Universidad de Chile.

We express our condolences to Erika's family in these difficult times.