New opportunities for collaboration with young Australian university

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Last Monday, May 14th, a delegation from Macquarie University made up of its Deputy Vice-President for Research, Prof. Sakkie Pretorious, accompanied by Prof. Martina Möllering, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Ren Yi, Executive Director from the Higher Degree Research Office and Amy Celorio, regional manager for Latin America; visited UC with a view to establishing new exchange and collaboration agreements.

The Australian delegation met with the Director of Arts and Culture Affairs Office, Miryam Singer, who chaired the meeting; Daniel Party, Director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at the Faculty of Arts; the Head of International Projects, Angélica Anabalón; and Catalina Gerstmann, International Grants Management Specialist.

Thanks to the presence of the Macquarie Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the activity’s focus  was related to the areas of specialization of her Faculty, where Möllering presented the research areas of the Departments and identified opportunities for collaboration.

As Möllering explained, this Faculty has 12 academic departments in the most varied topics and disciplines, 2 university research centers, 3 university faculty research centers, 2 museums and 1 community radio station.

Macquarie Art schools and departments include Ancient History; Media, music, communication and cultural studies; Anthropology; International studies: languages ​​and cultures; and houses other more varied departments such as Laws; English; Geography and planning; Indigenous studies; Modern history, politics and international relations; Philosophy; among others.

For his part, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at Macquarie, Professor Pretorious, told the audience about the history of the Australian university and the possibilities of being able to generate joint tutelage programs and joint doctoral programs between both universities, where students can enroll jointly in the two universities and, upon successful completion of the program, graduate from both universities.

Likewise, the Director of the Arts and Culture Affairs Office, Miryam Singer described the meeting as “very nutritious, in terms of how much we still have to learn from young institutes like Macquarie in relation to its structure as a university and interdisciplinary programs. It is my wish, at least as  Arts regards, to continue in contact with this Australian university to expand or create new opportunities for academic collaboration.

Macquarie University

Just 50 years old, Macquarie University – located in the city of Sydney, Australia – has become a progressive and influential institution both locally and internationally. The university brings together 40,000 students and 2,000 professionals, has a 5-star QS rating, is considered one of the best universities in the world, and its graduates are among the most sought-after professionals in the world.

Looking to the future, they have developed five research priorities: healthy people, resilient societies, prosperous economies, safe planet, and innovative technologies, which provide an interdisciplinary research approach that is at the heart of their spirit.

In addition to the College of Arts, Macquarie has four other schools: Economics and Business, Basic Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Engineering.