International networks

La Triada

This network was created in August 2018 between Tecnológico de Monterrey de México, Universidad de los Andes de Colombia and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Its objective is to create a distinctive alliance of collaboration in research, mobility, exchange, at a Latin American level that generates synergies to extend the strength and impact of the three universities that make it up at the international level.

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Artesanos de la Unidad

This network puts together Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, Universidad Católica Boliviana and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Its objective is to create an alliance that studies the opportunities for scientific, educational, cultural, economic and social cooperation between three universities, seeking to generate an impact on public policies. The themes that they propose to work on are in the areas of water resources, energy, digital connectivity and transport, textiles, Regional Food Heritage (PAR, in Spanish acronym) cuisine, cross-border migration and tri-national policy.

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Universitas 21 (U21)

This collaborative network made up of 27 of the best universities in the world, enhances cooperation and the creation of alliances among its members, with various initiatives of excellence in the areas of innovation in education, student mobility and research.

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Hemispheric University Consortium (HUC)

This consortium, led by the University of Miami, is made up of 14 higher education institutions from South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and the United States that seek to improve the quality, scope of education and research in public health, well-being, climate change, sustainability, entrepreneurship, inclusion, technology and innovation for education.

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Strategic Alliance of Catholic Research Universities (SACRU)

This network, made up of 8 prestigious Catholic universities in the world, enhances multilateral cooperation in teaching, research and service to the community; promoting mobility, exchange between partner universities and visibility of the programs and initiatives carried out by each member.

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Chile-Japan Academic Forum

Inspired by the UTokyo Forum held in Santiago and Sao Paulo in November 2013, the Chile-Japan Academic Forum is a bi-annual activity that occurs alternately between Japan and Chile. It aims to establish an academic platform to promote scientific and research collaboration between these institutions. The central universities in Japan and Chile, such as the University of Tokyo, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Universidad de Chile, lead the forum’s organization. Its main topics are Astronomy, Natural Disasters, Engineering and Technology, Asian and Latin American Studies, and the Pacific Ocean.

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Academic Forum Chile – France

In 2015, the first Chile-France academic forum was born, aiming to strengthen cooperation relationships in science and technology, and higher education and international mobility. The forum has the participation of government authorities, representatives of research and innovation institutions, and researchers from both countries. University of Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Embassy of France, ANID and CRUCH (Executive Committee), jointly organize this forum in coordination with a Scientific Committee composed of representatives of the University of Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (coordinators of the tables of work), IRD, CNRS, INRIA, ECOS-ANID Committee, UDEC, and UACH.

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Academic Forum Chile – Sweden (ACCESS)

The ACCESS platform (Academic Collaboration Between Chile and Sweden) was born in 2016 to promote joint research collaboration between Chile and Sweden. ACCESS annual academic forums are the main activity within the platform. However, ACCESS has also been awarded funds to carry out joint doctoral courses and managed to create a CONICYT-STINT competitive fund (Chile and Sweden) with financing for academic mobility in the framework of joint projects. The founding universities are Uppsala University, Lund University, Universidad de Chile, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2018, the possibility was opened for more universities to join the platform. The incorporated institutions were: Stockholm University, University of Gothenburg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Södertörn University from Sweden; University of Concepción, University of Magallanes, University of O’Higgins, University of Aysén and University of Santiago de Chile. ACCESS has operated in three thematic groups: New and Future Social Challenges, Sustainable use of Natural Resources, Health Challenges in Modern Society.

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Pacific Alliance Universities Academic Forum

Forum of Pacific Alliance countries was born as an initiative among four Latin American nations: Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Before this milestone, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, Universidad del Pacífico in Peru, Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, created the Observatory of the Pacific Alliance. This observatory seeks to “integrate the efforts of leading universities of the Pacific Alliance’s member countries to contribute to research and the transfer of knowledge, according to the specific demands that arise within the countries that make it up.” It is in this space that the first Pacific Alliance University Academic Forum is presented. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, together with the Universidad de Chile, invited the universities of the Pacific Alliance observatory and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Chile Mexico and the Universidad de San Marcos de Peru to participate in this forum.

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Academic Forum Chile – Italy

It was born from efforts made by both the Italian Embassy in Chile and the Chilean Embassy in Italy, to generate a binational academic forum that fosters cooperation between Chilean universities and their Italian counterparts, with particular emphasis on priority multidisciplinary issues that present pre-existing collaborations. The organizing universities are Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Concepción and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which invited the following Italian universities: Università di Bologna, Sapienza Università di Roma, Universita Degli Studi di Messina, and Politecnico di Torino.

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ATLAS Project from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

ATLAS is one of the four main experiments being performed on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). This is a project that seeks to gather scientists from around the world in order to push the frontiers of science and technology through studies that can lead to innovative discoveries, such as the Higgs boson, physics beyond the Standard Model and developing new theories to better describe our universe. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile participates along with other national universities in the construction of necessary measurement equipment for the operation of the project, as well as in the analysis of the information obtained.

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Projects of International Mixed Units (UMI, in Spanish) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France

International Mixed Units are units created between institutions in one country and the French CNRS, which are established in different countries to develop research in various areas. Its objective is to strengthen the scientific exchange relations between France and Chile in matters of common scientific interest. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile participates along with other national universities in two of the existing IMUs in Chile, the Franco-Chilean Laboratory of Astronomy and the Evolutionary Biology and Ecology of Algae.

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Project of the International Associated Laboratory (LIA, in Spanish) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France

International Associated Laboratories are projects that bring together two associated institutions that contribute human and material resources to a jointly defined objective. Each laboratory maintains its independence and legal status, maintains its directors, and remains in its individual locations. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile together with the Sorbonne Université participate in the LIA ANDES “Development of antiviral therapeutic approaches targeting viral translation”.

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International Man-Media Observatory Project (OHM-I) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France

The International Man-Media Observatories constitute a research system dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems, in which man interacts directly with the Geosphere and the Biosphere with which constitutes unique ecosystems. The network is made up of 12 research centers in different parts of the world for the study of climate change. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile participates in this network with its Patagonia Station which is the first Latin American OHM-I observatory.

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