British deputy ambassador to Chile Russell Baker hosted a reception at the ambassador’s residence to celebrate the launch of Edinburgh University’s presence in Latin America. The reception was attended by rectors, professors, academics, representatives of government ministries and Edinburgh alumni.
The University has set up an office of the Americas in Sao Paulo, and are holding launch events in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The new office will lead increased engagement with Latin American partners, including on research partnerships, and student and staff exchanges.
As part of the launch, an extensive Edinburgh University delegation visited Chile, led by the principal of Edinburgh University Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea. The delegation included Dr Liz Grant, Deputy Director of the Global Health Academy; Prof David Weller, Head of the General Practice Department; Prof John Smyth, Chair of Medical Oncology; Mr Alan MacKay, Head of International Affairs and Ms Dalinda Perez, Head of Americas Office in Sao Paulo.
As well as attending the reception at the ambassador’s residence, the delegation hosted an academic seminar on global health with the University of Chile, and signed agreements with CONICYT, University of Chile and the Catholic University of Chile.
On the occasion of the reception, British deputy ambassador Russell Baker said:
I’m delighted to host this reception to mark the new physical presence of Edinburgh University in Latin America. The University has been collaborating with Chilean partners already, but this marks a step change in its engagement here. This reflects a trend we have seen across the board – British universities are looking to Chile to develop links across research, student recruitment and exchanges. The UK is already the number one destination for Chilean scholars on the ‘Becas Chile’ scheme and Chile’s 5th largest international research partner. But we’d like to do better, which is why President Pinera and Prime Minister Cameron signed an agreement when they met in November, to bolster our links in science, innovation and education.