November 12, the State University of New York and the Technological University
of Chile INACAP (UTC-INACAP) signed an agreement to further strengthen and
broaden international opportunities for students and faculty of both systems.
Memorandum of Understanding was signed by SUNY Interim Provost David K.
Lavallee and UTC-INACAP Chancellor Gonzalo Vargas. Attending the signing was the
ambassador from Chile to the United Nations, the Hon. Heraldo Muñoz, a graduate
of SUNY Oswego.
the strengths of our two systems, particularly in the area of distance learning,
will benefit our students and faculty in a way that individual campus
agreements just cannot match,” said SUNY Interim Provost Lavallee.
“International collaborations help to diversify SUNY’s student body and
professoriate and bring us new cultures and ideas and expanded opportunities or
SUNY faculty and students. SUNY is very excited about working with the
Technological University of Chile INACAP and I want to thank Chancellor Vargas
and his staff, as well as SUNY’s Office of International Programs for making
today’s agreement possible.”
Gonzalo Vargas explained that this agreement is based on the similarities of
the mission and strategies from both universities and will help their goal of
working with international institutions of technological education, since 2008
they are working with California State University. "For UTC INACAP this
agreement is a great contribution, that will facilitate a close collaboration
with distinguish faculty and the creation of opportunities for professional and
faculty development as well as research opportunities."
an exchange of visits in 2008, UTC-INACAP and SUNY explored ways to
collaborate, initially focused on the interest of UTC-INACAP in SUNY's colleges
of technology and community colleges because of the similarity among the SUNY
and UTC-INACP campuses.
addition to traditional faculty and student exchange programs, the agreement is
designed to foster online distance education, articulation programs and to
develop collaborative academic programming, along the lines of the
award-winning dual diploma programs SUNY has developed in other parts of the
project will be developed between the Centro de Innovación en Educación (CIEdu)
of UTC-INACAP and the SUNY
Learning Network in online distance education. SUNY will also begin working
with UTC-INACAP in the near future to provide English language instruction and
faculty and exchange opportunities.
officials have visited SUNY’s College of Technology at Delhi and SUNYIT.
During the week, additional campus visits were scheduled for the Fashion
Institute of Technology and the College of Technology at Farmingdale.
Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal expressed SUNY’s
gratitude that Ambassador Muñoz and Hon. Patricio Damm Van Der Valk, consul general
of Chile in New York attended the signing ceremony.
It is hoped
that the agreement will help diversify international opportunity at SUNY
campuses. During Chancellor Zimpher’s 2009 tour of all 64
campuses, diversity and globalization emerged as one of the important
themes SUNY should consider as part of the strategic planning process.
overarching theme in SUNY’s strategic planning process is Ensuring
Economic Vitality and Quality of Life for New York. The process will
result in a strategic plan that will guide SUNY for the next decade. For
more information about SUNY’s strategic planning process, click here.
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the largest educational community in Chile with more than 43 years experience,
25 campuses from Arica to Punta Arenas, and a total of more than 82,000
students in the University, the Professional Institute and the Technical Center. A wide variety of study possibilities are on offer for young adults who
are starting their higher education and professionals who wish to broaden their
knowledge and achieve new competencies in order to improve their professional
Corporation, a non-profit private enterprise, is administered by a Board of
Directors made up of representatives from the business world and Chilean state
organizations, such as the ‘Confederación de la Producción y del Comercio’
(Production and Commerce Confederation), the ‘Corporación Nacional Privada de
Desarrollo Social’ (Private National Corporation for Social Development) and
the ‘Servicio de Cooperación Técnica’ (Technical Services Cooperative), a
branch of CORFO.