On August 16, 2018, University of California, Davis, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor of Global Affairs Joanna Regulska and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Rector Ignacio Sánchez met in Santiago, Chile to sign a renewal Agreement of Cooperation and discuss existing and future areas of collaboration.
“Our universities have a strong history of collaboration, and with this renewed agreement, we will expand joint research, enhance faculty mobility, and increase student engagement,” said Regulska. “With more than 100 joint publications in the last few years alone, there are tremendous opportunities for mutually-beneficial research initiatives.”
The latest agreement builds upon existing connections and joint research between UC Davis and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in the areas of agricultural and plant sciences, law, psychiatry, history and migration studies, biodiversity and life sciences, and Spanish literature. It will also spur future collaborations in new areas of strength, including veterinary medicine, health, and marine sciences.
The signing comes on the heels of UC Davis joining the Universitas 21 network, an international network of 27 research intensive universities, which includes Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
The longstanding history between UC Davis and Chile has already led to 10 current Agreements of Cooperation between UC Davis and universities in Chile. UC Davis welcomes around 55 students and scholars from Chile each year and UC Davis students participate in study abroad programs in Chile. More than 60 UC Davis faculty have research or academic linkages in Chile—collaborations which have resulted in more than 750 co-authored publications since 2010. The UC Davis Chile - Life Sciences Innovation Center, within Global Affairs, facilitates groundbreaking research in the Bioproducts, Smart Agro, Genomic and Genetic Technologies, and Viticulture and Enology.