Building International Partnerships in South America

A delegation of NC State administrators and Chancellor Randy Woodson traveled through South America in May on a trip focused on visiting NC State’s partner universities and building new relationships with institutions in Colombia and Chile. Throughout the trip, Chancellor Woodson met with university rectors, faculty, ministry officials, NC State alumni, and students to share the “Think and Do” spirit with present and future partners.

While in Colombia, the NC State delegation met with the Fulbright Association, the Cultural Affairs team at the U.S. Assembly, and the Deputy Director of Higher Education at the Ministry to discuss the future of higher education in Colombia. One of Chancellor Woodson’s first stops on the trip was a meeting with the Universidad del Tolima, where he signed an agreement to enhance the previously formed consortium with NC State Poultry Science and several other universities and industries.

Also in Colombia, Chancellor Woodson met with Rector Dolly Montoya Castaño to sign an agreement with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, initiating joint research activities on topics related to biotechnology, natural sciences, agriculture, and veterinary medicine. The Universidad Nacional de Colombia is one of the largest institutions in the country, and the agreement opens a door for research and exchange.

Chancellor Woodson later visited Universidad de La Salle, known for innovative social and educational projects for young farmers, where he signed a partnership agreement with Rector Alberto Prada Sanmiguel. The visit in Colombia concluded with the signing of partnership agreements with the Colombia Challenge Your Knowledge Consortium, EAFIT University, and the Universidad de Tadeo.

After arriving in Chile, the NC State delegation toured the campus of Universidad Diego Portales (UDP), a university with strengths in architecture, law, and journalism. During the visit, Chancellor Woodson met with university administrators and faculty to sign an agreement focused on design and study abroad exchange. As a result of the new partnership, UDP will hold a summer program for 10 students with NC State’s College of Design this summer and is working to expand future opportunities. 

The next stop on the visit was the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, an innovator in science, technology, social sciences, and art. Hernan M