Following Chancellor Randy Woodson’s visit to the University of Concepción in May, NC State was pleased to host a reciprocal delegation this week led by Rector Carlos Saavedra to continue efforts to expand collaboration and promote academic exchanges.
The priority for the delegation’s visit to campus was to learn more about NC State’s Centennial Campus, as the University of Concepcion is undertaking plans to develop a new Technology Park that would engage industry partners while fostering greater economic development in the Bio Bio region.
Throughout the visit, the group met with leaders in the Centennial Campus Partnership Office and visited centers, institutes and companies located on Centennial for discussions about innovation, industry alliances, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization. The visit also provided the opportunity to meet with faculty in the College of Natural Resources, which has a longstanding relationship involving joint research and graduate student exchange.
The group culminated their visit with a reception at The Point with Chancellor Woodson.
The third oldest university in Chile, the University of Concepción has long been one of the South American country’s most well-known institutes of higher education. NC State has a Memorandum of Understanding with the university supporting student exchange and joint research collaboration. The University of Concepción and NC State researchers have collaborated on 50 joint publications since 2011.
University of Concepción Delegation Members
- Dr. Carlos Saavedra, Rector
- Dr. Ramalinga Viswanathan Mangalaraja, Director of International Affairs
- Mr. Claudio Maggi Campos, Director of Development and Innovation
- Dr. Pablo Catalan, Faculty of Engineering
- Dr. Sofia Valenzuela, Faculty of Forest Sciences
- Mr. Patricio Kuhn, Representative from Bio Bio Regional Government
Learn more about NC State’s partnership with the University of Concepción.