ximena osorio

Ximena Osorio Spuler was one of the international assessors for the nursing program accreditation at the Universidad Central de Quito in Ecuador.

As part of her visit, the academic Ximena Osorio visited the premises of the nursing program, the Hospital Eugenio Espejo in Quito and the Health Center Cochapamba Sur (community center), which are both part of the nursing program of the Ecuadorian university.

According to the information of Osorio, it is important for the Assessment, Accreditation and Higher Education Quality Assurance Council of Ecuador (CEAACES) to count with a selected group of international external assessors that are part of their technical groups, to add interdisciplinarity and new knowledge to the assessment process of the nursing programs offered by the institutions of higher education in Ecuador. This is why they invited professionals from abroad, such as Ximena Osorio.

“I had to do previous work, where they sent me information and we had online meetings in order to review and analyze documents and the work to do during the stay in Ecuador. They established the necessity to count with external assessors and it was a very enriching experience, since I got to know the reality of education and of the nursing training programs in Ecuador. They are standardizing and regulating their training”, she specified.

The criteria that are part of the assessment model for the learning atmosphere of the nursing program in Ecuador are the relevance and context, where the current status, prospective, outreach and professional profile are considered, such as the curriculum (macro and micro) with the graduation profile and the curricular project, the syllabus, etc.

After visiting the clinical campus and the practice and training installations, they worked on the reports that had to be handed to the CEAACES (equivalent to the Chilean Accreditation Commission) and this way, finished an intense week of work. “Compared to Chile, it is a different reality. Their training program has a different development since it is a traditional program at the most antique university of Ecuador. Their University was built decades ago and has a very different culture than ours. When it comes to disciplinary development, we could be more developed than they are, but in other areas they are highly developed with classrooms for skills training, implementation, strict assessment criteria and very high standards for their academics and students.”

“It is very good for the UFRO that an academic of this University gets invited as an international assessor. Most of them came from Argentina and Colombia. We were only five people from Chile who got invited to participate in the assessment of 25 universities that went through the process. This is why it is relevant for the Universidad de La Frontera to be present”, added Osorio.

Written by: Fabián Aguirre
Faculty of Medicine


mujeres cientificas

With the objective to promote the work of female researchers, the Chilean Academy of Science opened the contest of Excellence in Science “Adelina Gutiérrez” 2017.

The contest is addressed to young female scientists from Chile or abroad, resident in Chile, maximum age 40 years (on December 5, 2017), who did or are developing a career as a leading researcher in Chile.

The price consists of US$ 1500 (equivalent in national currency) for the winner who will be chosen by a jury of members of the Chilean Academy of Science.

The candidates have to hand in their complete academic curriculum, with information such as education, research work, prizes and presentations, and a sample of the most relevant publications (max. 5).

These documents have to be presented at the Academy of Science, Almirante Montt 454, Santiago, Chile (Monjitas alt. 500, between Mosqueto and Miraflores, Metro Bellas Artes), until October 21, 2017, at 5 p.m.
More information on the website: https://www.academiadeciencias.cl.


EAIE 2017

The UFRO Chile participates in International EAIE Conference to position itself as destiny for European students

The UFRO participates in the 29th Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition 2017 in Seville, Spain, presenting the academic offer for undergraduate and postgraduate studies and the opportunities for international student mobility.

Europe’s biggest Convention for higher education and student mobility will take place from 12-15 September 2017 at the Seville Conference and Exhibition Center (FIBES) in Spain. The theme of the 2017 conference is “A mosaic of culture” and institutions from all over the world are participating, including 16 educational establishments from Chile.

The Universidad de La Frontera is also part of the delegation of national institutions that are present at the 2017 EAIE Conference. The UFRO representative is the director of the International Affairs Office, Dr. Pamela Leal, who will join the group of more than 200 exhibitors and 5 thousand representatives of higher education from all over the world who are coming to Seville.

“The main continent where the foreign students in Chile come from is Europe. They come to Latin America in order to find a space for complementing their training and, of course, to live an international exchange experience”, said Dr. Pamela Leal.

At the same time, she pointed out that Chile has a series of advantages and characteristics that transform the country into a privileged destiny for foreigners and in the case of the UFRO, the interest increases more and more.

“At this international encounter, we want to share who we are as a University. Therefore we will present our offer of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and invite the Europeans to live a study experience at a state University of quality, in a region like the Araukania with its privileged environment because of its nature and culture”, she added.

This annual conference is organized by the European Association for International Education (EAIE) and besides opening and showing the potential of international mobility, the aim is also to establish networks and strengthen the partnerships between different universities and countries.

escrito porWritten by: Direction of Communications


The Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCH) and the Spanish Rectors´ Conference (CRUE) signed an agreement to establish the bases for mutual cooperation, the realization of academic, teaching and research activities, the dissemination of culture, and the extension of services in all areas of mutual interest.

Complying with the function of establishing international links for cooperation between different universities, the Council of Rectors (CRUCH), represented by its Executive Vice-President, Rector Aldo Valle, signed the collaboration agreement with the Spanish Rectors´ Conference (CRUE). This agreement, which started at the moment it was signed at the headquarter of the CRUE in Madrid, Spain, wants to strengthen the alliance between both entities in order to exchange models of good practice, advance in the recognition of degrees, joint PhD programs and agreements on double degrees between Spanish and Chilean universities, and encourage mobility and research collaboration. It is valid for three years and can be renewed for the same period of time, in accordance with both parties.

With the objective of the correct fulfillment of this agreement and the details specified in it, there will be a mixed commission, represented by two members of the CRUE and two members of the CRUCH. One of the members of each party will necessarily be general secretary of the entity or person for which he/she delegates.

The delegation of the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities, present at the signing ceremony of this agreement, was represented by the CRUCH Executive Vice-President and Rector of the Universidad de Valparaíso, Aldo Valle, the Rector of the Universidad de La Frontera, Sergio Bravo, the Rector of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Darcy Fuenzalida, the President and Vice-President of the CRUCH Internationalization Commission, Julio Crespo and Marcos Avilés, and the Academic Director of the Council of Rectors, Cristian Blanco.

The delegation of the Spanish Rectors´ Conference CRUE, was represented by the CRUE President, Segundo Píriz Durán, the General Secretary, María Teresa Lozano Mellado, the Director of General Services, Carlos Martínez, the Director of Coordination and Support for Sectoral Commissions, Gema Luna, and the responsible for Institutional Projects, Víctor Jiménez Jara.

Continuing with the program, the CRUCH delegation had a meeting with the vice-rectors and directors of International Cooperation of the CRUE and CRUCH, who are at the EAIE Conference of the European Association of International Education in Seville, Spain.

 Source: CRUCH Communications Area

Heilongjiang University

Tiajin Agricultural University

The UFRO delegation will focus its activities on the Heilongjiang University and the Tianjin Agricultural University.

One of the main goals of the Universidad de La Frontera is to extend and strengthen the international networks of collaboration. This time, a group of university authorities went to the People´s Republic of China in order to formalize a framework cooperation agreement and establish new relations.

Part of the UFRO delegation are the Vice-rector of Undergraduate Affairs, Ana Moraga; the director of the International Affair´s Office, Pamela Leal; the director of Libraries and Information Resources, Roberto Araya; and the Advisor for Relations with China, Qingjun Wu.

The agenda for the visit includes a series of activities and meetings. One of the main activities will take place on Monday, September 4th, in the city of Harbin, at the University of Heilongjiang, where the Vice-rector, Ana Moraga, and the Rector of the Chinese Institution, Fu Honggang, will sign an International Cooperation Agreement.

This new alliance will formalize the cooperation, considering the promotion of academic exchange at the undergraduate and postgraduate level and the differentuniversity activities. They will also work on the development of a program of Spanish as a second language, which will take place at the UFRO for the students of the Chinese institution.

The Heilongjian University offers a wide range of disciplines, including arts, science, foreign languages, engineering, management, etc. and has about 35 thousand students, plus 5 thousand in postgraduate programs and another 2 thousand students from abroad.

The activities of the delegation will go on at the Tianjin Agricultural University, with which the UFRO already signed a Cooperation Agreement this year, when authorities and representatives of the Asian institution visited the UFRO. The aim of this agreement is to take actions in different areas of knowledge, from which both institutions benefit.

The activities at this university will take place on September 7 and 8. The program includes an official visit and work meetings in order to advance in specific areas of the cooperation.


escrito porWritten by: Jassna Sepúlveda Beltrán