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The UFRO maintains collaborative work with the largest and most important Astronomic Observatory in the world, since 2014.

The visit of directors and students of the Universidad de La Frontera at ALMA, the largest and most important astronomic observatory in the world, is an important event in the cooperation that lasts since 2014.

The delegation was led by the dean of the UFRO Faculty of Engineering and Science, Rodrigo Navia; the Outreach coordinator, Iván Velásquez; the director of the Program in Physical Engineering, Robert Guzmán; and the academic of the Department of Physical Science, Pablo Díaz.

It has been the second visit of directors of the university at ALMA, and their partnership serves for the development of initiatives and academic and professional collaboration. At present, the collaboration focuses on the field of big data (software) and will be extended to different fields of engineering (hardware), scientific operations, academic development and, in medium-term, technology transfer.

“This cooperation with ALMA opens a new field for us, for internships and perhaps future jobs for engineers of different fields of expertise. Therefore, it is a field in which our students can acquire important skills for their future”, Rodrigo Navia, the dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science, explained.

He added that “we will elaborate a plan for the next two years, which will be reviewable each year, in which we will extend the collaboration spectrum we had so far and which basically focused on computer science. We are thinking about fields like electronics, mechatronics, physics engineering and telematics. We want more students to be able to do their internship at ALMA. Eventually, this plan will also include the possibility for postgraduate students to do internships there.”


The delegation also consisted of ten students of the Physical Engineering, Civil Industrial Engineering with specialization in Computer Engineering and Electronic Engineering programs, who started to work in the field of astroengineering, an UFRO initiative led by the academic Patricio Galeas.

“The visit was a tremendous opportunity in order to see how the work at the international level, regarding infrastructure, technology and human resources, works”, Felipe Garrido, student in Physical Engineering, said. “ALMA is a model to aspire, no matter which path we take or the resources we have. This experience marks the future for the ones who want to follow a path towards cutting-edge research and engineering applied on science or technology”, he added.

According to that, Iván Aburto, student in Civil Industrial Engineering with specialization in Computer Engineering, said that “it was a unique experience, since we were able to share with professionals who guided us and explained some of the tasks they regularly work on. Here in Chile, there is a wide range of working options for engineers in the different fields. Opportunities exist, you just have to know how to find and make use of them”, he assured.

“It is important to emphasize the quality of our visit, as well as the politeness and deference the ALMA experts treated our delegation with, while receiving us and showing us around the installations”, Navia concluded.

Written by: Mauricio Antivil Morgado
Macro Faculty of Engineering


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More than 40 students and academics attended the conference the Spanish doctor, Cristina Calvo, who, at the moment, is also working with a research group of LICSA-UFRO, held.

The Laboratory of Applied Social Sciences of the Scientific Social Science Nucleus and Humanities, in cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering and Science and the Faculty of Law and Business at the Universidad de La Frontera, offered this conference to students and academics in order to get to know and analyze the latest marketing tendencies.

This initiative is the result of the wish to create a space where to introduce the students into the analysis of the new markets and strategies for the development of brands and companies. This is why Cristina Calvo, an academic with a PhD in economics from the University of A Coruña in Spain, came to the UFRO.

The participation of the Spanish expert was financed by the University A Coruña and now she is going to be part of a research group of LICSA-UFRO during her postdoctoral stay at our university for a month. The objective is to create a joint project with the other academics.


This is the first time Dr. Cristina Calvo holds a conference at the UFRO and the aim is to present relevant aspects in marketing, such as business communication or product and service strategies and distribution in today’s market.

Sustainable marketing is the tendency of companies in Europe, since the society and environment benefit from it. Regarding this, the Spanish academic claimed that “the tendency is that, if you want a product to be accepted, you have to offer a product that respects its environment. In Chile, some brands that stand for sustainability are well positioned.”

In this respect, the LICSA coordinator, Dr. Sonia Salvo, pointed out that “the students deserve to go to a conference held by a world-class expert with experience in marketing, an expert who – in this case – worked for about ten years in this field, for the brand Carolina Herrera.”


During these years, LICSA-UFRO organized several conferences with experts in different fields, such as business, statistics, business strategies, etc. The precise objective of this series of presentations is that the students get an insight into the different areas of applied social sciences.

Written by: Communications Division

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The International Fair, organized by the Student Mobility Office, took place for the second year in a row. The purpose is to show the different countries and active agreements the UFRO has with higher education institutions on the five continents.

Nowadays, it is possible to study abroad, but the decision about where to go might be difficult and confusing for a student. Therefore, the International Affair´s Office and National and International Student Mobility Office at the Universidad de La Frontera organized the second version of the International Fair together with the exchange students.

This initiative started last year with the idea to show the different agreements and scholarship programs the UFRO has with different higher education institutions around the world and which allow the students of this University to spend a semester abroad. But also to show the international students who come to this University.

The particular aim is to create a space where the students can exchange experiences and important aspects of their cultures, to bring traditions together and to present the world as they see it. The idea for the future is to carry out this fair each semester and to offer activities that inspire the students to participate and to strengthen relations.

The director of the National and International Student Mobility Office, Antonia Espinoza, said that “the purpose of this event is that UFRO students who have been abroad and students from other countries come together and present the different cultures and food of their countries in one place.”

The confluence of flavors, cultures and languages has been presented at 13 stands that included Belgium, Rumania, Lithuania, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Peru and Colombia. The sponsors also created a stand with information about the sponsor program and the incorporation into the university community.

Waffles with hazelnut cream and apple strudel (Germany), cepelinai (Lithuania), eggplant humus (Rumania) and stierenkloten (Belgium) were only some of the dishes the students prepared to offer a little tasting menu to the visitors of the fair.


One of the main desires of the students who want to study a semester abroad is to get to know traditions and people with other perspectives. The Mexican law student, Ariadna López, also had this dream when she took the challenge of studying at the UFRO for a semester.

“I came to Temuco two months ago and the reception has been excellent. The Universidad de La Frontera gave me all the support I needed, on my arrival and during my stay. And also for the integration with the other students. I came here with the idea of learning as much as possible in order to make this experience absolutely worth it.”

This first semester 40 students came to the UFRO and 30 went to study abroad. Both groups mobilized via the National and International Student Mobility Office.

There are different alternatives for undergraduate students. For example, the ERASMUS scholarship was the option the civil engineering student, Gabriel Davidson, chose. “I went to the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain for a semester. My experience was positive because I was obliged to develop my English skills, since I had friends from Belgium, Germany, Ireland and Norway. The English language was a fundamental tool for being able to communicate with them.”

Written by: Communications Division

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The assessment of the cooperation agreement advances and the planning of new joint activities – these were some of the topics the UFRO delegation worked on with KU Leuven University in Belgium, which is one of the most prestigious and traditional ones in Europe.

The Belgium KU Leuven University is among the best 50 universities in the world according to the prestigious Times Higher Education Ranking (THE) 2018 and it has become a strategic ally for the Universidad de La Frontera within the cooperation that already lasts ten years.

The UFRO is the only university in Latin-America which the KU Leuven University has an extended Cooperation Agreement and a Double Degree Agreement for Doctoral Programs with, that has been signed in 2017 and broadened the previous agreement signed in 2009 by the UFRO Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Science and the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering (FBSE) of KU Leuven.

These are strings that maintain the confidence and mutual collaboration the universities sustained over time. This is what its promoters at the institutional level, the academics Rodolfo Pihán and Dr. Adison Altamirano of the Faculty of Agricultural and Forestry Science, who have been participating in a series of activities in Belgium, said. Their objective is to assess the advances of this Cooperation Agreement together with KU Leuven and to define new specific activities.

“This prestigious European university is a strategic ally for the UFRO. It is one of the best in the world and with which we have been developing successful collaborative work over time, with concrete activities because of which for example a productive student and academic exchange has been possible. Each semester, Belgium researchers visit us and we receive postgraduate students who come to our country and university to live an international academic experience”, Rodolfo Pihán commented.

He added that “since last year, we have been able to amplify this alliance that benefits the whole university, apart from the Double Degree Agreement for doctoral programs in Science, Engineering and Technology, which is very relevant in the work of internationalization of our university´s postgraduate programs.”

“But the idea is to advance within these new activities that maintain the Agreements active and productive”, Dr. Adison Altamirano said. “During the visit, we have been working on the assessment of the cooperation advances and on some specific actions we are developing. One of them is the Double Degree Agreement and we have been talking about the connections with professors and co-tutors at KU Leuven and the process the doctoral students have to go through to access this double degree.”

Against this background, they had a series of meetings with authorities of the FBSE, such as the director of International Relations, Matt Tips, and the UFRO agreements coordinator, Dr. Pol Coppin, apart from from visits in order to get to know the scientific work at the Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis and the Bioversity International Musa GermplasmTransit Centre, among other activities.

Another topic the academics worked on was the advance on a joint project of creating an international scientific center that is focused on global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that reaches from social science to engineering science.

“We achieved the growth of this cooperation and its projection over time. Both universities are interested in that. Each year, we have Belgium students in our classrooms, we do joint research, and we are creating new activities in order to maintain this alliance alive”, Rodolfo Pihán pointed out.

At the moment, two UFRO Master´s students in Natural Resource Management, Germán Catalán and Paola Arroyo, are at KU Leuven for an academic exchange and with an Erasmus scholarship each. And in July, a delegation of the European institution is going to come to Temuco, led by the dean of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Nadine Buys, accompanied by Christophe Courtin, Pol Coppin and Bart Muys.

Written by: Jassna Sepúlveda Beltrán

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The quality indicators of the Universidad de La Frontera have been analyzed by the prestigious THE international university rankings and place it among the top ten in Chile.

The quality and performance of the Universidad de La Frontera are being recognized once again at the international level by the Times Higher Education Rankings, since it is positioned in the range 251-300 in the Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018 and in 10th place among the Chilean institutions.

This ranking judges the 378 most important universities in 42 countries that are classified as Emerging Economies (advanced emerging, secondary emerging or frontier) by the FTSE.

“We have to be proud that our University, the UFRO, is placed in this prestigious ranking, especially when we consider that only 13 Chilean universities managed to enter this analysis that judges the best institutions led by research among the nations with an emerging economy, which is an important and significant advance for our institution”, Sergio Bravo, the rector of the UFRO, emphasized.

The rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings to judge institutions on their main missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Therefore, the applied methodology has been carefully recalibrated to reflect the development characteristics and priorities of universities in emerging economies. For example, there is a special emphasis on the international outlook.


Written by: Dirección de Comunicaciones