SFU bolsters educational partnerships with Chile
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Marco Espinoza, a Simon Fraser University education grad student, is in Chile May 2-9 to help strengthen educational ties with the Latin American country.
Chile’s newest president Sebastián Piñera has pledged that his country will overcome poverty and become a developed country by the end of the decade—a promise that holds myriad opportunities for academic institutions such as SFU.
“When Chile finally crosses the finish line of the development race, it will be an example for other developing countries. The important question is: what kind of example?” says the Chilean-born Espinoza. “The Canadian way of life offers a unique solution to being in the world, and SFU is a jewel among the many jewels that make our great country.”
Espinoza is travelling with Philip Steenkamp, SFU’s vice-president of external relations. Their itinerary includes visits to the country’s top universities—Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso—and a meeting with Sarah Fountain Smith, Canada’s ambassador to Chile.
SFU has a number of initiatives with Chile in the areas of science, criminology, and business [see backgrounder]. This mission aims to recognize the work SFU is already doing and identify opportunities for further collaboration.
“The community spirit of SFU has shaped a type of research that retains the humanity in our endeavours. As Chile rounds the bend and enters the final stretch, I hope it does not lose sight of its greatest resource: its people,” says Espinoza.
“We are mindful that Latin America does not want to be ‘saved’ but engaged as equal partners in collaboration. They have some things to learn from us, and we have some things to learn from them.”
- 15 students from Chile attended SFU in 2011
- The SFU Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) is partnering with CEAMOS (Center for Analysis and Modeling of Security) at the Universidad de Chile. SFU criminologist Patricia Brantingham and her collaborators at CEAMOS are defining quantitative methods in handling of crime data that is high in volume and complexity with a view to developing a crime observatory for Chile
- William Davidson, a professor in SFU’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, is chair of the executive scientific committee for sequencing the Atlantic salmon genome trilateral project. The committee receives funding from Chile’s Production Development Corporation (CORFO), Genome B.C., Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), and the Norwegian Research Council
- International studies assistant professor Onur Bakiner wrote an article, From denial to reluctant dialogue: the Chilean military’s confrontation with human rights, published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice in 2010
- Geography associate professor Alex Clapp wrote a dissertation on plantation forestry in Chile, and also worked for the Ford Foundation’s program on rural poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Political science professor Andy Hira studies B.C.’s wine industry with those in other regions around the world, including Chile, to see what lessons can help improve B.C. wines’ competitiveness