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UC Starts Fundraising Campaign for UC Endowment Project: Creating a Better Country Together

Chile needs world-class universities with ever-growing impact on the country’s development, with this challenge in mind, Catholic University started a fundraising campaign to create an endowment that will ensure sustainability in the long term, with greater autonomy, independence and freedom in their work, and will continue to provide increasing quality to the development of Chile.

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Philanthropic activities and encounters with scholarship recipients were part of the Annual Board meeting agenda in Chile

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Friends-UC board meeting was held in Chile, during the 3rd and 4th of April.  In addition to the meeting, the work agenda included two thematic colloquia on Health and Education, meetings with scholarship recipients of the Leading The Way and Cristóbal Conde Scholarship programs, as well as other activities related to the UC Endowment Project.

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Colloquia were held on public-private collaboration dilemmas and the role of the UC in the fields of Health and Education

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In the context of the Friends-UC board meeting in Chile, two thematic colloquia on public-private collaboration dilemmas and the role of the UC in the fields of Health and Education were held at the Catholic University. The Colloquia were attended by Rector Sánchez, members of the Board of Friends, UC officials and academics, and special guests.

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Annual Board Meeting in New York

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The program of the annual meeting of the Board of Friends held in New York City began with a colloquim regarding “Chile and the future:  The reform of higher education and the socioeconomic context of the country.”  The colloquim was lead by Rector Sanchez and Roberto Mendez, president of GfK Adimark and a member of the Board of Friends.  The colloquim was attended by members of the Board and by a number of invited guests – both Chileans living in the United States and residents of the United States with interest in the topic.

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Honoree as Philantropist of the Year to Sava Thomas

The President of Friends UC was honored as Philantropist of the Year at the Annual Dinner of the Chilean North American Chamber of Commerce on October 26 in New York City. “What has motivated me most is to work with the Rector, his team and the extraordinary Board of Directors that Friends has, and to see the achievements that we have made despite the difficulties we have faced.’

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Inauguration of “Friends Circle”, a discussion group from the LTW Program

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This year we are pleased to announce the inauguration of Friends Circle, an English discussion group made up of LTW scholars who have already completed the formal part of the program.  Friends Circle is designed to bring these prior LTW participants together on a periodic basis to discuss a current event, an article, or other topics in English.  Friends Circle will offer prior LTW scholars continued exposure to English and will promote their cohesion as a community. The group’s name is a tribute to the sponsoring foundation, Friends of Catholic University, Inc., and also recognizes the friendships developed by LTW scholars during the formal part of the program. Friends Circle has met twice this semester, and on one of these occasions spent time with the current group of LTW participants, to share their experiences from the United States and discuss the topic of cultural awareness.

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The UC inaugurates the first English Corner in Casa Central’s Biblioteca Escolar Futuro

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The new space dedicated to English language learning will benefit more than 14 million students, from the seventeen highly-vulnerable educational establishments that are associated with the Casa Central’s Biblioteca Escolar Futuro, located in Santiago.  This project is made possible in part by donations from Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc.

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Members of the Board of Friends UC meet and talk with grant recipients about their experiences.

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Members of the Board of Friends UC., met over lunch with recipients of the Cristóbal Conde Scholarship and the “Leading the Way” Scholarship that provides students with an intensive course in the English language plus an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the English language at a summer program at Drexel University in the USA.

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Pianist Gustavo Miranda-Bernales performs a recital to a full house, as part of the agenda of activities of the Board Meeting in Chile.

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Gustavo Miranda-Bernales, Chilean pianist and US resident, was invited to perform a recital at the UC, as part of the activities in connection with the Board Meeting of Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc. The pieces performed included those of renowned composers like Haydn and Chopin as well as more contemporary works. The young musician started his career at eight years old. Below, he talks about his experience of living in New York and his future prospects.

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Board of Friends UC holds an executive meeting in Chile and takes part in educational and philanthropic activities.

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A meeting of the Board of Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc. took place in Chile on April 11 and 12. During their stay, the Board members also took part in numerous parallel activities such as colloquiums, seminars, meetings with grant recipients and cultural events.

 

 

Alejandro Aravena wins the 2016 Pritzker Prize

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Professor Alejandro Aravena from the School of Architecture of Catholic University (UC) won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize. The distinction comes to acknowledge Professor Aravena’s rising name in the profession as he was also appointed director of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Professor Alejandro Aravena is the first Chilean to receive this important prize, acknowledging a career on the rise.

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Annual meeting of the Board of Directors of Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc. took place in October in New York

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This year´s meeting of the Board of Directors of Friends of Catholic University in Chile, Inc. (Friends-UC) took place on October 29 and 30, 2015 in New York City. In addition to the Board, the meeting was attended by Dr. Ignacio Sanchez, President of the Catholic University.

In connection with the Board meeting, Friends-UC organized a meeting with alumni from the University who are currently pursuing postgraduate studies in the United States to discuss current challenges and opportunities for the university and its graduates in different areas.

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UC President Ignacio Sánchez visits the University of Notre Dame

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UC President Ignacio Sánchez was welcomed to the University of Notre Dame by the President of the University, Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, and by the Vice-Presidents of the University. Together they discussed the existing programs of academic exchange and the perspectives for new collaboration with the UC.

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New Congregational leaders of CHRISTUS Health visit the University.

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As part of the development of its Faculty of Medicine, and addressing the challenges of an increasingly competitive Chilean health care market, the Catholic University in Chile decided in 2012 to start working together with CHRISTUS Health, an international Catholic, not-for-profit health system, owned by the Sisters of Charity of The Incarnate Word from San Antonio and Houston, Texas, in its Health-Care Services Network.

The partnership has been evolving positively during the last years, and this last September 2015 the new Congregational leaders, Sisters Kevina Keaton and Teresa Maya, visited the University and the Network so as to learn on site about the advancements.

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International Relations Office organizes a successful International Fair

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The International Fair recently took place at the atholic University in Chile in a festive atmosphere. The event aims at providing the student community with information on international exchanges, encouraging those interested in participating in an exchange to find out more about the over 300 UC partner universities abroad.

As part of this activity, over 200 exchange students represented 117 of the 300 universities with which the UC has an agreement. Over 3,000 people took part in the Fair.

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