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INNED BETWEEN THE ANDES MOUNTAIN CHAIN AND THE

Pacific Ocean in South America, Chile is an indisputably remote
location. But over the past decade it has nonetheless become a
thriving locale for international student partnerships, with many
of its higher education institutions (HEIs) receiving and sending
students and faculty to and from much of the rest of the world.
"When I came to Universidad Mayor in 2003, the university didn't have any
international agreements, but in the past 10 years, we have established cooperative agreements with 373 universities in 52 different countries," says René Lara,
vice president of international programs at Universidad Mayor (UM), Chile, a
private university with more than 18,000 students. "During this period, we have
mobilized more than 8,500 students (incoming and outgoing students). This trend
is increasing every year."
Universidad Mayor is not an outlier. The HEIs of Latin America, long among
the least internationalized higher education regions in the world, are increasing
and diversifying their international partnerships as they become further plugged
into the world landscape, with partnerships between themselves and foreign HEIs
moving beyond novelties and student exchanges to more sophisticated approaches
to advancing their institutions' presence on the world stage. In many cases, national
internationalization strategies and support from abroad are driving their efforts.

An Explosion of Latin American
Internationalization Efforts
A total of 48 percent of Latin American and Caribbean HEIs surveyed in a 2013
report by the International Association of Universities that was cosponsored by
NAFSA, the IAU 4th Global Survey, had discrete internationalization policies,
with another 28 percent preparing such plans, and another 15 percent already
including internationalization as part of their overall institutional strategy. Thus,
91 percent of the region's HEIs have specific or general internationalization plans.
Latin American HEIs participating in the IAU survey ranked Europe and North
America as their co-first priority regions for internationalization, followed by, second, elsewhere in Latin American and the Caribbean, and third, Asia and the Pacific.
The top three benefits of internationalization reported by participating Latin
American HEIs in the IAU survey were, first, increased international networking
by faculty and researchers; second, improving the quality of teaching and learning;
and, third, increasing the international awareness of students.
"Undergraduate international mobility is the main interest of the majority of
the universities from Latin American and Brazil," says Sonia Pereira Laus, former
president of FAUBAI (the Brazilian Association for International Education) and
former director of International Cooperation of Santa Catarina State University,

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Latin America is opening the door to
increasing international partnerships with
higher education institutions worldwide.
BY DAVID TOBENKIN



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