Faculty of Engineering at develops strategic partnership with Chilean University

Last September, a contingency of engineering academics from the University of Sheffield visited La Universidad de Concepción, one of Chile’s leading universities, to develop collaborations in research and teaching.

This partnership has continued to progress, with delegates from Chile visiting Sheffield recently to tour our engineering departments and research centres, meeting staff and students to discuss opportunities to work together.

In addition to meeting academics in our departments, the delegates met with Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engineering, Professor Mike Hounslow, to discuss our strategic partnership, and representatives from University of Sheffield Enterprise, Women in Engineering and Learning and Teaching.

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Dr Wernher Brevis, from Sheffield’s Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, organised the visit with Tim Crick from the International Relations Office and said: “We were delighted to welcome Professor Claudio Zarór, Dr Esteban Pino and Dr Pablo Aqueveque from the Universidad de Concepción. Much of the research being undertaken at Sheffield is complementary to work being done in Chile so we are looking forward to working together on research projects in the future, as well as exploring student exchanges and scholarship opportunities.”

“The UK and Chile governments have recently entered a bilateral partnership to support excellent research and innovation under the Newton-Picarte Fund. Since the visit, we have received a grant from the fund to initiate our academic exchange with Universidad de Concepción.”

Another focus of the visit was to discuss developing innovative approaches to engineering education. The delegates from Chile were particularly impressed with the new £81m Diamond building, the University’s largest ever investment in learning and teaching. With 19 specialist engineering laboratories, students benefit from multidisciplinary learning and are not limited by traditional department or discipline boundaries.

After touring the Diamond, Professor Claudio Zaror from La Universidad de Concepción, said: “The Diamond is the best thing I’ve seen in the last 10 years.”