On Monday 8 February we welcomed the Ambassador of Chile in the UK to campus. The Ambassador visited us to learn more about our current collaborations with Chile and to establish how the Embassy and the University work together in the region.
Ambassador Rolando Drago was welcomed by Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation) Professor Colin Grant and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) Professor Peter Lambert, both of whom have a keen interest in Latin America.
Professor Andreas Kyprianou and Dr Gavin Shaddick from the Department of Mathematical Sciences talked about their recent trip to Chile on behalf of SAMBa.
Dr Leslie Wehner and Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero discussed their research interests in Latin America, Dr Wehner expects to launch a Latin America Centre on campus this year.
Following a meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, the Ambassador met with students from Chile. It was a great chance for His Excellency to talk to them about why they chose to study in the UK and what brought them to Bath.
Professor Grant led an International Unit delegation to Chile and Argentina in 2014 to explore collaboration possibilities with other UK higher education institutions.
He commented: “On our visit to Chile in 2014, we were treated to warm hospitality and a series of very productive meetings, so I was pleased to be able to repay the Ambassador by hosting his visit to us.
“Chile is a rapidly growing country with a vibrant academic community, so to cement our existing relationship and discuss developing it further at such a senior level is very gratifying.”