Deanna Csomo McCool | November 10, 2018
Universities can work independently to advance new discoveries through scientific research. Collaborating with other institutions, however, sparks greater advancements and innovations by tapping into the unique opportunities each academy holds.
The College of Science at the University of Notre Dame has cemented a partnership with the five schools of science within the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), as part of the Chilean government’s new initiative, “Science and Innovation for 2030.” The partnership was made official in October 2018 with a letter from the funding agency, which outlined details of the collaborative exchange between the two institutions’ science programs.
“We are pleased to have forged this partnership between the two universities,” said Mary Galvin, William K. Warren Family Foundation Dean of the College of Science. “Not only does this collaboration solidify a relationship that began with the exchange of professors, students, and ideas, but it will advance science by harnessing each institution’s strengths.”
A delegation from Notre Dame visited colleagues at PUC in April 2018. The trip was led by Galvin, Peter Kilpatrick, the former Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, and included faculty and advisory council members. The two universities have collaborated for several years, with a formal agreement in place with the College of Engineering since 2015. There had, however, never been a formal agreement with the College of Science.
Notre Dame and Católica hold a similar world view despite being in different hemispheres, and can offer varied research opportunities, according to Michael Hildreth, associate dean of research and graduate studies for the College of Science. For instance, Notre Dame students and faculty will have access to the world’s top telescopes and astrophysics opportunities because of the partnership with Católica. “When their next round of telescopes comes online, Chile will have 70 percent of all observing hours on earth for optical telescopes,” Hildreth said.
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