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Dear Paola,

From compelling discussions on the impending education reform in Chile, to the launch of a case study book on the challenges faced by principals in Chilean public schools, education was at the forefront of the initiatives led by the Regional Office last month.

Creating new academic opportunities at Harvard and in Peru, the recently launched Harvard-UTEC Faculty Grants Program will enable faculty from both institutions to develop collaborative research projects in engineering and technology. I am also pleased to announce that, through a new agreement between the University and Peru's Ministry of Education, Peruvian professionals admitted to specific graduate programs at Harvard will receive governmental scholarships to make their educational pursuits a reality

I invite you to learn more about these and other initiatives that have and will continue to make a difference in the region. We are grateful to our partners and collaborators for their constant support.

Sincerely,


Marcela Rentería
Program Director, Regional Office

Launch of Case Study Book in Chile

Katherine Merseth, Faculty Director of the Teacher Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, visited Chile in March to participate in the launch of the Spanish version of the book Facing Challenges: Cases of School Principals in Chile. Through fifteen real-life cases authored by principals, and accompanying teaching notes authored by Professor Merseth, the book illustrates the complex situations encountered by leaders in Chilean public schools. With support from the Ministry of Education's Plan de Formación de Directores of the Centro de Perfeccionamiento, Experimentación e Investigaciones Pedagógicas (CPEIP), Professor Merseth spearheaded and supervised the creation of the book, which aims to contribute to the formation of leaders in education through an active and innovative pedagogical method.

In addition to participating in the book launches in Santiago, Viña del Mar and Temuco, Professor Merseth imparted workshops to over 500 leaders in education on effective ways to use the case studies as professional development tools. As part of her visit, the Harvard Club of Chile and the Regional Office organized an event for the local Harvard community, where Professor Merseth presented the book and the intricacies of its cases. For photos of these events, please click here.

These initiatives were part of the research project "Development of Instructional Materials for University-based Principal Training Programs in Chile", one of the twelve projects included in the 2013-14 Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative (HCII), sponsored by Chile’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) and the Ministry of the Economy.

Harvard University Lifetime Achievement Award in Peru


Harvard Law School alumna Beatriz Merino LLM '77 received the 2015 Harvard University Lifetime Achievement Award in Peru for her exceptional contributions to the betterment of society. The Harvard Club of Peru, the Harvard Business School Chapter of Peru, the Harvard Law School Association of Peru, and the Harvard Alumni Association hosted a reception ceremony honoring Merino. During his visit to Latin America, Jorge I. Domínguez, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Harvard, attended the award ceremony and gave an update on the state of the University and its current endeavors. DRCLAS Advisory Committee Chair Tony Custer and DRCLAS Faculty Director Brian Farrell also participated in the event and spoke about Harvard's growing involvement in Peru. 

Calama/CL: Seminar in Mining and Territories of Extraction


The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), in collaboration with the School of Design at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (UAI), CODELCO and DRCLAS, organized the event "Calama/CL: Seminar in Mining and Territories of Extraction", which took place at UAI in March. Thirteen GSD students attended this open seminar, which aimed to provide a broad perspective on the main challenges faced in mining and territories of extraction in Chile. L
ed by Luis Valenzuela, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design and DRCLAS Visiting Scholar, the seminar was part of the spring 2015 GSD course Territorial Intelligence in Landscapes of Production, which looks to provide new insights and foster innovations into an evidence-driven approach to territorial critical questions. After the seminar in Santiago, the GSD students participated in a faculty-led research field trip to Calama to explore answers to the increasing and foremost stresses to territories of development.

New Scholarships for Peruvian Professionals to Study at Harvard


Harvard University and the National Program of Scholarships and Educational Loans (Pronabec) of Peru's Ministry of Education signed an agreement in March to award government-funded scholarships to Peruvians interested in pursuing graduate degrees at Harvard. As part of Peru's prestigious Presidential Scholarship, this new initiative will provide funds for tuition, airfare and living expenses to Peruvians admitted to specific master's and doctorate degree programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Through these scholarships, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Harvard, aims to develop Peru's human and social capital by giving access to a world-class education to exceptional Peruvian professionals, who wouldn't be able to afford pursuing a graduate degree otherwise. For more information in Spanish, click here

New Harvard-UTEC Faculty Grants Program


In February, Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, DRCLAS and UTEC launched the Harvard-UTEC Faculty Grants Program, one of the various initiatives resulting from the historic agreement signed by the two universities in October 2014. The aim of the program is to develop lines of collaborative research between Harvard and UTEC faculty from all disciplines in projects containing a component of engineering science and/or technology. Three grants of $30,000 each will be awarded by June 2015.

Perspectives on Education Reform in Chile


The Regional Office, in collaboration with the Harvard Club of Chile, organized a luncheon discussion with Thomas Kane, Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, during his visit to Chile in March. Professor Kane had the opportunity to present his research on the challenges faced by the education system in the United States, and offer an external perspective on the impending education reform in Chile. Distinguished leaders in education participated in the event and engaged in discussion on the new teaching policy in Chile and other aspects of the country's education system. Fundación Espacio Público and the U.S Embassy in Chile organized Professor Kane's visit to participate as keynote speaker in the public forum New Teaching Policy: Chile in the Light of International Experience.

In this Issue:

Estudiantes de arquitectura de Harvard rediseñarán áreas verdes en Bolivia
Los arquitectos, Michael Lee y Jessica Sevilla, de la Universidad de Harvard se reunieron con vecinos de la OTB Villa Coronilla para realizar el rediseño de tres áreas verdes del vecindario. Los profesionales manifestaron que es posible recuperar estos lugares como espacios comunitarios para reducir la inseguridad y fomentar el crecimiento. Read more here.

Peruanos podrán acceder a posgrados en Harvard
La Beca Presidente de la República permitirá que profesionales peruanos puedan seguir maestrías y doctorados en la prestigiosa Universidad de Harvard. Read more here.

Novel method for identifying rings around planets
Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Antioquia (Medellin, Colombia) have devised a novel method for identifying rings around extrasolar planets (exorings). Read more here.

Académico de Harvard Expone en Seminario de Historia Global en Perú
Hablar del capitalismo y su influencia en la historia global es un tema extenso y controversial; sin embargo, es innegable el hecho de que este sistema y sus relaciones sociales se encuentran, actualmente, presentes en casi todas las partes del mundo y han ingresado en diferentes aspectos de la vida humana. Read more here.

Thomas Kane: “Escuelas pueden transformar vida de alumnos, pero son los docentes los mayores responsables de ese efecto”
El experto de la Universidad de Harvard dio pistas respecto a cómo mejorar las políticas docentes en Chile, en un foro en el que compartió con la subsecretaria de Educación, Valentina Quiroga, y otros expertos en la materia. Read more here.

Estudiantes de Harvard visitan la Asociación Alianza Educativa en Colombia
14 estudiantes del Programa de Maestría y Doctorado en Educación y Gobierno de la Universidad de Harvard visitaron el Colegio Argelia de la Asociación Alianza Educativa (AAE) con el fin de conocer el sistema de concesión en la ciudad de Bogotá. Read more here.

En CPEIP presentan libro Enfrentando Desafíos: Estudio de Casos para Directores de Escuelas
El dilema de un director que debe elegir a un nuevo encargado de convivencia y el de un coordinador académico que llega a trabajar a un colegio técnico profesional, con una alta matrícula de inmigrantes, son dos de los 15 casos que recopila el libro Enfrentando Desafíos: Estudio de Casos para Directores de Escuelas. Read more here.

Harvard otorga premio Lifetime Achievement 2015 a Beatriz Merino
El premio Harvard Lifetime Achievement 2015 será entregado el lunes 16 de marzo a la Dra. Beatriz Merino por su extraordinaria contribución a la sociedad. Read more here.

Reconnecting with Chile
"I would like to thank DRCLAS for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. After moving to the United States at age 6, my undocumented status made me believe that I would never see Chile again." Read more about Lisette's story in the Regional Office blog.

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