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Last updated at 18:07 (UK time) 21 Nov 2012

UK and Chile commit to furthering science and innovation co-operation

21 November 2012

The initiative is a signal of the commitment of the UK and Chile to work together on science, innovation and education matters.
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Within the framework of President Piñera's visit to the UK, both countries issued a joint statement on science, innovation and education that reads as follows:

"The UK and Chile announce their commitment to furthering co-operation in science, innovation and education.  This initiative is launched in the context of the designation in Chile of 2013 as a year of innovation and reflects the growing co-operation of the UK and Chile in these matters.

The initiative is a signal of the commitment of the UK and Chile to work together on science, innovation and education matters in the coming year and beyond, in order to enable the further development of Chile’s national science and innovation system, provide opportunities for learning from each other’s experiences and to develop bilateral links between the UK and Chile, including trade, educational and people-to-people links.  It affirms the UK and Chile as mutual partners of choice on such issues.

Activities will be developed under this initiative, including, but not limited to:  inward and outward missions, strengthening of links between academia and joint promotion of national schemes.  In concrete terms, the partnership will include the following actions divided into three main pillars:

Innovation and Development

  • The visit of a UK innovation delegation to Chile in November 2012, comprising policymakers and practitioners.
  • The visit of a Chilean innovation delegation to the UK in January 2013, focusing on the commercialisation of science, and including policymakers, universities and other interested actors.
  • Co-operation on the Chilean international research centres for excellence scheme, which aims to attract foreign research institutions to Chile, including UK attendance at relevant seminars, diffusion of the scheme to UK stakeholders and organisation of fact-finding trips to the UK.
  • Promotion of greater entrepreneurship links between UK and Chile, including through the Chilean government’s ‘Start Up Chile’ initiative, in which over 20 UK companies have already taken part.


  • Continuing co-operation on postgraduate education, given the UK’s emergence in 2011 as the number 1 destination for Chilean government-sponsored postgraduate scholars and the tripling of UK-funded Chevening scholarships offered to Chileans in 2012.
  • Continuing co-operation on English language provision, including the imminent launch of British Council’s agreement with the Ministry of Labour to provide online English courses for 60,000 Chilean workers and UK company Cambridge ESOL providing  the  Cambridge Placement Test to certify English language levels of 5,000 Chilean teachers in the public sector.
  • Diffusion in UK of existence of 100 Chilean government-sponsored CONICYT postgraduate placements available in Chile for students from the UK and other nations.

Science and Technology

  • Greater co-operation on science, strengthening links between Chilean and UK academics, including through advertising UK funding already available, initiatives such as the Beagle Foundation, joint seminars and investigating options for developing further research collaboration mechanisms.
  • Increased scientific cooperation in Antarctica, specifically between the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and its Chilean counterpart, the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), as specified in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in London on 15 November 2012.


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