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Universidad de Santiago signs an agreement with the University of Michigan

  • The frame agreement between the two universities has the purpose of forging links in areas like student and academic exchange, professor and researcher training and continuing education, courses, seminars, conferences, workshops and publications.



The internationalization process of Universidad de Santiago de Chile has taken a step forward thanks to the new frame agreement signed with the University of Michigan, USA.

The initiative emerged in the context of a project led by Dr Gloria Baigorrotegui, professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IDEA, in Spanish) of Universidad da Santiago de Chile. The project is focused on the management of electric and electronical waste in Chile.

The agreement was signed by Dr Juan Manuel Zolezzi, President of Universidad de Santiago, and Julie Olivero, Project Representative of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects of the University of Michigan, and its goal is to promote the development and cultural dissemination, and particularly, higher education development and scientific and technological research for a period of three years.   

The agreement seeks to forge links in areas like student exchange; professor and researcher exchange; professor and researcher training and continuing education; information exchange; research and projects; courses; seminars; conferences; workshops, and publications, and others.

The relationship between Dr Baigorrotegui and the University of Michigan started with her work at the IDEA related to the fields of environment, energy and sustainability.

The goal of the project is to explore potential solutions to recycle and dispose electronic waste in Chile. It will have the collaboration of professors at the University of Michigan in fields like engineering, politics and business, and professors at universities in low- and middle-income countries with ongoing recycling operations for electronical waste, which will the object of this study. 

The project also seeks to develop partnerships with recycling workers, the Government and the community at large, and agencies and NGOs, in order to evaluate techniques and options to recycle or eliminate waste, taking into account the impacts on people’s health. 

Dr Baigorrotegui explains that her interest started from the concern about the uncontrolled increase of electric and electronic waste based on the trend of producing devices in a regimen of planned obsolescence, as well as the overconsumption of products containing mineral and chemical compounds which are dangerous to handle.

She says that with the study that she leads, Chile could become a model regarding international regulations in the climate change context. “Because Chile has not only focused on responding to the OECD’s regulatory requirements: it has also adapted and enriched them by incorporating social inclusion aspects, something new in Latin America and the countries in the global south,” she concludes.


Translated by Marcela Contreras

Fernando Seymour Dobud