In mid-April King’s Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering welcomed a delegation from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (PUC) de Chile to discuss a joint PhD programme and student and faculty exchange between the two institutions. As one of the top universities in Latin America, PUC offers enormous potential to develop strong teaching and research programmes across many faculties and will allow the two universities to build on longstanding connections that have seen students spend time in London and Santiago.
The full-day visit also brought together King’s Graduate School, Global Engagement office and Department of Informatics and saw the delegation explore areas of common interest and firm up the next steps for the new joint PhD programme in order for it to be successful.
Professor René Botnar (UC), from King’s Biomedical Engineering department, explained how King’s and PUC plan to progress their connections further:
“One conclusion from the discussions was to enhance the international profile of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Medical Imaging, based at King’s and Imperial College London, and to link it with the newly established Institute for Medicine, Biology and Engineering at PUC. This will allow us to build on existing contacts that we have made through two current PUC students already studying at CDT, and to enhance the links between the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at King’s and the School of Engineering at PUC, which will be crucial to get this programme off the ground.”
Ongoing discussions are now focussing on a joint workshop in Santiago which will help greatly in setting up a student and faculty exchange programme and to develop the joint PhD programme content even further.