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MIT Sloan Opens First International Office in Chile

MIT Sloan Opens First International Office in ChileAt a celebration in November: Andrónico Luksic, center, with (from left) Felipe Bulnes, Ambassador of Chile to the United States; MIT President L. Rafael Reif; MIT Sloan Dean David Schmittlein; and MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz, SM ’01

MIT Sloan recently opened a new office in Santiago, Chile, which will help to promote MIT Sloan programs to prospective students in the region, provide new opportunities for faculty research and collaboration with Chilean universities and companies, and enhance action learning programs. The office has its own dedicated staff, and was made possible by a gift from Andrónico Luksic, a member of MIT Sloan’s Latin American Executive Board and the Visiting Committee.

“MIT Sloan’s faculty is world class, its programs are innovative, and its alumni hold leadership positions in companies and organizations around the world—including in Chile,” says Luksic. “The School’s presence in Santiago will bring MIT closer to the country and provide a platform for its further collaboration.”

One such opportunity was a student study tour to Argentina and Chile last March, which was focused on education in Latin America. Between touring Santiago schools and speaking with the Minister of Education, the students also had a chance to visit the office and spend an evening with prospective students and alumni in the area. “It was inspiring to see the strong presence of the MIT brand abroad and the extensive network that we have established,” says MBA student Allie Owens, a participant in the tour. That network is currently composed of over 300 MIT alumni living in Chile, 125 of whom are MIT Sloan graduates.

The new presence in Chile “will provide a platform for us to learn more about the region—its people, its industries, and its governments,” said David Capodilupo, the executive director for the Office of International Programs at MIT Sloan.