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Announcing the new Luksic Scholarship at the Edinburgh Futures Institute of the University of Edinburgh

The Luksic Scholarship at the Edinburgh Futures Institute of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland offers a unique opportunity for Chilean students interested in deepening their knowledge in Circular Economy or in Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics. Applications are open until April 4th.

Apply here for: MSc in Circular Economy
Apply here for: MSc in Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Training professionals and leaders prepared to address current challenges in two key areas for society is one of the main objectives of “The Luksic Scholarship at the Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh,” a new academic opportunity that has been developed in collaboration between Luksic Scholars and the Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

This full funding opportunity is aimed at Chilean professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge and leading change in critical areas such as the Circular Economy or Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics, specializing through a Master of Science (MSc) at a leading university such as the University of Edinburgh, located in Scotland, United Kingdom.

Each year, a total of three scholarships will be available for candidates who are admitted to the MSc in Circular Economy or the MSc in Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics programs.

“We are very excited to be launching these opportunities together with an exceptional partner like the University of Edinburgh, through the Edinburgh Futures Institute. We know that participants will greatly benefit from the innovative vision and interdisciplinary approach that characterize this Institute’s academic programs, which are aimed at seeking solutions for current and future challenges through collaboration and creativity,” highlighted Trinidad García from the Luksic Scholars team.

Those interested in applying must follow the regular admission processes and requirements established by the University of Edinburgh. The application deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year for international students is April 4, 2024.

The Luksic Scholarship covers the entirety of tuition fees and provides a stipend aimed at covering living expenses associated during the duration of the program. Additionally, it offers a one-time payment to cover initial arrival costs in Edinburgh, such as airfare and accommodation.

For more information about admission requirements and the application process, you can contact the admissions team of the Edinburgh Futures Institute at EFI.education@ed.ac.uk.

It is important to note that all admission, selection, and funding allocation processes are carried out exclusively by the Edinburgh Futures Institute of the University of Edinburgh.

Over 100 people participate in academic programs carried out by Harvard and Oxford in Chile

In early January, over 100 participants completed the “Case Method for Public Policy Workshop” taught by the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and “Negotiating Across Differences: Concepts, Strategies, and Tools” carried out by the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Amongst the participants, a total of 56 organizations were represented, such as universities, non-profit organizations, as well as institutions in both the public and private sectors. All participants will now be part of the Luksic Scholars Community, a network that unites over 1,900 professionals, academics, and researchers.

​​Enhancing public service education and training, acquiring new skills, and creating professional networks were the main goals of two academic programs held in January in Chile, through a collaboration between Luksic Scholars, an initiative of the Luksic Foundation, the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, and the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.

A total of 103 individuals, including academics, professionals, leaders, and researchers, took part in the courses held over two days in Santiago. Participants represented 56 organizations from different regions of the country, primarily universities, non-profit organizations, and various public and private sector institutions.

The “Case Method for Public Policy Workshop” taught by the Blavatnik School of Government was for undergraduate and postgraduate university teachers seeking to strengthen their practical skills in case method teaching to enrich public policy education.

The “Negotiating Across Differences: Concepts, Strategies, and Tools” carried out by the Harvard Kennedy School explored negotiation methods to equip organizational leaders with the strategic, analytical, and communication skills necessary for effective communication and communication strategy.

“At Luksic Scholars, our approach is to bring international expertise to Chilean academics and professionals without the need for them to travel abroad. This allows us to reach larger groups of people, break down language barriers, and achieve a greater representation of the local ecosystem,” commented Isabella Luksic, CEO of the Luksic Foundation.

The academic programs were part of “Global Paths: Seeking Points of Encounter,” a conference organized by Luksic Scholars of which 400 people attended to discuss consensus-building in today’s polarized world and the role of academia in finding collaborative solutions.

Reflections:

Alejandra Sepúlveda, CEO of Comunidad Mujer and participant in the “Negotiating Across Differences” program, said that “the program was not only good for the way in which it taught its methodology and teachings but also because it comes at a time when our country faces many challenges on how we can reach agreements. 

Alejandra Sepúlveda, CEO of Comunidad Mujer and participant in Harvard’s “Negotiating Across Differences” program, appreciated the program not just for its methods and teachings but also for its relevance in Chile’s current context of seeking consensus. She noted that “the model we saw is based on the idea that not thinking alike does not prevent one from bridging positions and working together. The winner is not the one who takes the whole ball; it is the opposite. When one ensures that all parties feel represented and heard, exponential value is generated.”

Emilio Moya, director of the Public Policy Center at the Catholic University of Temuco, participated in the “Case Method for Public Policy Workshop” program. He highlighted its significant value, particularly for those working in regional contexts. “Bringing methodological tools and pedagogical innovations to regional universities is crucial,” he said, referring to the unique challenges in regions like La Araucanía. Moya believes this program will enhance students’ understanding of how to develop studies for the effective implementation of public policies and social programs.

Much like others who have previously completed any of the academic programs supported by Luksic Scholars, the 103 participants will now be part of the Luksic Scholars Community, a network of over 1,900 individuals that aims to support them in their professional journeys by offering various growth and development opportunities.

Boost Your Career in Sustainability: Information Session with EducationUSA and Columbia University

The benefits of studying a master’s program in the United States and financial support options are some of the topics that will be covered in the webinar. Sign up below.

We invite students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in the U.S. in areas related to sustainability to join our upcoming information session, organized in collaboration with EducationUSA and Columbia University. The following topics will be covered: 

  • The Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University and the Luksic Scholarship.
  • The requirements and benefits of studying in the United States.
  • The financial support options for completing a master’s degree in the United States.

>> Sign up here. The session will take place on Tuesday, January 30th at 3:00 pm EST / 5:00 PM CLST.

The webinar will be held in English and a recording of the event will be made available afterward.


The Luksic Scholarship at Columbia University

The Luksic Scholarship for Sustainability at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University was created to support the development of trained leaders in sustainability, aiming to equip professionals with the necessary resources to generate change within their communities and professional environments. A total of 2 full scholarships are available each year for students admitted to this program for the Fall semester.

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year are open until March 15, 2024. Interested candidates can apply here.
It is important to note that the admission, selection, and fund allocation processes are exclusively carried out by Columbia University.

About Luksic Scholars

Luksic Scholars facilitates access to international academic opportunities in collaboration with renowned universities around the world, offering scholarships for master’s and doctorate programs, research, and bespoke programs.

Participants in any Luksic Scholars program become part of the Luksic Scholars Community, a global network of over 1,000 Scholars that offers unique benefits and opportunities.

About the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University

Since 1995, the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University has administered and developed programs to meet a wide variety of student needs and is committed to offering diverse and innovative programs that help students succeed in their educational and professional development.

About EducationUSA

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network with over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world.

The EducationUSA Santiago office is the main EducationUSA office in Chile and provides academic advising at the undergraduate, graduate, and intensive English levels at all accredited universities in the United States.

Ngaire Woods, Dean at Oxford, reflects on consensus: “It is crucial that we teach our students how to converse and engage in discussions”

More than 400 people, including leaders, academics, and representatives from the public and private sectors, gathered at CorpArtes to attend the “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground” conference, which featured a keynote speech by the Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The polarization of society, the stability of democracies today, and the role of academia in promoting dialogue and the search for joint solutions were some of the topics addressed during the panel, which was formed by Paula Daza, Verónica Figueroa Huencho, Oscar Landerretche, and Sebastián Soto.

The “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground” conference, organized by the Luksic Foundation through Luksic Scholars, offered a space to delve into the significance of reaching consensus in an increasingly divided world and the role of academia in facilitating joint solution-seeking. The event, which offered both in-person and via streaming, gathered over 400 people, including leaders, academics, and professionals from across the country and abroad.

Is consensus necessary? Can agreements be reached without parties giving up their convictions? And, how do we avoid stagnation in a polarized democracy? These were some of the questions addressed during the conference. 

“We want to understand what is happening in the world and provide tools to contribute to the exchange of ideas and the development of people,” said Isabella Luksic at the beginning of the conference. The CEO of the Luksic Foundation also explained that the purpose of the organization is focused on contributing to the development of Chile through educational initiatives, and that this particular event arises from the conviction that academia plays a significant role in promoting the development of countries and that international experiences can create valuable knowledge exchange.

The keynote address was delivered by Ngaire Woods, the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. “Polarization is taking place around the world, societies are fracturing and not sharing, and that should concern us,” said the expert in her talk. Regarding the role of universities and education in this challenge, the Dean pointed out that “it is essential that we teach our students how to converse and engage in discussions. That at the end of the day, we can agree to disagree.” 

Following Dean Woods’ speech, a panel discussion took place between Oscar Landerretche, economist and academic at the Universidad de Chile, Paula Daza, former Undersecretary of Public Health, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy and Health Innovation at UDD (CIPS-UDD), Verónica Figueroa, academic at the Institute of Public Affairs at the Universidad de Chile, and Sebastián Soto, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Law, Pontificia Universidad de Católica, and Vice-President of the Expert Commission.

Both Verónica Figueroa and Sebastián Soto belong to the Luksic Scholars Community, which is made up of of more than 1,800 people who have participated in an academic program promoted by the Foundation in collaboration with universities worldwide.

Ways to Reach Agreements

One of the topics discussed was the possibility of reaching consensus in a polarized society and the crisis of democratic institutions. In this regard, economist Oscar Landerretche noted: “I think that for the problems we are facing in our society, setting the requirement of achieving consensus is too high of a bar. I prefer the word ‘agreements or contracts’.”

During the conference, recent events that have happened in Chile were addressed, such as the social outbreak in October of 2019 and the recent plebiscite process for a new constitution. Paula Daza, former Undersecretary of Public Health, commented: “We have common objectives, we are concerned about contributing to our country and providing solutions to Chile. This allows us to reach consensus. The pandemic taught us a lot in this aspect. I believe that consensus is possible.”

Verónica Figueroa emphasized that as a country “we are coming out of processes that allowed us to discuss, reflect, and dream about the country we want. It is important that university spaces be spaces for reflection. I think that today we have significant challenges that we can focus on the dreams of the institutions we want for the country.”

As for Sebastián Soto, he commented that “in the future, democracies have as a great challenge on governability. Consensus is fundamental since one builds transactions and contracts on consensus. But we have to have a common ground. It will not be unanimity, but rather fundamental values that must be shared over time.”

Alongside the “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground” conference, two programs aimed at academics, researchers, and professionals in the field of public service will be held. The programs are “Case Method for Public Policy Workshop,” developed by the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, and “Negotiating Across Differences: Concepts, Strategies, and Tools,” implemented by Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Ngaire Woods: “Plebiscites exacerbate polarization and divide societies more and more.”

The founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford is set to be the keynote speaker at the “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground” conference, organized by the Luksic Scholars initiative of the Luksic Foundation. This event is focused on creating dialogue about the role of public service in fostering Chile’s development and on identifying the most effective methods for building consensus.

Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, will be addressing topics such as how academia can equip future political leaders for a divided world and the impact of forming unconventional coalitions on effective governance during her visit to Chile.

As a keynote speaker for the “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground” conference, organized by Luksic Scholars, an initiative of the Luksic Foundation, Dean Woods is currently in-country for the event scheduled for Tuesday, January 9th.

In an interview with El Mercurio, Dean Ngaire, who is also an academic of global economic governance, highlighted several challenges that democracies are facing around the world today. These include the difficulty of increasing polarization in society, the questioning of government institutions, and the use of referendums and plebiscites as an “alternative” to representative democracy.

She emphasized that “when politicians are elected to assume responsibilities, but instead turn around and say they want to hear our voices individually, what they are saying is that they are looking for shortcuts to representative democracy. This is the case in Chile, regarding the Constitution, in Australia regarding the Aboriginals, and in Brexit.” She pointed out that plebiscites “exacerbate polarization and divide societies more and more.”

Specifically addressing the three constitutional plebiscites held in Chile, Dean Woods remarked, “constitutions are not magical solutions. Many governments attempt to modify electoral systems through constitutional changes, hoping to address underlying issues. While constitutions can sometimes offer solutions, if they do not turn out well, they can crystallize the status quo.”

International Conference: “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground”

Dean Ngaire will be the main speaker at the “Global Paths: Seeking Common Ground” conferece which will take place on Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30 pm Chile time. She will provide a keynote speech on how to improve the governance of organizations, the challenges of globalization, development, and the role of international institutions and global economic governance.

Her speech will be followed by a panel discussion held amongst experts with vast experience in the public and private sectors, including the former Undersecretary of Public Health of Chile, Paula Daza; economist and former Chairman of the Board of CODELCO, Oscar Landerretche; professor of the Faculty of Government of the University of Chile and former Undersecretary of Higher Education, Verónica Figueroa; and Chilean lawyer and academic, Sebastián Soto.
The event will be live-streamed via the website www.caminosglobales.cl.
For more information, please contact scholars@fundacionluksic.cl.

The Luksic Scholars Fund: Introducing the Third Edition’s 16 Awardees 

This year there was a notable increase in applications to the Luksic Scholars Fund, which supports initiatives of the members of the Luksic Scholars Community in order to continue fostering the professional and personal development of individuals who have participated in Luksic Scholars programs. The total amount of funding available increased from $50,000 USD to approximately $72,000 USD.

A course on digital transformation, an innovation network in teaching for nutritionist training, a book on transfer pricing, and a study on the impact of Pro-Entrepreneurship Public Policies on the survival of enterprises in Chile, are part of the projects selected in The Luksic Scholars Fund 2023.

The initiative was created in 2021 with the aim of continuing to provide continuous support to members of the Luksic Scholars Community after they have participated in any of the academic programs offered by the organization. Scholars can receive up to $5,000 USD to develop initiatives in their areas of interest, thereby strengthening their leadership skills, acquiring competencies in key areas for their careers, or developing knowledge and research that contribute to their expertise.

This year, there was a significant increase in applications received by the Fund, reaching a total of 61 applications. Additionally, the funds to be distributed among the selected was increased to a total of approximately $72,000, in order to support more initiatives from the Community.

The panel responsible for evaluating each of the applications is formed by Georges de Bourguignon, co-founder and President of Asset Chile; Verónica Martini, Assistant Vice President for University Development at Columbia University; Steve Reifenberg, Professor of International Development at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame; and Manuela Sánchez, Director of the Luksic Foundation.

Of the 16 Luksic Scholars whose projects were selected, 13 are from Chile, more specifically residing in the regions of Antofagasta, Biobío, Coquimbo, La Araucanía, and Metropolitan. Additionally, this version included a recipient from the United States, one from Mexico, and one from Croatia.

Selected Initiatives – The Luksic Scholars Fund 2023

Name: Ariel Ávila.
Project: “Leading with Finance” course at Harvard University.
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Chile 2021.

Name: Beatriz Millan.
Project: “Impact of Pro-Entrepreneurship Public Policies on the Survival of Enterprises and Their Internationalization Strategies. The Case of Chile 2010 – 2021”.
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Chile 2014, Babson Luksic Fellows 2015.

Name: Catalina Balmaceda.
Project: Classical Numismatics in Chile.
Luksic Scholars Program: Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants 2020.

Name: Claudia Bugueño.
Project: Innovation and Research Network in Teaching for Nutritionist Training (RIID).
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Antofagasta 2023.

Name: Herman Bennett.
Project: Book on the topic “Transfer Pricing”.
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Chile 2023.

Name: Juan Pablo Ramaciotti.
Project: Analysis and Policy Proposals regarding the implementation of Visas for Seasonal Migrant Workers.
Luksic Scholars Program: London School of Economics, Master in Public Policy (MPP) – Luksic Scholarship 2020.

Name: Kristina Fister.
Project: Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence in Croatian Healthcare.
Luksic Scholars Program: Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education – Croatia 2019.

Name: Loreto Cox.
Project: Chile 50 Years after the Coup: Permanence and Change of Political Divisions across Generations.
Luksic Scholars Program: MIT Doctorate in Political Science – Luksic Fellowship 2013.

Name: Miguel Cortes.
Project: Specialization Course in Digital Transformation.
Luksic Scholars Program: Conducting Business in China – CMIX 2008.

Name: Natalie Meyers.
Project: Establishing a National Strategy and Roadmap for GO FAIR in Chile.
Luksic Scholars Program: Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants 2019.

Name: Rodrigo Perez.
Project: Creating Value through Design 3rd Edition.
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Chile 2023, Babson Luksic Fellows 2023.

Name: Samuel Fernandez.
Project: Dissemination of research results on the Council of Nicaea (325).
Luksic Scholars Program: Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants 2015.

Name: Sandra Arenas.
Project: Reception of the ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council in Temuco-Chile: public incidence in a plural religious context.
Luksic Scholars Program: Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants 2015.

Name: Sebastian Gonzalez.
Project:  Transforming Classroom Teaching: Integrating Thinking Routines, High-Impact Practices, and Design Thinking for the Development of 21st Century Skills (Golden Skills).
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Chile 2023.

Name: Tesalia Rizzo.
Project: Between Citizens and the State: How Bureaucratic Transaction Costs Sustain Clientelism.
Luksic Scholars Program: MIT Doctorate in Political Science – Luksic Fellowship 2015.

Name: Silvana Cerda.
Project: Israel Innovation Experience 360° – From the Desert of Tel Aviv to Arica.*
Luksic Scholars Program: Babson SEE Antofagasta 2023, Babson Luksic Fellows 2023.

*The project has been temporarily suspended due to the recent circumstances in the area.

Note: The details and conditions of the projects mentioned in this publication are subject to modifications and updates. The Foundation reserves the right to alter any aspects of the projects as required to guarantee their efficacy and alignment with the overarching goals of the initiative.

University of Notre Dame and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile celebrate 10 years of relations through the Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants program.

Over the past decade, more than 170 academics, students, and administrative staff have been part of the Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants program, enabling them to connect, collaborate and share in diverse fields such as philosophy, engineering, mathematics, arts and humanities. 

“New beginnings,” “openness,” “friendship” and “opportunities.” With these words, Faculty Exchange Luksic Grants participants define their experience in the program that for the past 10 years has strengthened relations between Chile and the United States, fostering exchange between the communities of two renowned academic institutions: the University of Notre Dame du Lac and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

In total, 176 academics, students and administrative staff from both universities collaborated by doing joint research, participating in exchanges, and attending conferences organized by the universities in both countries. This collaboration fostered a virtuous connection in one of the spheres with the greatest transformative potential in society: higher education.

“Throughout these years, we have seen how the strategic collaboration between these institutions has positively transformed the educational and professional trajectories of hundreds of people. But we have also been able to observe how the collaboration has promoted knowledge, research and cultural exchange between the two countries”, said Isabella Luksic, Executive Director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation. 

To celebrate the achievements and results of the program, academics and executives from the University of Notre Dame visited Chile to participate in a meeting with Luksic Scholars who were part of this educational experience, as well as with representatives from the Catholic University, the Notre Dame Santiago Global Center office, and the Foundation’s team. 

“We are very pleased with what has been achieved with this program. Thanks to the Luksic Scholars Foundation for planting this seed, which has meant that today we are very close strategic partners with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. We really feel that in the future this bond can only grow stronger, since the relationship with Chile is an exchange that is very important to us”, stated Michael Pippenger, Vice President and Associate Provost for Internationalization at the University of Notre Dame. 

President of Universidad Católica, Ignacio Sánchez, stressed the importance of continuing to promote internationalization in higher education. “As a university we are committed to continuing to establish strong relationships with universities and research centers around the world. This program marked the beginning of a very fruitful collaboration that has benefited academics, administrators, and mainly our students. We believe that we need to foster global skills for global challenges, and internationalization opens opportunities in that path”. 

Camila Varela, a professor and coordinator of international affairs at the UC School of Nursing, was one of the participants in the program and went to the United States in early 2022. She commented, “I was able to find a very interesting path that had to do with my role in promoting the internationalization of our students and academics at the school. I had meetings, learned about best practices and was able to explore the experiences they had developed to promote collaborative work with other countries, allowing me to bring that learning and propose new challenges in favor of internationalization”. 

The meeting was moderated by Lilian Ferrer, Vice Rector for International Affairs at Universidad Católica. At the event, different Luksic Scholars shared their testimonies and experiences which included research and collaborations in diverse fields such as art, history, physics, biology, architecture and philosophy.

As part of the celebration of the program’s 10th anniversary, a seminar titled “Internationalization in Higher Education: Reflections on the Effects and Impact of the Strategic Collaboration of Institutions” was held. The event was open to the public and featured panelists including Lilian Ferrer (UC); Michael Pippenger (ND); Domingo Mery (UC), Rob Nerenberg (ND), Cristian Diaz Castro (UC), Hong Zhu (ND) and Steve Reifenberg (ND). 

The seminar addressed topics such as the challenges and achievements in establishing a vice-rectorate for international affairs; the path of dual certification; and the impact of promoting an inclusive and sustainable student exchange.

“100 Women Leaders 2023”: three Luksic Scholars recognized for their talent and leadership

Luksic Scholars, Loreto Cox, Alejandra Loyola, and Susana Sierra were selected from more than 32,000 nominations received in the 22nd edition of this annual accolade. The initiative, organized by El Mercurio along with Mujeres Empresarias, seeks to recognize the work and trajectory of women who contribute to society from their various fields. 

The recent “100 Women Leaders 2023” awards, organized by El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias, celebrated the achievements of Luksic Scholars, Loreto Cox, Alejandra Loyola, and Susana Sierra. They were selected from over 32,000 nominations in the 22nd edition of the contest, which honors women contributing significantly to various societal sectors.

This annual accolade, that has now become a tradition, highlights the talent and leadership of Chilean women across multiple fields and rtoles, acknowledging their contributions to the nation’s social and economic progress.

The awards spanned five categories this year: Businesswomen and Entrepreneurs; Social Service; Executives; Public Service; Professionals, Academics, and Researchers. With over 32,000 nominations translating to 1,386 distinct applicants, a diverse jury of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and representatives from academia and various sectors selected the top 100, including three Luksic Scholars (people who have participated in an academic program supported by Luksic Scholars, an initiative promoted by the Luksic Foundation). 

Loreto Cox, a professor and researcher at the UC School of Government, was recognized in the “Professionals, Academics, and Researchers” category. Her research delves into political behavior, employing surveys and experiments. Cox, an economist and sociologist, pursued her Ph.D. in political science at MIT, supported by the Luksic Fellowship from 2014-2019.

In the “Businesswomen and Entrepreneurs” category, Alejandra Loyola and Susana Sierra were recognized. Alejandra Loyola is the founder of TheHouse Advisory, an organization dedicated to advising boards of directors and managers of local and international companies to increase their effectiveness and enhance their results strategically, providing more than just financial support. A commercial engineer from the Catholic University, Alejandra Loyola is also a member of the boards of Mapfre Seguros, Fundación Tacal and participates in the presidency of the board of directors of the Foundation of Graduates of the UC School of Economics and Administration. She participated in the 2013 Luksic Scholars Conducting Business in China (CMIX program), fostering business plan development between MBA students at Tsinghua University and the Catholic University of Chile.

Susana Sierra, CEO of BH Compliance is a company that guides organizations to protect themselves against business malpractice and helps them to act sustainably. Her extensive experience in transparency and organizational culture has earned her multiple accolades. Sierra participated in the 2007 Luksic Scholars-supported Babson Chilean Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE), a symposium for entrepreneurship educators in Chile. 

Congratulations to all the women who have been recognized this year!

Announcing the Luksic Scholarship for Sustainability at Columbia University

Columbia University School of Professional Studies is proud to announce the Luksic Scholarship for Sustainability at Columbia University for students in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program. The scholarship, supported by the Luksic Scholars Foundation, will cover the full cost of attendance, including tuition and living expenses. Students who have lived or worked in Chile and who are committed to working on sustainability efforts in the region will be eligible for the scholarship.

“We are grateful to partner with the Luksic Scholars Foundation to give more students access to Columbia University and all the resources it offers,” said Troy Eggers, dean of the School of Professional Studies (SPS). “Our courses will equip these students with the skills and knowledge to implement change in the Chilean region and in communities that have been on the front lines of climate change.”

“At the Luksic Scholars Foundation, we are committed to supporting the development of skilled leaders in sustainability, equipping professionals with the resources to be able to create change within their communities and professional environments,” said Isabella Luksic, executive director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation. “Working with the School of Professional Studies’ M.S. in Sustainability Management program is a vital component in achieving this goal.”

Bolstered by the cutting-edge research from Columbia Climate School’s Earth Institute and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the M.S. in Sustainability Management program offered at SPS combines innovative instruction in leading climate change science research with practical strategies to implement that knowledge in sustainable industries. The instructors in the program are both Columbia full-time professors and practitioners in the field of sustainability from organizations and companies including the New York City Mayor’s Office, ConEdison, Morgan Stanley, Etsy, Coach, and Cerberus Capital Management.

“The M.S. in Sustainability Management program at SPS provides our students with an education that will help them change the world for the better,” said Steve Cohen, senior vice dean of SPS and director of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program. “This scholarship will help us reach more students from a region that is at the forefront of global sustainability efforts, and we enthusiastically look forward to the ideas and experience these students will add to classroom discussions.”

One recent graduate, Valentina Muñoz Venezian (’23SPS, SUMA), a former student president of the M.S. in Sustainability Management program and a Chilean national, is excited that more students from her region will have the opportunity to study at Columbia. “I look forward to seeing what the next generations of students will do with the skills they learn at Columbia. And I’m sure that one day our paths will connect while developing high-impact sustainability projects in Chile and Latin America.”

 Application for fall 2024 enrollment is open. The deadline for international applicants is March 15, 2024. Further information regarding application requirements can be found here

Interested candidates are encouraged to attend a virtual session on November 30, 2023, at 12:00 pm CLST to learn more about the scholarship, the program, and application requirements and deadlines. 

Upcoming Information Sessions for the Luksic Scholarships in Public Service

In collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Oxford, MIT, and Sciences Po, the Luksic Scholars Foundation is offering information sessions that will feature representatives from each university, as well as Luksic Scholars, allowing prospective candidates to learn more about the programs and Scholarship opportunities available.

The Luksic Scholarships in Public Service have been developed by the Luksic Scholars Foundation to enable Chilean professionals to pursue an international master’s or doctorate degree with a special emphasis in this field. These full scholarships have been created in association with globally renowned institutions: LSE, the University of Oxford, MIT, and Sciences Po.

How to access the Luksic Scholarships? Apply directly to the respective university and adhere to their admissions and financial aid guidelines.

JOIN US FOR AN INFORMATION SESSION:

Engage with representatives from each university, get insights on admissions and financial aid processes and requirements, and hear firsthand experiences from Luksic Scholars. Sign up below for the information sessions of your choice:

London School of Economics (LSE) – London, UK / Sign up here.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 12:00 pm CLST

  • 4 Scholarships offered each year for the Public Policy (MPP) and Public Administration (MPA) programs (2 for MPP and 2 for MPA)
  • Application period: October 2023-January 2024 for program applications / February 2024 for Scholarship applications

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford – Oxford, UK / Sign up here

Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 10:00 am CLST

  • 3 Scholarships offered each year for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program.
  • Application period: September 2023-January 2024

Department of Political Science, MIT – Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA / Sign up here

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm CLST

  • 1 Scholarship offered each year for the Doctorate in Political Science program.
  • Application period: October 2023-December 2023

Sciences Po – Paris, France / Sign up here.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 9:00 am CLST

  • 3 scholarships offered each year for programs at the School of Public Affairs and the Paris School of International Affairs.
  • Application period: October 2023-December 2023

Stay connected: For regular program updates, you can follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.

For questions related to admissions or financial aid, please reach out directly to the university you are interested in applying to, as they oversee the admissions, selection, and funding processes.

If you need more program-based information, please visit the following pages: LSE – MPP, LSE – MPA, MIT Political Science, Sciences Po, and the University of Oxford.