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Chilean academic to visit Harvard for a semester to further research on the impact of the pandemic on rural education in Chile

Álvaro Hofflinger began his experience as a “Harvard DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholar” a few weeks ago. Through this program, the professor from the Universidad de La Frontera, hopes to connect with academics and students working on similar topics and thus enrich his research. Currently, applications are open for Chilean researchers who want to participate in this program.

The Covid-19 pandemic had a profound impact on all aspects of everyday life, and one of the areas most affected was education. Schools, colleges, and universities around the world had to cancel in-person classes to avoid contagion, migrating to virtual education, using different video calling and internet platforms. However, this solution was not available to everyone.

What happened to those students from communities where internet access was poor or nonexistent? And how will this experience affect the educational and professional trajectories of these students? These are the questions that Álvaro Hofflinger, an academic from the Universidad de La Frontera, seeks to address in his research: “Beyond test scores: the impact of school closures on Indigenous and rural students in Chile” (“Más allá de los resultados: el impacto del cierre de escuelas en estudiantes indígenas y rurales de Chile”).

“Due to the pandemic, Chile was the OECD member country that kept its schools closed for the longest time,” Hofflinger explained. “My project studies the impact of school closures on rural and indigenous populations, in particular the long-term effect on dropout rates, timely graduation rates, access to higher education, and the labor market,” added the academic.

The researcher is from Selva Oscura, a small rural village located in the commune of Victoria, in the Araucanía Region, so he has a personal connection to the topic. “The school in my town was closed for almost two years. My concern comes from there, of wondering what will happen to that generation of children and girls. I know their parents, their families, and I feel that from my work as an academic I can make a contribution.”

International experience: Harvard DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholar

With the aim of enriching his research, the academic applied and was selected for the “Harvard DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholar” program, a collaboration initiative between the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (DRCLAS) and the Luksic Scholars Foundation, which provides full funding for Chilean academics who wish to live a semester on the Cambridge campus, developing research in their area of interest. Participants can access shared offices, libraries, classes, and seminars at the university.

“There are always people in other places who are doing something similar to what one is interested in, and the key is to be able to meet and project instances of collaborative work,” emphasized Hofflinger.

One of the aspects that most catches his attention is to get to know the Harvard Study of Adult Development project up close, a research project that has been developed by the Harvard Medical School for the past 75 years. “In my research, I am following 40 families from the communes of Victoria and Lautaro. I have interviewed these families when their children were in eighth grade, then in their first year of high school, and my goal is to follow them until they enter the workforce or higher education. I am interested in learning more about longitudinal studies to improve what I am doing and this experience will be of great help.”

Call for applications

Currently, and until Monday, October 16th, applications are open for the Harvard DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholars program for researchers who, like Álvaro, want to live this international experience through an opportunity of funding that includes travel costs, insurance, and maintenance.

For academics interested in applying, Álvaro gave some tips: “The research project must be consistent with the thematic areas of DRCLAS, they have defined different lines of work and it is important that the projects are aligned with the mission of the center. Second, it must be a relevant topic for the country, it must be clear the contribution that will be made and how the results can contribute to other countries in the region”, he assured.All application information is available on the program website or on the DRCLAS website.

International Academic Opportunities: Introducing the Luksic Scholarships for a Master’s in Public Service with applications opening soon

The London School of Economics (LSE), the University of Oxford, and Sciences Po, are set to begin their admission processes for various academic programs later this year. In collaboration with these institutions, the Luksic Scholars Foundation is offering full scholarships to enable Chileans to embark on these international academic experiences. 

Public service, and all of those dedicated to it, play a crucial role in shaping a better society. It is within this sector that a myriad of social challenges are tackled, leading to transformations that a country needs in order to enhance the quality of life for its citizens. With the rapidly changing landscape of today’s social and global challenges, there is an ever-growing emphasis on strengthening the training of professionals and leaders within this realm. 

In light of this, and as a response to these challenges, the Luksic Scholars Foundation has developed the Luksic Scholarships in Public Service, allowing Chilean professionals to pursue an international master’s degree with a special emphasis in this field. These opportunities are created in collaboration with globally recognized universities such as LSE, the University of Oxford, and Sciences Po.

“Training dedicated professionals committed to public service is vital for our society. We facilitate access to academic opportunities in this field because we believe it contributes to the development of leaders and experts ready to address the challenges of the 21st century,” stated Isabella Luksic, Executive Director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation.

Similarly, Trinidad García, Program Development Lead at the Luksic Scholars Foundation, emphasized that the design of Luksic Scholarships in Public Service aims to broaden access so more Chileans can tap into this life-changing experience.  “Pursuing a master’s degree abroad is a transformative opportunity that broadens horizons and fosters professional growth. Participants can immerse themselves in a new academic and social culture, expand their knowledge, build networks, and learn to tackle challenges in their respective fields from fresh and innovative perspectives,” Trinidad noted.

In addition, all Luksic Scholarship recipients have to the opportunity to join the Luksic Scholars Community, a global network of over 1,000 Scholars who have participated in various programs supported by the Foundation since 2000. This Community offers exclusive benefits and opportunities.

In the upcoming months, these three academic institutions offering master’s degrees in Public Service will begin their admission processes. It is important to note that applications for the programs and the Luksic Scholarships are managed and allocated exsluviely by each academic institution.

To learn more, we invite you to visit each program’s webpage for specific details:

The Luksic Scholarships in Public Service:

Luksic Scholarship at LSE

Location: London, UK.

Vacancies: 4.

Aimed at: Chilean candidates accepted into the Public Policy (MPP) and Public Administration (MPA) programs at the School of Public Policy.

Program Page:

Master of Public Administration

Master in Public Policy

Luksic Scholarship at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, UK.

Vacancies: 3.

Aimed at: Chilean candidates accepted into the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at the Blavatnik School of Government.

Program Page:

Master of Public Policy

Luksic Scholarship at Sciences Po

Location: Paris, France.

Vacancies: 3.

Aimed at: Chilean candidates accepted into any of the master’s programs offered by the School of Public Affairs and the Paris School of International Affairs.

Program Page:

Master’s at Sciences Po

Luksic Scholars Foundation launches new Luksic Scholarship for a Master’s in Business Analytics + Data Analytics Certificate taught by the University of Chile and MIT

  • This Master’s program is focused on professionals who are looking to deepen their knowledge in data analysis for strategic decision-making within organizations. Classes begin on September 8, 2023.
  • As part of the academic experience, students will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus in Cambridge, USA for two weeks to complete the international module that the Master’s degree includes.

“Data revolution” has become a widespread term used in recent years and responds to a growing global trend: the explosion of the volume of data that is available, the increase in speed at which data is created and disseminated, and the increasingly greater ability to store and process data to extract their value. In this context, it has become essential for organizations, both public and private, to have professionals and executives who have the knowledge and experience to meet this challenge.

The new program “Luksic Scholarship at the University of Chile — MIT – Master’s in Business Analytics” was created in response to this phenomenon and aims to provide the necessary resources and tools for four Chilean professionals (or individuals with permanent residence in Chile) to deepen their knowledge for strategic decision-making based on data and at the same time live an international experience through a two-week visit to the MIT campus in Cambridge.

The Master’s in Business Analytics is taught by the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (FCFM) and the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEN) of the University of Chile, and the Data Analytics Certificate is taught by both faculties in collaboration with MIT’s Sloan School of Management (MSLAO).

“We are extremely pleased to offer scholarships to our students so that they can access two innovative programs in which the Faculty of Economics and Business and the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile come together, namely the Master’s in Business Analytics and the Data Analytics Certificate, which includes an international module carried out on MIT’s campus in the USA.

These scholarships allow us to promote more equitable access to knowledge and enhance the use of analytics in strategic decision-making in both the public and private sectors. We are committed to bringing these opportunities closer to our students so that they can contribute to the development and progress of our society,” says Rodrigo Uribe, Director of the Postgraduate School at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Chile.

The four scholarships provided by the Luksic Scholars Foundation cover the entire tuition fee for both the Master’s and the Data Analytics Certificate, which is carried out as an international module on MIT’s campus. Those who are granted the Luksic Scholarship must commit to carrying out their thesis on a topic that has a public impact in Chile and give a lecture or master class on Data Analytics to one of the member universities of the Consortium of Chilean State Universities (CUECH).

“We are very pleased to announce the launch of this new program developed in collaboration with two institutions with which we have formed a relationship for over a decade: the University of Chile and MIT. This program responds to the challenges posed by the ‘data age’ in which we currently live and we trust that it will be a rewarding experience for the participants,” comments Trinidad García, the Program Development Lead for the Luksic Scholars Foundation.

To apply to the Master’s program and to the Luksic Scholarship, candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional degree either granted in Chile or abroad with a minimum duration of eight semesters. In addition, candidates must have at least two years of work experience. Applications to both the Master’s program and the four Luksic Scholarships are open until August 6 at 11:59 pm CLT.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (FEN) of the University of Chile has arranged three scholarships for those candidates who are admitted into the Master’s programs in Business Analytics and Data Analytics Certificate each year. These scholarships cover a percentage of the tuition and fees of both programs, as well as the international module that is carried out at MIT.

The application to the Master’s in Business Analytics is carried out by the FEN Graduate Application System of the University of Chile. Candidates wishing to apply for the scholarships provided by the Luksic Scholars Foundation and FEN must also complete the form available at this link (information available in Spanish only).

Program details

Program type: Master’s in Business Analytics + Data Analytics Certificate with an international module at MIT

Dates and duration: 14 months (7 bimonthly) / September 2023 – November 2024.

Modality and format: Classes start on September 8, 2023, and are hybrid (50% mandatory in-person) from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, twice a month (Av. Diagonal Paraguay 257 in Santiago, Chile).

International module: Participants spend two weeks on the MIT campus in Boston, USA, carrying out a 60-hour module. The scholarship does not cover the cost of flights and accommodation for the visit.

Would you like to learn more? We invite you to participate in one of the following information sessions (in Spanish only):

> In-person and online – Wednesday, July 26. 6:00 pm. Room P-307, FEN UCHILE. Diagonal Paraguay 205, Santiago. Sign up here.

> Online – Thursday, July 27 at 5 pm CLT. Sign up here

Welcome to the 12 new Luksic Scholars who will soon begin their Master’s programs abroad!

The new generation of Luksic Scholars will be studying their Master’s programs at London School of Economics (LSE), Oxford University, Sciences Po and Schwarzman Scholars during the 2023/24 academic year. During a welcome breakfast, organized by the Luksic Scholars Foundation, the participants were able to hear testimonials from Scholars who have already lived these experiences.

The Foundation organized a morning for the recipients of scholarship programs offered in partnership with different universities around the world to get to know each other, meet former Luksic Scholars and be officially welcomed into the Luksic Scholars Community. In total, 12 Scholars will travel to China, France and the United Kingdom over the next few months to begin their Master’s degrees, expand their knowledge, and take part in an international academic experience.

These Chilean students will study Master’s degree programs at LSE, Sciences Po, Schwarzman Scholars, and the Blavatnik School of Government at University of Oxford in the fields of Public Administration; Public Policy; International Energy; and International Governance and Diplomacy.

“At the Luksic Scholars Foundation we aim to provide opportunities that connect Chile with the world. That’s why we have developed several scholarship programs in collaboration with universities that seek to form leaders and change agents in their respective fields. We are pleased to welcome a new generation of Luksic Scholars and we hope that the academic experience they will soon start will contribute to their professional and personal careers”, said Isabella Luksic, Executive Director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation. 

Andreas Guillén, from the Maule Region in Chile, is one of the Scholars who will begin studying a Master in International Governance and Diplomacy at Sciences Po in September. Andreas arrived in France in September 2020, after being awarded the Sciences Po Quiñenco Scholarship for Chile. As part of the program, he first pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and will now complete a postgraduate degree. 

“The experience has been excellent and has allowed me to grow as a person,” Andreas emphasized. “This program has given me a global outlook, with Latin American, African, European, Asian, and Arabic points of view and I have been able to gain a lot of cultural richness. I think the Master’s program will allow me to deepen my knowledge in political analysis and public policy formulation. It will be interesting to connect what I have already learned in the Bachelor’s program regarding Latin America with the experience of the Middle East, which is what I will concentrate on now,” he added. 

During the event, three Luksic Scholars who are either currently studying or have finalized their  Master’s programs shared their stories. The new Luksic Scholars were able to hear from Ricardo Batarce, who completed the Master in Public Policy at the University of Oxford in 2017; Josefina Hübner, who completed the Master in Public Policy at LSE in 2020, and Santiago Mendía, who joined the Master in Public Policy at Sciences Po in 2022 and is projected to finalize his studies in 2024. 

To learn more about the Luksic Scholarships supported by the Luksic Scholars Foundation, please visit the following sites: 


Master in Public Administration

Master in Public Policy


Master in International Energy

Master in International Governance and Diplomacy

Master in Public Policy


Master in Public Policy


Master en Asuntos Globales

Babson College has trained more than 800 Chilean academics over the past decade to strengthen entrepreneurship education in Chile

Since 2006, the Luksic Scholars Foundation has supported 18 versions of Babson College’s Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) program in Chile: 13 editions of Babson SEE Chile held in various parts of the country and 5 editions of Babson SEE Antofagasta which has been carried out in collaboration with the Technology Licensing Office of the University of Antofagasta (OTL-UA). Throughout these years, these programs have had participants from all over Chile, and have ended up promoting the development of knowledge, as well as international collaboration and networking.

The importance of teaching by connecting theory with practice, the value of learning from failure, and the art of delivering a good pitch were part of the main themes taught throughout the 18 versions of the Babson SEE Chile & Antofagasta programs. Over the past decade, more than 800 academics from across the country were part of this international collaboration between the Luksic Scholars Foundation and Babson College, a renowned university in the US.

Via lectures given by expert entrepreneurship professors, Andrew Corbett and Matthew Allen, as well as through dynamic classroom activities and the opportunity to network, Babson SEE participants were able to learn innovative teaching methodologies to implement in their classrooms and promote entrepreneurship in Chile.

Isabella Luksic, Executive Director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation, noted that “at the Luksic Scholars Foundation, we want to create more and better opportunities that continue contributing to the development of knowledge in our country. That is why we are dedicated to connecting Chile with internationally renowned academic organizations such as Babson College, with whom we share the vision that entrepreneurs are the driving force of their countries and play a leading role in changing the world.” 

One of Babson College’s goals in developing these Symposia in Chile and other countries around the world is to create an increasingly larger international network of innovative entrepreneurship educators who understand the importance of bridging theory and practice in teaching. 

“The goal of the Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) has always been to support Chilean academics so they can empower and promote entrepreneurs throughout the country. We hope that over the years, thousands of people in Chile have been able to benefit from this collaboration with the Luksic Scholars Foundation,” emphasized Andrew Corbett, Paul T. Babson Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies, during the closing ceremony of the program held on Friday, June 16th in Santiago, Chile. Over 80 people participated in the event, both in person and virtually.

The latest version of the SEE Antofagasta program took place between May 15th and May 19th with over 40 participants from the northern region of Chile, and the most recent version of the SEE Chile program took place in Viña del Mar from June 12th to June 15th in which more than 40 academics from the Valparaíso, Metropolitan, O’Higgins, and Biobío regions participated. 

Gustavo Callejas, partner and Founder of Mantahua OTEC, was one of the participants of the SEE Chile program in Viña del Mar. “I connected a lot with everything we did and learned this week. I take away concepts that are very powerful for me, for example: understanding entrepreneurship as a tool for social mobility, and also the value of integrating intergenerational aspects as a tool that allows us to showcase what we do better.” 

Through the Babson SEE program, the Luksic Scholars Foundation has been able to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship in Chile from an educational point of view. This work has also been complemented by the various initiatives carried out by the Luksic Foundation which supports entrepreneurs throughout Chile with funding, mentorship, and training.

The Luksic Scholars Foundation’s vision is that through a Chile better connected with international academia, it will be possible to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century, and as such, the Foundation promotes networks and opportunities in collaboration with institutions from around the world to strengthen the development of people and knowledge.

By visiting www.luksicscholars.org, you can find more information about the Foundation’s current scholarship, institutional strengthening, and research programs.

In addition to the programs mentioned above, the Luksic Scholars Foundation and Babson College have also carried out the following opportunities:

  • Babson Luksic Fellows (2011 -2024) – Each year, individuals who participate in the Babson Symposia in Chile can apply to the Babson Luksic Fellows program. This is an on-campus opportunity at Babson College in Massachusetts, USA. In its first iteration, from 2011 to 2015, a maximum of two participants spent a full semester immersed in life at Babson. From 2016 onwards, in order to allow more people to take part, 10 spaces have been offered for a week-long agenda. To date, there have been 12 versions (1 remaining for the year 2024), and 69 participants.
  • Babson Case Writing Workshop (2009, 2010) – From April 2009 to March 2010, a year-long workshop was carried out to provide an opportunity for Chilean university professors to develop pedagogical skills and resources in Entrepreneurship and the Case Teaching methodology. 28 individuals took part during which time they worked in groups with Chilean entrepreneurs to develop a series of case studies that were later published as a teaching asset.

The University of Antofagasta carries out fifth version of Babson College’s program, training over 200 teachers

Academics from northern Chile participated in the symposium organized by the University of Antofagasta (UA), through the Vice-Rectorate of Research, Innovation, and Postgraduate Studies, and its Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTL), in collaboration with the Luksic Scholars Foundation.

The week-long program provided a wealth of new knowledge and learning opportunities, concluding five years of entrepreneurship education taught by experts at Babson College, one of the world’s leading universities in entrepreneurship education in the United States. The symposium called “The Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educations – Antofagasta,” was specifically designed for universities in the northern region and has been held in Antofagasta.

The fifth and final edition of the seminar, organized by the University of Antofagasta (UA) via the Vice-Rectorate of Research, Innovation, and Postgraduate Studies, and its Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing (OTL), in collaboration with the Luksic Scholars Foundation, concluded with the delivery of certificates to the participating professors.

In this edition, academics from a range of universities participated, including the University of Tarapacá, Arturo Prat University, the Catholic University of the North, the University of Atacama, the University of La Serena, and the University of Antofagasta. They were presented with a valuable learning opportunity to foster a strong entrepreneurial mindset in their students, thereby reshaping both undergraduate and postgraduate education with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.


This year’s edition focused on biotechnology in which participants participated in various theoretical and practical classes that included engaging and interactive dynamics in order to strengthen the already-acquired knowledge. These classes were led by Andrew Corbett, President of the Entrepreneurship Division, and Matthew Allen, Associate Professor in the Academic Division of Entrepreneurship, both from Babson College.

As part of the week’s activities, the experts and participants also visited the UA’s research centers to learn about the research lines, scientific and technological developments, and local innovation carried out by the University.

Matthew Allen, Associate Professor in the Academic Division of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, said “it has been a fantastic experience because we were able to work with a very good group of almost 50 teachers from the northern zone of the country, providing new learning techniques and tools for teaching entrepreneurship. We are extremely grateful to the University of Antofagasta and the Luksic Scholars Foundation for helping us make this event possible for five years, and to all the participants for their great enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.”

Karina Pérez Cruz, Director of Innovation, Development, and Technology Transfer at the University of Atacama in Copiapó, stated that “the experience was tremendously enriching from an academic standpoint because we were engaging with academics and a business school that are both internationally recognized. I am thankful for this opportunity because it is the first of many connections and networking opportunities that we can create as colleagues between institutions. I am extremely grateful; it has been a very good experience.”

Similarly, Silvana Cerda, Scientific, and Technological Entrepreneurship Manager at the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Tarapacá in Arica, stated, “The truth is, for us as professionals who are promoting entrepreneurship based on scientific and technological knowledge in universities, this participation has been fundamental because it allows us to visualize different tools and methodologies that can contribute and help us teach entrepreneurship in a more engaging way.”


After five years of symposiums held from 2018 to the present, more than 200 academics from the northern zone of our country were trained in entrepreneurship and were provided with training that even led them to start their own innovative companies.

During this half-decade, various topics were addressed with a focus on the strategic areas of northern Chile. The first version of the symposium took place in person in 2018 with a focus on Energy. In 2019, it covered Mineral Processes, while in 2021, due to the pandemic, the seminar was conducted remotely and focused on Aquaculture. It returned to in-person format in 2022 with the theme of Digital Transformation.

Isabella Luksic, Executive Director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation, highlighted that “in its five versions, Babson SEE Antofagasta has been an experience known for its knowledge exchange, collaboration, and the building of networks based on shared experiences. We thank Babson College, the University of Antofagasta, and the more than 200 participants who brought this program to life over the past years, allowing us to strengthen entrepreneurship education and bring innovative educational practices to the northern macrozone of Chile.”

Alejandra Portillo, Director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing at UA, also emphasized that this final edition has left everyone feeling extremely content due to the number of trained teachers and the applied content.

“We are happy that through these five years, the participants have made a difference. We are proud that some of them have even created companies based on the knowledge received from Babson College. We are completely grateful to both the attendees and the Luksic Scholars Foundation and Babson College because these great results were achieved thanks to this significant alliance.”


As a result of the program’s primary goal to foster entrepreneurship and economic development in Chile, a number of technological ventures, scientific and technology-based companies, and spin-offs have been successfully established at UA. These entities are now flourishing, thanks to the cutting-edge business education offered by Babson College.

One of them is “Abalone Pearls Technology,” a company founded by academics Rubén Araya (who is part of the Luksic Scholars Community) and Jaime Maturana. Its focus is on research and development in marine resources, abalone farming, and pearl production.

Another venture is “Pampa Biotech,” whose objective is development, management, production, and molecular design. They also conduct evaluations, design, and construction of educational kits, and design innovations in industrial and environmental processes. This company was founded by Francisco Solís, Bernardita Valenzuela, and Pedro Zamorano.

Additionally, Pedro Zamorano, among other researchers, created “SynbioNortech,” with the primary goal of developing, managing, producing, validating, and executing DNA molecular research and design.

On the other hand, the R&D company “Descom Energy” was developed by Mauro Henríquez and Abdiel Mallco to provide solutions to the inquiries of the solar thermal storage industry using molten salts.

Catherine Lizama and Juan Morales also founded “Micronative Biotechnology” to produce and market bioproducts and bioactive compounds derived from microorganisms widely used in the microalgal industry.

Conclusively, the knowledge provided to over 200 teachers during these five years of the “Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators” for universities in the northern zone, along with the emergence of various technological ventures, marks a significant milestone in entrepreneurship education in the northern zone of Chile.

International Symposium on Entrepreneurship Education returns with its latest version to train professors in the northern region of Chile

The symposium will be held in Antofagasta and will be taught by experts from Babson College in the United States. Academics representing various universities from Arica to La Serena will partake.

This year, Babson College, a leading university in teaching entrepreneurship worldwide, will carry out its fifth and final version of the esteemed “Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators” in Antofagasta for professors located in the northern zone of Chile.

The program, organized by the University of Antofagasta (UA) through the Vice-Rectorate of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies and its Office of Transfer and Licensing (OTL) in partnership with the Luksic Scholars Foundation, will take place from May 15th to 19th at the Hotel Terrado in Antofagasta.

The Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at the University of Antofagasta, Dr. Rodrigo Iturriaga Agüera, says that this fifth and final version will mark a milestone for the university, as this experience has laid the foundations for creating new partnerships with institutions of higher education of international status in emerging areas of study such as innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We have partnered with Babson College and the Luksic Scholars Foundation through a high-level training program. This has allowed us, as a public and state university, to fulfill our mission of contributing with new knowledge and tools, as well as leaving an imprint in our community and, in this case, generating a positive impact on teachers from various educational institutions throughout the northern macrozone,” he comments.

The Executive Director of the Luksic Scholars Foundation, Isabella Luksic, stated that “in its four previous versions, the Babson SEE Antofagasta program has reached more than 180 academics, administrators, researchers, and teachers from the northern regions of Chile. In working with the University of Antofagasta, we have been able to bring the methodology of entrepreneurship education closer to the participants, providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to face the local challenges of today.”


This fifth edition will focus on biotechnology and involve professors from various educational institutions spanning the Arica and Parinacota regions to Coquimbo. Participants will have a unique learning opportunity to foster a strong entrepreneurial mindset among their students, thereby transforming undergraduate and graduate education with an entrepreneurial approach.

The main objective of the program is to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in Chile, especially in the northern zone of the country through the innovative business education provided by Babson College.

Alejandra Portillo, Director of the UA’s Office of Transfer and Licensing, states that “we are very excited about this fifth edition, as the previous ones have been very successful and with a great turnout.”

“Our main objective has always been for professors to acquire new knowledge and perspectives on the topics addressed at the end of this seminar, and we have achieved this in all of the previous editions that have been carried out,” she added.


As in previous years, the classes will be taught by expert academics from Babson College in innovation and entrepreneurship: Andrew Corbett, President of the Entrepreneurship Division, and Matthew Allen, Associate Professor in the Academic Division of Entrepreneurship.

In addition, the experts will visit the UA’s R&D Centers, where the Directors of each unit will show and explain their lines of research, experience and scientific developments, and innovation projects developed and carried out.

Babson College is one of the most important entrepreneurship universities in the world, known for its innovative educational model aimed at promoting learning and innovation. They seek to develop a growing international network of educators specialized in innovative entrepreneurship and as such, have been carrying out this seminar in various countries around the world, such as Ireland, China, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Argentina.

11 initiatives selected to receive support via The Luksic Scholars Fund 2022

This year, the Luksic Scholars Foundation relaunched The Luksic Scholars Fund, an opportunity that allows members of its network to be awarded up to $5,000.00 USD per project. The selected initiatives are mainly concentrated in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, science, public policy, food and nutrition, and research.

A total of 11 projects have been selected to receive support from The Luksic Scholars Fund 2022, an internal initiative created by the Luksic Scholars Foundation which seeks to continue providing professional development opportunities to the members of its community via this second edition. 

Those who applied to receive support were asked to demonstrate how their initiative would respond to one or more of the development points defined by the Fund: obtain leadership skills as agents of change in one’s area of expertise, acquire competencies in key areas for one’s careers, and/or develop knowledge and research that contribute to one’s professional field. 

The Scholars who have been granted financial support from the Fund reside in various regions throughout Chile, such as Antofagasta, Biobío, Maule, Metropolitana, Los Lagos y Los Ríos, and they have participated in programs supported by the Luksic Scholars Foundation which range from research fellowships, symposiums for teaching entrepreneurship, and pedagogical conferences to Master’s programs related to public service. 

The selected initiatives will receive up to $5,000.00 USD in funding for their development and range from education, entrepreneurship, science, public policy, and food and nutrition to research.

To learn more about the Fund’s initiatives for 2022, click here.

The opinions and conclusions presented in the works carried out by the Scholars who received funding from the Luksic Scholars Foundation are the sole property and responsibility of those who have expressed them and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Foundation.

In establishing this Fund, the Foundation does not endorse or support these opinions or conclusions as it has only sought to motivate Scholars to develop academic research or carry out professional initiatives that allow for their professional development.

LSE and the University of Oxford open applications for Master’s programs related to Public Service

During the second half of this year, the universities of Oxford and LSE in the United Kingdom opened applications to their Master’s programs in Public Policy (Oxford and LSE) and Public Administration (only LSE). The Luksic Scholarships are full scholarships and are available to Chileans admitted to these international programs. 

In a dynamic and constantly changing society, creating public policies that respond effectively to people’s needs is a great challenge. To address this problem, the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE) offers Master’s degrees related to public service that focus on training leaders with a strong social commitment.

Through these international programs, admitted students will be able to acquire new tools, both for the development of their careers and to generate changes in their professional environment. They will also be able to obtain new perspectives, theories, and practical knowledge to address real-world challenges in the field of public policy. 

The content of these Master’s programs varies and their duration ranges from 9 to 24 months, allowing those interested to choose between the options that best suit their professional and personal needs. 

To support the participation of Chilean candidates in these programs, the Luksic Scholars Foundation has collaborated with these universities to establish scholarship opportunities to cover the costs associated with the program, such as tuition and living expenses.

The Luksic Scholarship for Public Service at the Blatavnik School of Government, University of Oxford

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at Oxford combines theoretical and practical teachings in order to formulate public policy. The program also includes conferences, seminars, case studies, and workshops, as well as a summer project in which students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they learned to the real world. Those who wish to apply to this program must hold a university degree in any discipline and be highly proficient in the English language. 

To learn more about eligibility, the application process, and the Luksic Scholarship, please click here

An information session was organized between the Luksic Scholars Foundation and the University of Oxford that took place on November 16th, 2022. It included a presentation from the Blavatnik School of Government, as well as a conversation with two Luksic Scholars regarding the application process and their program experience. You can find the event recording below:

The Luksic Scholarship for Public Service at the School of Public Policy, LSE

There are two programs at LSE’s School of Public Policy that are available for the Luksic Scholarship: the Master’s in Public Policy and the Master’s in Public Administration. These programs combine methodological discipline and practical teachings to enable professionals to address real-world policy challenges. Both programs require candidates to have a university degree in any discipline.

Master in Public Policy (MPP) – To learn more about eligibility, the application process, and the Luksic Scholarship, please click here

Master of Public Administration (MPA) – To learn more about eligibility, the application process, and the Luksic Scholarship, please click here

An information session was organized between the Luksic Scholars Foundation and LSE that took place on November 22nd, 2022. It included a presentation from the School of Public Policy, as well as a conversation with two Luksic Scholars regarding the application process and their program experience. You can find the event recording below:

The Luksic Scholars Foundation supports the development and dissemination of these programs and scholarships, however, the processes of admission, selection, and funding allocation are carried out exclusively by the universities. Therefore, those who are interested in applying must follow each university’s admission process and request financial support directly.

Want to learn more? Participate in an information session!

Each session will include a presentation from the respective university providing additional institutional information, the Master’s programs, The Luksic Scholarship, and the admission and selection processes. We will also hear from Luksic Scholars to learn more about their experiences, either as current students or graduates. Both sessions will end with a Q&A. Events will be held in English.

>> Oxford – Wednesday, November 16th at 12 midday CLST. Sign up here

>> LSE – Tuesday, November 22nd at 12 midday CLST. Sign up here.

Luksic Scholars Foundation mourns the passing of Karen Poniachik

Until the time of her passing, Karen Poniachik served as Director of the Global Center at Columbia University. During her 11 years of leading the Center, she left an important mark on the formation of the alumni community throughout Chile as well as seeking opportunities and spaces for women in leadership roles.

The Luksic Scholars Foundation expresses its deep sorrow for the early passing of Karen Poniachik, who at 57 years of age leaves a great legacy as Director of the Global Center of Columbia University, which she successfully led with great professionalism and leadership over the last 11 years.

Having studied journalism at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Columbia University, Karen always stood out for her strategic and global vision and for being in constant search of new academic horizons for Chileans and foreign students in Chile. She had the ability to create an important community of Columbia alumni throughout Chile and promoted numerous initiatives to promote the role of women in leadership positions.

Peter Morse, President of the Board of the Luksic Scholars Foundation, also expresses his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Poniachik: “We will always remember Karen with special affection, and we thank her for her great dedication and passion for learning. She always looked for new and innovative opportunities for collaboration between Chile and the world, and she had special leadership at the helm of the Global Center of Columbia University, an institution with which we were able to continue strengthening our ties thanks to its global and strategic vision.” “We especially appreciate the great contribution she made to build bridges between Chile and leading international centers of research,” Morse also comments.

Throughout her career, Karen held various positions, both in the public and private spheres. Between 1995 and 2000, she was the Director of Business Programs at the Council of the Americas in New York. She was also a consultant for private companies and for the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finance. During the government administration of President Ricardo Lagos, she held the position of Executive Vice President of the Foreign Investment Committee (CEI), from March 2000 to March 2006. Later, during the first government of President Michelle Bachelet, she became Minister of Mining, becoming the first woman in history to hold this position.