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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.


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.

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, and 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 getting 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, and 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.