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SWUFE Delegation Strengthens Academic Ties in South America

From June 12 to 21, a delegation from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), led by Vice President Shi Daimin, embarked on a mission to strengthen academic collaboration in South America. The delegation sought to deepen exchanges in student and faculty programs, joint initiatives, and research collaborations when visiting prestigious universities in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. Representatives from SWUFE's Graduate School, Office of International Exchange and Cooperation, School of Business Administration, Western Business School, and Logistics Services Corporation were part of the delegation.


Forging New Partnerships in Brazil


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In Brazil, the SWUFE delegation met with Sergio Persival Baroncini Proença, Vice President of the University of São Paulo (USP), marking a significant step towards enhanced academic cooperation. Shi Daimin emphasized SWUFE's rich history and academic prowess, expressing eagerness to strengthen ties through student and faculty exchanges and collaborative research. Proença, in turn, lauded SWUFE’s achievements and expressed optimism for a new era of academic collaboration. The discussions also included potential joint degree programs, co-hosting academic conferences, and the establishment of research centers.


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Additionally, the delegation met with Maria Luiza Moretti, Vice President of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Reflecting on a decade-long partnership, Shi Daimin highlighted the successful outcomes of prior student and faculty exchanges. Both institutions explored expanding interdisciplinary cooperation and joint degree programs, reaching preliminary agreements on several initiatives.


Expanding Horizons in Chile


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In Chile, SWUFE’s delegation engaged with Lilian Ferrer, Vice President of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (UC Chile). Shi Daimin outlined SWUFE’s strategic goals in higher education transformation and innovation, proposing increased faculty exchanges and collaborative research in big data, artificial intelligence, and finance. Ferrer congratulated SWUFE on launching its Spanish language program and emphasized the potential for deeper academic cooperation through interdisciplinary research. Discussions focused on faculty selection for Spanish language instruction and the formalization of cooperation agreements.


At the University of Santiago, Chile (USACH), the delegation met with Fernando Olmos, Director of International Affairs, and representatives from the School of Business Administration. Shi Daimin expressed hopes for enhanced mutual understanding and collaboration in hosting international conferences and establishing regional research centers. Olmos highlighted the benefits of leveraging resources in business disciplines to explore new talent development models and improve the quality of international education.


Strengthening Ties in Argentina


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In Argentina, the delegation visited the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and met with Vice President Patricio Conejero Ortiz. Discussions with faculty and student representatives from the Faculties of Economic Sciences and Social Sciences and the Argentina-China Research Center focused on expanding cooperation in faculty development, discipline construction, and regional studies. Both parties agreed on several collaborative initiatives to further enhance international educational ties between Sichuan Province and Buenos Aires Province.


Significance of the Visit


This visit reinforced SWUFE's commitment to its "Deep Opening" strategy, significantly expanding its global cooperation network and international reputation. The partnerships established with top South American universities—each leading in their respective countries—underscore SWUFE's dedication to fostering high-level academic collaboration and mutual development.


In the 2025 QS World University Rankings, the University of São Paulo is ranked 92nd, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile is ranked 93rd, and the University of Buenos Aires is ranked 71st. Each is the premier institution in its respective country.


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date:2024/06/26

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