Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Bachelet to Put Science Centre Stage in Chile

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Bachelet to Put Science Centre Stage in Chile

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The Chilean government is studying in depth the idea of creating a Ministry of Science and Technology.

A recently published report calls for the establishment of the new ministry to ensure that science and innovation take a more central role in the development and cultural life of the South American country.

The report, A Shared Dream for the Future of Chile, was authored by the Presidential Commission on Science for Chile's Development, a group established in January.

It outlines five strategic focuses for the country leading up to 2030, and calls for science, technology and innovation to become "pillars of development" for Chile. These areas should be integrated into cultural, social and economic life, it adds.

"Permanent human capacity" and multidisciplinary science teams should be developed, as should an environment conducive to scientific culture and knowledge assessment, says the report, published in July.

It adds that Chile's "institutional architecture" should be updated and strengthened to include science, innovation and technology, and that these fields should guide national priorities and help develop the country's production economy. …

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