On Monday 28 March, and in the context of its anniversary, the Air Force of Chile (FACH) signed a cooperation agreement with the Universidad de Concepción and the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, consortium which aims to enhance specific areas of research and development, and support programs of Human Capital, Education and Teaching.
One of the main backgrounds of this agreement is the joint work done for several years by the Air Force of Chile and the Center for Optics and Photonics (CEFOP) at Universidad de Concepción, which will play an active role in the practice of this agreement. This is why, on the occasion participate Dr. Rolando Hernández, Director of Technology Development of CEFOP, who in an interview with Radio Universidad de Concepción, explained how the idea of this consortium was conceded:
“The work with the Air Force has been running for several years and at some point we needed external partners to apply a project to the Basal Financing Program and they support us. Since then CEFOP and the Chilean Air Force has a privileged relationship, so the Commander in Chief and the principals of both universities had the idea to create the agreement signed this week, which involves CEFOP and other departments of the three institutions”.
For its part, the Commander in Chief, General Jorge Rojas, said that the choice of these universities was because both institutions are leaders in the field of scientific research, according to the fields and interest of action of the Air Force in technology development and aerospace.
This alliance includes the development of a multidisciplinary Antarctic Program, focus on new energy systems, incorporating areas such as remote sensing, waste treatment, biological research of flora and fauna, building systems and telemedicine in extreme situations and investigation of human life in complex climatic conditions , in addition to creating programs for Environment and Energy, Instrumentation and Sensing Technologies, Aerospace Research and Development, and Bio and Nanotechnology.
As for human capital formation, education and teaching, the consortium will work on establishing training programs and outreach, and undergraduate and postgraduate programs, besides, look for concrete joint social responsibility activities.