Institutional Development Plan

In a global scenario, where interculturality has an impact on social action, the University of Chile must contribute to the creation of strategies for the solution of development problems, as well as favoring the integration of the country in Latin America and the world. All this must be pursued within an international system that is currently based on a close interdependence of its stakeholders, and a network of transnational connections that has seen an opportunity in the information society. This has changed the concept of borders, to the point of conceiving them as something absolutely permeable to the actions of individuals, companies and non-governmental organizations.

At the same time, the global governance has taken over the political agenda of the countries, thus reducing the differences between local and international activities. Even though there has always been a reciprocal connection and feedback between national and foreign policies, the relationship between the two has become increasingly complex due to a tendency towards the democratization of the countries, where the civil society has greater participation and is more involved in diplomatic issues and problems. Moreover, this is facilitated by the fact that many countries tend to consider that their development is closely linked to how they are integrated into the international context.

The specificity of the work of the Institute of International Studies makes it the ideal space to address this complex reality. With more than fifty years of experience, the Institute has gained great influence on decision making and foreign policy in the country. In fact, the interdisciplinary nature of this Institution enables critical thinking, as well as connections between local and global issues. In other words, it allows understanding the world by looking at it from multiple perspectives, taking advantage of the knowledge and theoretical frameworks of different disciplines. At the same time, it seeks to establish connections between different approaches, regional scenarios (Latin America, North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa), topics, and international and transnational problems.