President of the Latin American Forum 2017 (Left) and the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh (Right)
The Latin American Forum is organised by a group of students from The University of Edinburgh and are supported by its International Office and Centre for Contemporary Latin American Studies.
The University of Edinburgh is a leading international university located in the capital of Scotland. Founded in 1583, it is one of the oldest universities in the world and has ever since been regarded as one of the most prestigious universities worldwide. It is a member of the elite university associations that are the Russell Group and the League of European Research Universities. The Times Higher Education and the QS University Ranking both placed the University of Edinburgh 6th in Europe on their 2012-2013 ranking and 21st in the world according to the QS ranking.
Regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Edinburgh attracts students from all over the globe. With approximately 30,000 students coming from 140 countries, the University of Edinburgh places a special emphasis on its international scope.
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The link with Latin America
The University of Edinburgh has a unique link with Latin America. After China and India, the university will open its third international office in 2013 in Chile. This office will be located in Sao Paulo and will be headed by Mrs. Dalinda Perez-Alvarez Rodriguez.
As the Director of the Office of the Americas, Mrs. Perez-Alvarez Rodriguez will be responsible for simplifying collaborations between the university and local partners in education, business and government. Additionally, she will be working towards creating partnerships with leading universities in Latin America, with a dual objective: attracting more Latin American students in Edinburgh and sending more students in the region.
Examples of links include the university's collaborative research center with Petrobras, Brazil's national energy company, or the honorary degree awarded to Mr. Pelé in 2012 for his contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes (see picture on the left).