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Miami Dade College President Leads Important Delegation to Chile to Aid in the Nation’s Earthquake Recovery Efforts

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MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, Mme. Maria Teresa Marshall, Executive Director of the Council of University Presidents of Chile, and Mr. Paul Simons, United States Ambassador to Chile

Miami, June 17, 2010 -  

Miami Dade College (MDC) President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón just returned from a trip to Chile where he led an important delegation of U.S. higher education officials to what many consider South America's most stable and prosperous country; a nation impacted by a major earthquake earlier this year. The delegation was organized by the American Council on Education (ACE) at the request of the U.S. Department of State.

In an effort to learn more about the devastating earthquake, which struck in February, and to foster new alliances to support Chile’s recovery, especially with its education infrastructure, the delegation participated in numerous meetings and briefings with Chilean higher education officials and geologists. The group also met with the US Ambassador to Chile, Mr. Paul Simons. In addition, they discussed business, technology and innovations in Chile’s higher education system with various stakeholders.

The delegation visited several universities from Santiago to Concepcion to Talca, and witnessed recovery efforts first-hand during the weeklong visit.  Officials from Duke, Tulane, Montana and the University of Texas and other major institutions also attended. The group is preparing a briefing on its findings and recommendations in the coming months for ACE and the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Padron has also recently led other major delegations to India and China. He was also tapped by the Obama administration to join Dr. Jill Biden in representing the U.S. at UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education last fall. Previously, the Bush administration selected him to lead a major delegation to South America with former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.  

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