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Chile's International Scholarship Programme

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Chile has long considered education as a central priority and as key for its economic development. Over the past two decades the country has made great strides to increase the numbers of young people entering tertiary education. In 2008 Chile embarked on a bold initiative to develop its human capital with a scholarship abroad scheme – the Becas Chile Programme – which aims to train 30 000 outstanding students including teachers and technicians in institutions of their choice around the world.

This joint OECD and World Bank report gives an overview of human capital development in Chile; describes features of the Becas Chile Programme; analyses the strategic and operational issues; and recommends ways to maintain and fine-tune the scholarship abroad scheme. This report will be useful for both Chilean education professionals and their international counterparts.

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Annex C

Student financial support for tertiary first degree studies

Universities fall into two categories: universities created by the private sector after 1980 and which are known as private universities, and universities which are members of the Consejo de Rectores de las Universidades Chilenas, or CRUCH, and are known as traditional universities. CRUCH universities include 16 state, 6 Catholic and 3 private lay universities. Students in these have access to a range of subsidised financing, while students in non CRUCH higher education institutions have far fewer (and largely unsubsidised) options. CRUCH universities receive both a direct subsidy from the State in the form of a block grant (Aporte Fiscal Directo, AFD), and part of an indirect grant (Aporte Fiscal Indirecto, AFI) that is allocated to institutions that attract the 27 000 students with the top PSU scores. Private universities, on the other hand, finance themselves largely through student tuition and the AFI.

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