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Chile's International Scholarship Programme

image of Chile's International Scholarship Programme

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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Conclusions

The Becas Chile Programme (BCP) is imaginative and transformative. It is based on the assumption that Chile can play at the leading edge of international advances in the generation and application of knowledge. By any international comparison it is expansive in the number of its participants and generous in the benefits it provides for them. The review team is encouraged by the commitment of the government of Chile, as evidenced through its various advanced human capital formation initiatives on the domestic front, to optimise the impact of the BCP.

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