Chilean President Piñera, Gov. Schwarzenegger visit campus
By Letisia Marquez September 24, 2010 Category: Campus News
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and his wife, Carol, welcomed Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California's first lady, Maria Shriver, to their home Friday, Sept. 24, for high-level meetings and a luncheon.
President Piñera and Gov. Schwarzenegger also witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding between universities in California, including UCLA, and Chile.
UCLA Anderson School of Management dean Judy Olian signed an agreement with Alfonso Gómez, dean of the business school at Chile's Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez to formalize academic and institutional collaboration and promote mutual cooperation between the two schools.
The schools have developed a proposed new program — the UCLA–UAI Global Executive M.B.A. for the Americas — which seeks to join the two institutions in a dual degree executive M.B.A. program that will be unique in Latin America. The program is awaiting final approval from the University of California Office of the President.
President Piñera’s cabinet members and senior California officials also met privately to discuss issues of mutual importance.
At one point, Piñera made reference to the 33 Chilean miners who have been trapped underground since Aug. 5 as the result of a collapse at Chile's San José copper mine.
Before the lunch, the president pulled out of his coat pocket and displayed the first note he received from the trapped miners, which read, "We're fine in the shelter, the 33."
Block and Gov. Schwarzenegger told the gathered audience of about 200 that their thoughts and prayers were with the miners.