In the Alejandro Covarrubias room of the Central House, the presentation of Management and Development of Research was held at the University of La Serena, on which occasion the Research Director of the university, Dr. Eduardo Notte, gave details of the progress and achievements made during 2013, product of the institutional policy in this area. In the activity, framed in the commemoration of the thirty-third anniversary of the ULS, was present the Rector Dr. Nibaldo Avilés, senior authorities, managers, academics and researchers of the institution.
In the opportunity, the highest university authority told those present that it can be affirmed with certainty that the University is consolidated in undergraduate teaching, institutional management and links with the environment, and that it is time to project the institution to a higher level . '' The next step is to advance in research and postgraduate studies, and for this it is necessary to have an institutional Strategic Development Plan PED that focuses on both issues, '' said the Rector, adding that it is essential that lines of action be introduced. more specific, so that in the medium term the institution has 5 accredited doctorate programs and, in the long term, with 11 accredited doctorates. Likewise, he highlighted the historical indicators achieved in scientific productivity and in the awarding of external projects, as a result of the institutional policy on research implemented over the last seven years, and the work carried out by ULS scholars and researchers.
For his part, Dr. Eduardo Notte, after making a description of the structure of the DIULS, highlighted the increase in resources allocated for research in the institution from 2007 onwards, and that in the 2013 year the DIULS budget was of $ 121.476.000, to which are added the resources for allocation for academic productivity ($ 51.729.000) and the hiring of highly productive researchers ($ 183.133.000), so that the resources destined for research the previous year were approximately $ 356.338.000.
He also explained that the programs developed by DIULS, during the 2013 year, totaled nine, with 65 projects running with a financing of around $ 240 million pesos. During the past year, the implementation of the projects related to the new lines of action called by DIULS, corresponding to the 1 project, DIULS Multidisciplinary, 13, DIULS Projects for Support to the Postgraduate Thesis, 3, DIULS projects for the Support of Academic Journals and 11 DIULS Equipment projects. To these new investigations should be added 12 projects DIULS Regular, 5 projects of Initiation, 5 projects of Monographs, 5 projects to support Scientific Events and 10 of the Program of Associated Researchers.
Regarding the number of DIULS projects awarded by the Department in 2013, he pointed out that there is a concentration of projects that are related to the areas targeted by the institution. This is how the departments of Biology (11), Physics (15), Food Engineering (10) and Mathematics (4), awarded an 63% of the total number of projects.
On productivity, Dr. Notte reported that the number of ISI publications of the 2013 year was from 90 works, while the SciELO publications came to 20. In addition, he highlighted that the average ISI citations per article, between 2007-2013 in the ULS, is from 7,2, occupying the seventh place among the CRUCH universities, surpassing important institutions such as the U. de Chile and the USACH.
In relation to external projects, it was indicated that DIULS keeps in execution 32 FONDECYT projects. To these is added the execution of 2 CORFO projects, 3 GORE FIC projects, 1 FPA Environmental Protection Fund project and 2 Ring projects as an associated institution. In addition, the previous year, the ULS was awarded 1 Millennium project as an associated institution, 7 projects FONDECYT Regular year 2014, 1 initiation and 1 postdoctoral project.
Information was also provided regarding the evolution of publications by department, the number of researchers with WOS or ISI publications by units, the average age, the degree of researchers with publications and the average number of publications per researcher.
'' The development in the research area that the University has experienced in the last 7 years is quite promising and that is demonstrated in the figures given. For several years, the University has been making significant progress both in quantity and in the quality of scientific productivity, and this has been manifested in the CONICYT reports and through the rankings, "said the director of Research, Dr. Eduardo Notte.
As an example of these advances, he mentioned CONICYT's 2013 report in which it states that "the University of La Serena achieves remarkable results in standardized impact led (23% over the world average) and excellence led 5.7%." While at a regional level, the institution is first in leadership and excellence in scientific production, and second at the national level, after the Technical University Federico Santa María.
In addition, the ULS ranked sixth nationally in the Ranking of Chilean Universities published by Qué Pasa magazine, ranking on several other universities accredited in research.
And in the ranking of Latin American universities of the British company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the state campus occupies the 135 place of the best universities in Latin America 300, which means an increase of 7 posts compared to the same ranking of the previous year.