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Both programs will have valid accreditation until June 2023.

The Doctorate in Astronomy and the Doctorate in Food and Bioprocess Engineering from the University of La Serena received accreditation for 3 years from the National Accreditation Commission, CNA.

This would be the second accreditation obtained by the Doctorate in Astronomy and the third accreditation from the Doctorate in Food and Bioprocess Engineering, and whose certification in both programs will be valid until June 2023.

For the Vice-Rector for Research and Postgraduate Studies at the University of La Serena, Dr. Eduardo Notte Cuello, the accreditation of these Doctorate programs positions the ULS, in the region and the country, in the areas related to focused research that the institution decided to drive years ago. "Doctoral programs are part of the ecosystem, to develop at the highest level the themes proposed in Astronomy, Food Engineering, Renewable Energy and Biology of Arid Zones. The accreditation of the university's doctoral programs comes to strengthen and endorse the tremendous effort that our researchers make to reach the excellent level of development in the different areas of knowledge in which we train specialists, "he commented.

In this regard, the Director of Postgraduate and Postgraduate Programs, Dr. Cristian Ibáñez Gutiérrez, points out that the accreditation of the Doctorate in Astronomy comes to reaffirm the tremendous potential that our region has for the training of future astronomers. “We have top-level academics, committed and active students in their training and self-learning, who show a high social commitment. Without a doubt, the accreditation of the program comes to close a process carried out with professionalism and great rigor by all the academics, researchers and students of the program, ”he indicated.

The Doctorate in Astronomy, which obtained the maximum number of years possible for programs without graduates, seeks to train trained scientists to analyze and interpret astronomical data from different observatories and / or databases, in order to carry out fundamental research, being Stellar Astronomy and Extragalactic Astronomy its main lines of research.

This Doctorate has a faculty composed of 12 academics belonging to the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and to the Institute for Multidisciplinary Research in Science and Technology, as well as several collaborating researchers from the Gemini Sur, Las Campanas and Cerro Tololo observatories.

Regarding the Doctorate in Food and Bioprocess Engineering, the Postgraduate and Postgraduate Director explained that “there is no doubt that the program has significantly improved its quality indicators, demonstrating the commitment and dedication of its academics and students in order to strengthen and consolidate this important PhD program, which is now also recognized by CNA ”.

This PhD program is the only one of its kind in the northern macro-zone of the country, and seeks to train human resources that contribute to developing basic and applied research with a multidisciplinary and innovative perspective, oriented to the development and generation of products and production processes, as well as goods and services in areas and disciplines associated with Food Engineering and Bioprocesses.

Its main lines of research promoted by this program include Processes and Technologies in Food; Bioprocesses; and Mathematical Modeling and Computational Simulation for Food and Bioprocesses.

The University has five doctoral programs, as established in the Strategic Development Plan, PED 2016-2020, of which currently 2 are accredited by the CNA, to which are now added the 2 recently announced programs. by the Commission. The fifth Doctorate program is waiting to receive the proposal of peer evaluators from the CNA.

ULS scholarship program

An important pillar in the strengthening of these Doctorates has been the University's institutional scholarship program for creditable doctorates, created by the Rectory in 2013, and whose fundamental purpose is to provide financial support to the enrolled students. To date, around 60 students, from the different Doctorates that the institution teaches, have benefited from these scholarships.

To learn more about the two recently accredited Doctorate programs, you can access the following links:

http://www.userena.cl/doctorados/item/doctorado-en-astronomía.html

http://www.userena.cl/doctorados/item/doctorado-en-ingenieria-de-alimentos-y-bioprocesos.html

Written by Sergio Muñoz, Office of Outreach and Dissemination of Science and Technology