South America

Strategic Partnerships, Collaborative Centers, and Initiatives in South America


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Lima, Peru

Penn State Engagement Champion: Julio Urbina

Penn State has strong connections in Peru with the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú-PUCP). PUCP was founded in 1917 and is located in Lima (the country's capital and largest city). The University offers 44 undergraduate programs, 70 master degree programs, and 16 doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments. PUCP also has a robust distance education program coordinated through PUCP Virtual, including an internationally recognized online MBA program. As a large, comprehensive, research university, PUCP houses 30 centers and institutes with multidisciplinary foci that address local, national, regional, and global issues.

Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria

Lima, Peru

Recently, Penn State and PUCP have entered into a three-way partnership with Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria in Lima, Peru. UNI is a university dedicated to teaching and research in the areas of science, engineering, and architecture, with a focus on how to train students to succeed in the 21st century world.

The goal of the partnership is to create a collaborative working environment between the three universities.

Key Activities

A Collaboration Development Workshop was held in Peru in spring 2017 to launch the activities. The goal of the workshop was to identify collaborations with the potential to create self-supporting, sustained activities in teaching, research and service.


$125 of seed money was awarded to collaborative groups in August 2017. The goals of the jointly funded seed money program is to nurture the budding collaborations into self-supporting, sustained activities in teaching, research and service. A second round of seed money is anticipated in Autum 2018.