The International Institute of Social Studies has signed a cooperation agreement with Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios Sobre Desarrollo (CIDER), part of Universidad de los Andes in Colombia.
The agreement will facilitate the exchange of students and faculty and allow for closer research collaboration.
Signed by ISS rector, Professor Inge Hutter and Universidad de los Andes Vice-President for Academic Affairs Professor Raquel Bernal, the agreement allows for Master's students to follow accredited courses in either institution.
PhD researchers will be able to undertake fieldwork, access libraries and participate in research seminars at both institutions and receive supervision in order to facilitate the completion of their doctoral degree, improve the quality of their theses and develop academic networks.
The agreement also envisions exchanges between faculty members to enable cooperation in teaching and research.
Reinvigorating former collaboration
ISS and CIDER have a long-standing relationship;. ISS was closely involved in providing technical and financial assistance to CIDER when it was first set up 45 years ago with ISS Emeritus Professor Bert Helmsing involved in the process. The hope is that the current agreement will reinvigorate these early bonds of collaboration between the two institutes.