Office of The Americas opens

The University is strengthening its long-standing links with Latin America by establishing a new base in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Office of The Americas will aid collaboration between the University and partners in education, business and government across the whole of Latin America.

The University has an established tradition of academic interaction in Latin America in a number of fields, including energy, public health, economics and the preservation of delicate ecosystems.


In this short film, students and staff at Edinburgh explain why they are passionate about Latin America.

To celebrate the new Office, the University of Edinburgh is to fund 12 new scholarships to support the most talented students from Latin America. The Edinburgh Global Latin America Masters Scholarships are each worth £5,000 and will be available for students to study a one year postgraduate Masters degree in any field.

I am proud to announce the opening of the Office of The Americas. Edinburgh researchers are already working closely with partners across Latin America, helping address global issues such as climate change, health and economic development. The Office of The Americas will help us to extend this important work.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal, The University of Edinburgh

To coincide with the opening of the Office, the University is organising a series of conferences in Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The first of these will be held in São Paulo and will focus on the management of natural resources. In Santiago, Chile, the challenge of cancer and other non-communicable diseases, including diabetes and heart disease, will be discussed. In Mexico City, the future governance of Mexico and Scotland and their relationships with larger neighbours will be examined.

In Edinburgh, the University is establishing the Centre for Contemporary Latin America Studies. It will co-ordinate and publicise the range of academic activities related to the region.

Additionally, students at the University of Edinburgh’s Business School will next month hold the University’s second Latin American Forum, bringing key business leaders together to share ideas on a region experiencing rapid social, economic and educational changes.