Andrónico Luksic Craig
David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Advisory Committee Member; Harvard University Global Advisory Committee Member
Although much has changed in Chile, at Harvard University and around the world since my first meeting more than 15 years ago with former President Neil Rudenstein to discuss the possibility of supporting the establishment of a Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Regional Office in Santiago, the inspiration to partner with a university with which I had no prior relationship and embark upon this historic entrepreneurial endeavor has remained completely intact.
Indeed, the respect and love that I have for Chile, my belief in the importance of education and intellectual discourse combined with the academic strength of Harvard University are among the many core motivations that informed my decision to support the university’s office in Santiago.
Over the course of the last 15 years I have immensely enjoyed my relationship with the office and its sister offices in Cambridge and elsewhere in Latin America. I am encouraged by the many milestones and accomplishments that we have successfully attained. Perhaps more than any other achievement, however, I am most proud of the fact that the Santiago office has become a fundamental part of the modern model for how the university approaches its international engagement.
Our remote office in South America has become the blueprint that the university returns to, time and time again, before opening another office in another part of the world; be it China, India, Brazil or Mexico.
In this respect, our entrepreneurial activity has brought tremendous long-term benefits to Harvard and to every place around the world that now boasts an office or another similar outpost of the University. I am also proud of the fact that this office has served as the standard that many other major universities around the world refer to as they evaluate how to implement their own regional offices.
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin Americas Studies Regional Office has brought many measurable benefits to Chile and has facilitated countless civic, cultural, academic and scientific interactions which will forever inform the development and future progress of the country. In this respect, my family and I firmly believe in the impact that our philanthropy has created and continue to view this and similar partnerships with major international universities as a fundamental part of our commitment to Chile and to the bright future her citizens.
After fifteen years of uninterrupted operations I feel we have achieved great progress. At the same time, I also believe that we are positioned now, more than ever, to pursue even greater, more inclusive and diverse impacts for the country and for the University.
The next years of our partnership must therefore be devoted to creating and cementing the past legacy, but also to expanding the opportunities within our communities and continuing forward with the great work that has come to define the office.