Active Induction of First-Year Students at the University of Chile

Carlos Albornoz, Florida International University;
Patricio Poblete, Carlos Vignolo Friz, Sergio Celis, & William Young, Universidad de Chile (Chile)

Students entering the School of Engineering of the University of Chile received a different welcome this year. One of the main goals of the new induction program was to get new students close to engineering work from day one, and this was accomplished through a series of experiences where ingenuity, talent, enthusiasm and teamwork were the main tools to attain the goals. These experiences were complemented with orientation about basic processes they should know to find their way around, getting to know the school and forming ties with their fellow classmates and with professors. Survey results showed a significant positive impact of the experience on relationships among peers and trust in faculty authorities.

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