The Heidelberg Center for Latin America, Center of Excellence in Research and Teaching, is the Postgraduate Center of the University of Heidelberg in Latin America. It was founded as the first and only postgraduate center of a German university in Latin America and officially inaugurated in Santiago de Chile on April 9, 2002.
The Center is conceived as an institution at the service of academic-scientific dialogue and its objective is to organize, promote and direct Doctorate, Master and Diploma programs, which it offers in alliance with prestigious Latin American universities such as the University of Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, among others.
It also organizes and conducts specialization seminars, Symposia, Summer Schools in different disciplines, seeking to transmit the results of German research and study content to the countries of the region. In addition, from its headquarters in Santiago de Chile, the Heidelberg Center serves as a platform for scientific cooperation with other research institutions or universities in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Since 2009 and after winning a prestigious competition for academic quality, organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and with funds from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Heidelberg Center (HCLA) became a Center of Excellence. It is globally one of the four Centers of Excellence in Research and Teaching of the Federal Republic of Germany.