Roberto Villaseca (Chile)

Academic Director


MA, Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación


Roberto graduated from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile with a degree in industrial management. He earned two postgraduate degrees, in university pedagogy and college management, from the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación in Chile; he also has a master’s degree in education from the same university. Roberto did his doctoral studies in education at the Aconcagua University in Santiago, Chile, specializing in assessment and accreditation, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Latin American culture and education at Arcis University in Santiago, Chile. He has held academic assignments at the Universidad Arcis, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and Universidad de Chile and has served as the academic coordinator of the Faculty of Engineering at the Universidad Bolivariana. His research has focused on education, economics, globalization, and economic development, areas in which he has published several articles.

Roberto has been academic director of this program since 2009, but his experience with SIT dates back to 2001 when he was academic coordinator of the Globalization and Economic Development program and the Advanced Field Research summer program. In these roles he analyzed intercultural bilingual education in Mapuche territory and intercultural education with immigrant populations in Santiago and Buenos Aires to understand the relationship between intercultural education, human rights, popular education, gender and immigrant studies, and social change in Chile and Argentina.