President of Chile to speak on campusVisit marks anniversary of Chilean students' enrollment
President Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle of Chile will present "Time to Share Opportunities" at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall. Doors close at 11:20 a.m. The talk is free and open to the public.
His visit marks the 40th anniversary of the first enrollment of Chilean graduate students in the University's Economics Department. The students came to the University in 1957 as part of an arrangement with the Catholic University of Chile. Many of these students later helped steer their nation toward the free market development that has made Chile a model economy.
Frei was a student leader at the University of Chile, where he completed a degree in civil engineering. He joined the Christian Democratic Party in 1958. During the nation's military regime, Frei was a founder and promoter of the Committee for Free Elections and campaigned for the return of civilian rule.
He was elected Senator from Santiago in 1989 and president of the Christian Democratic Party in 1991. He was elected president of Chile in 1993.