Indiana University chief heading to South America for 8-day trip

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Indiana University's president is heading to South America for an eight-day trip that will be the first visit by a sitting IU president to the region in nearly 40 years.

IU President Michael McRobbie will visit several top universities and launch new alumni chapters during his trip to Brazil, Argentina and Chile set to begin Monday.

McRobbie will sign new partnership agreements with four of the region's top-ranked universities. He says his trip with IU vice president for international affairs David Zaret will increase study abroad opportunities for IU students and open up new collaborative research possibilities for IU faculty.

McRobbie says IU's activities in Latin America, which include two federally funded research centers, will be further enhanced during the trip.

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