Latin American Research Centre
The University of Calgary's Academic Plan rightly identifies international studies as one of the areas of prominence and promise at this institution, and the study of Latin America is a regional concentration where the University enjoys an established international reputation. Research on and in Latin America, as well as undergraduate programs and graduate study relating to the region have been a key area of excellence. The undergraduate program in Latin American Studies has been recognized and has received awards at both the institutional and national levels for its innovation and excellence. For more than thirty years, the University has also operated a highly successful Field School in Latin America, and the Haskayne School of Business, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Environmental Design, has operated an internationally recognized program in environmental management, based in Quito, Ecuador. Scholars in Engineering, Medicine, Social Work and Education, among others, have long been engaged in work on and in the region.
The Latin American Research Centre (LARC) serves as an essential catalyst in bringing together University of Calgary researchers from diverse disciplines and faculties to collaborate on research relevant to the academic, business, government and global communities, including public policy research on current issues.
The Latin American Research Centre will advance the University of Calgary’s goal of being a world leader in research and teaching programs on Latin American issues.
The Latin American Research Centre creates knowledge through disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research that is disseminated to various user groups locally, nationally and internationally. This includes the development and operation of institutional academic programs, publications and publication series, public service activities, resource development, and cooperative research projects designed to serve the academic, business and government communities. The Centre will help to develop and cultivate world-class scholarship and critical thinking on issues of importance to Latin America and Canada’s role in the region.