ORG REUNA (Red Universitaria Nacional) Title Presidente del Directorio de REUNA BIO Jose Palacios has over forty years of experience in higher education, serving several positions at Universities, and as member of various Boards and Commissions within the Chilean Higher Education System. Additionally, Jose has worked for providing an advanced real-time collaboration platform to the research and education community through his participation as Chairman of the Board in the National Research and Education Network (REUNA). In the international collaboration field, he has been involved in projects financed by the European Union, Canada Government and Japanese Agencies, as well as Chilean Institutions. Also, Jose worked in cooperation for developing programs for Latin-American countries as international consultant and evaluator of international cooperation programs with the Canadian Community College. He also published as Author and Co-author of several papers in the field of physical chemistry of metallurgical processes, environmental and recycling issues and Higher Education Management. Jose holds an Engineering degree in Metallurgy from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and a Certificate in Extractive Metallurgy from Tohoku University and a Ph.D. in the School of Materials Engineering of Purdue University.