Colombia’s vision resonated with Purdue’s as it aspires to be a university of the world where the assets that make it a great public, Research I, Land Grant institution in the U.S. could be deployed, in collaborative partnerships, to serve humanity in other parts of the world. With alumni and research partners all over the world, Purdue’s presence is quietly felt. Colombia’s vision challenged us to think big — to imagine working not just with its universities, but with its entire educational system, government and industry in order to make a difference in a place where we already share friendships through research, and, faculty, students, alumni.
In late October 2010 three agreements were signed; the first between Purdue and the Ministry of Education of Colombia, and the second between Purdue, Colciencias, and the Ministry of Education of Colombia and the third between Purdue's College of Engineering and Colfuturo. These agreements effectively established the Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research, now called the Colombia Purdue Initiative (CPI).