Postgraduate Scholarships in Colombia: Objectives 2022 | government | Economie

Training professionals at postgraduate levels is one of the initiatives The Ministry of Science and Technology And innovation to encourage innovation in the country and create job opportunities for people who specialize in a field.

with this program ‘high level’, Between 2019 and 2021, the Ministry awarded 2,538 scholarships for doctoral-level training in the country and abroad. Likewise, they have been given 4597 Master’s degrees.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Tito Christian He explained what are the objectives of the scholarships for this year and what are the programs that enhance research for the benefit of the state and the private sector, through incentives to employ this category of professionals.

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What are the objectives this year of creating scholarships for postgraduate studies?

The National Development Plan aims for 3,680 doctoral scholarships and about 5,400 master’s degrees. Last year we awarded 2,800, we have about 800 PhD scholarships left to apply. Therefore, we have opened an invitation through the public domain system of 60,000 million pesos, which seeks to award 600 PhD scholarships at universities across the country.

Is there any kind of agreement with other organizations?

Yes, we have an alliance with Colfuturo, we are talking about 40 PhD scholarships in universities in the US, which are within the 500 of Shanghai rankings, among the best in the world. In addition, we have a master’s degree scholarship program in Colombia and abroad.

To what extent do these programs contribute to directing the state towards a knowledge society?

Training human talent is very important because clinicians and researchers are the ones who generate the science, technology and innovation processes. If we want to have a country that changes its paradigm to be a knowledge society, it is first necessary to have that human talent, and researchers trained to lead innovation.

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In this order of ideas, how is the scholarship program in bioeconomics?

The bioeconomy is a sector that has to do with all kinds of products that contain some biological element, whether they are plants or animals.

This is why different bio-products have to do with medicines and the issue of cosmetics that comes from our biodiversity. We also have the theme of agriculture.
Last year, 54,000 million pesos were invested in the subjects of the Department of Bioeconomics, and this also includes a training package for doctoral programs related to this field.

How are scholarships delivered in this field?

We have recently been awarded 234 PhD scholarships, through the “Soy Profe” program, 100% of the tuition fees in Colombian universities are covered. We will deliver 600 new ones, 80% of which must be in science, technology or math related fields. In the scientific part there is everything related to bioeconomics.

Of the other science programs Regions Scholarship Program, what is the balance in its implementation?

We seek justice at the national level, through areas where some quotas are protected. Obviously, the main regions of the country in terms of Ph.D. are Bogota and Antioquia, but the Caribbean and Valle del Cauca are also growing.

But we want to have a larger distribution, which is why the quotas are determined by region, so that no one is left behind.

Tito Christian, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.

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How is the relationship of these professionals in the private sector?

It should be noted that more than 90% of scholarship students complete their training processes. In addition, they are mainly included in the academic world. However, the proportion of researchers working in the productive sector has been increased. The National Development Plan has set a target for 2.5% of researchers to work in the industry, and we are already 2.7%.

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What are the incentives given to companies?

We have a database of doctors available to companies. Additionally, there are tax benefits such as recognition of 125% of a physician’s salary for employers that are tax-deductible, so let’s say this is also a very important tool for newly graduated physicians.

How is the gender gap in access to postgraduate courses closed?

In Colombia, 34% of researchers are women. That is why we have given priority to this population in scholarship studies.

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Juliana Peña
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