The first meeting of the Mineduc authorities with the plenary of the Cruch chiefs

“We have a very good space for dialogue,” said the Minister of Education, Marco Antonio Avila, after meeting for the first time with the plenary session of the Council of Deans of Chilean Universities (CRUCH) on Thursday, March 31.

The Head of the Department of Education (MINEDUC) attended the 631st session of the Council accompanied by the Undersecretary of Higher Education, Veronica Figueroa, and the Chair of the Department of Undergraduate Education, Thomas Griggs.

On this occasion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs – who is the President of CRUCH – emphasized that “it is essential for us to have Chilean universities, which make an enormous contribution not only to scientific and technological development, but also to revealing regional and regional needs. We want to” Opening a different relationship, not only thinking about resource transfer issues, but also sharing a common vision for the country’s development.”

For his part, the Executive Vice President of the Council, Juan Manuel Zulizzi (U de Santiago), expressed his appreciation for the willingness of the Minido authorities for dialogue and stressed that “we would like our role to be better understood, which is to advise the government in preparing public policies. We believe that based on What has been heard so far, this role will be understood and hopefully used as well, or else it will be lost.”

“We would like our role to be understood more, which is to advise the government in setting public policies. We believe that from what has been heard so far, that role will be understood and hopefully used, because otherwise, it loses” – Cruch Executive Vice President , Juan Manuel Zolezzi

Meanwhile, Under Secretary Figueroa noted MINEDUC’s programmatic focus for the higher education sector. He stressed that “we found a readiness for dialogue and integrating the pillars that interest us from the undersecretary, such as the gender approach, national and regional pluralism, and above all talking about educational justice, and how institutions contribute to it.” .

Public share CRUCH

Regarding the contribution of state and non-state universities (grouped into G-9) that are part of the organization, Rector Zolezzi stressed that “Deans Council universities have always cooperated with public education in the country”.

And on the relationship between the state and universities, Zulzi said, “The state has the right to determine what it will do and how it will do it, but there is likely to be a fruitful dialogue, in terms of getting the greatest cooperation from both parts. Here we are looking for the best sectors to contribute to the country, so no Nobody is excluded here.”

Similarly, alternate executive vice president Ignacio Sanchez (U Cattolica) stated that “in this council there are 30 institutions working on the development of public higher education, in different regions and cities (…) for us, who are an integral part of CRUCH, we seem It is very positive that the authorities of the ministry have appreciated the role of the council and it also seems positive to us that the proposals they gave us have made it very clear that there is space for dialogue open, in order to find arguments and positions.”

“We found it very positive that the ministry authorities appreciated the role of the council and we also find it positive that the proposals they gave us made it clear that there is space for dialogue open to find arguments and positions.” – University President Ignacio Sanchez, Alternate Executive Vice President Cruch.

“All the institutions here are very immersed in the public contribution to higher education,” Sanchez emphasized. He added, “We have no doubt that when presenting the tools, mechanisms, and projects of public interest in the past fifty years, we will find many examples of how public policies began and emerged from the various universities in the Council of Deans.”

Gender Agenda

At this CRUCH session, held at the Central House of the United States in Chile, the CRUCH plenary learned about the progress of its Commission on Gender Equality, which is chaired by the Dean of U. de Aysén, Natasha Pino, and coordinated by academics Antonia Santos (U. de Aysén) ).

“We have done a good job and the universities and their teams have given a lot of themselves to install gender policies,” Santos stressed. He emphasized that 80% of the schools that make up the council have a diagnosis of gender gaps and that all institutions have updated protocols and carry out awareness and dissemination work.

The work of the commission was appreciated by Minister Avila, who highlighted that they “were working on policies on gender and trans population as well as on dissent and sexual diversity. This shows how universities are ahead of the times and help us prepare better social and cultural scenarios for all.”

For her part, Rector Pino emphasized that “it was a nice coincidence to have a table point in the session, where we gave from the committee a description of how we’ve progressed, but also what the challenges are for this year.”

“(…)” They have worked on the politics of gender and trans population as well as dissidents and sexual diversities. This shows how universities are ahead of the times and help us prepare better social and cultural scenarios for everyone” – Minister of Education, Marco Antonio Avila.

Regarding the challenges, he explained, “One of them is clearly how universities affiliated with the Council of Deans are able to implement Law No. 21369, which regulates sexual harassment, violence and gender discrimination in higher education. In this sense, it is very encouraging to find a ministry that has gender issues on the agenda. her business (…) and that there is an interest in working together, so that we can make a lot of progress.”

The President of Essen University highlighted MINEDUC’s invitation to join a working group on non-sexist education, which will take place in mid-April.

Ukraine support

With regard to the conflict in Ukraine, at the beginning of March, the Council expressed through a public declaration of solidarity with citizens, in particular with the Ukrainian university communities, and asked its Internationalization Committee to prepare a proposal for temporary or permanent inclusion of academics, students, administrative staff and professionals

In Thursday’s session, the proposal was presented for evaluation, which includes among other initiatives integrating academics in research at the graduate level, internships for undergraduates, Spanish courses for foreigners, and scholarships for students and their families.

As the proposal requires the involvement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs and Health, the new Head of the Undersecretary for Higher Education’s Department of Undergraduate Education, Thomas Greggs, has promised to work with CRUCH and coordinate with relevant bodies.

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