This week, the province launched the “Jóvenes a la U” program that gives young people the option to access institutions of higher education.
Although the goal of the development plan is to create an additional 20,000 places for those already in the city, initially this program will be offered to 8000 young people, which includes the possibility to enter 33 universities in the city, of which six are public. The program offers tuition fee payments in public institutions and semi-annual support during the career with a minimum salary.
The Minister of Education, Edna Bonilla, in conversation with EL TIEMPO, explained all that interested young people must know to access this opportunity.
It is important to clarify that there is a deadline of June 28 for access to the first 8000 scholarships. Who can apply and what does the mayor’s office offer?
We have three lines. One is called Line of Concession to the United States. One of our intent is that young people who have attended public higher education institutions with traditional access mechanisms will be able to access them. This is important because there are young people who entered the public university because they passed the admissions processes, but Colombia has a problem not only with access, but with student time and graduation. We invite these students to apply because we can provide maintenance support and tuition support as well. We have six program participants.
Second, the line with the direct admission of young people to the United States that is with public institutions of higher education, where we have been able to have them generate additional quotas to those traditionally provided by admissions processes to these institutions. We will have programs in locations where we have not traditionally had access and we will do so through this special admission.
The other type of some young people who have an extended private admission are the quotas offered by the public or private universities that have submitted their offers to us. It is very important because we say to young people: Those who attend public schools, we have this support for them; Those who enter the private sector, which is also legitimate, we have this support for them.
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What are stents?
We have support in paying tuition fees. But in addition, we tell you: “If you meet the conditions of access, you register etc., we offer you some support depending on the number of young people and targeting criteria”. They will have a minimum salary every six months and they will have support for virtualization.
This support will be for how long?
The whole race.
Education and support, but separation…
This is done every semester, but we can’t leave a student in the middle of the class. It is the implementation of a contract because we say to young people: “We will conclude a contract between the country that wants to be present in your life project and you as a citizen.” And what does this consist of? I’ll support you with the citizens’ taxes, but you’ll do an internship or an internship for me in the end.
How many universities are there?
We have six public universities offering programs in Bogota, which also have all of their accreditation processes, as well as 27 private universities. I thank the universities, not only for the effort to review their offerings, but also for their operations. This is not easy and universities have adapted their operations and are committed to reducing abandonment.
We say that to see the information, you have to go to the Secretariat’s page, but many people have mentioned that a file Link does not work.
We had a problem on Thursday.
It is the only option Link?
Yes, we enhance everything because, in fact, we had a problem for the first few hours, then it was fixed and it is on the page of the Secretariat; Once they enter www.eduacionbogota.gov.co, there they will go to Link.
How does this process work? What should be done first?
If the university accepts it, well, they’ll tell us. There are universities in the process of accepting. The university offers us some classes. For example, the National newspaper told us, “I have that many stakes.” We cannot force the university to accept the Youth to U program first and then accept it from the university. So what we do is get the university to accept it. Access is by university, we cannot modify it.
Can someone who has not had access to education for six years stand a chance?
Yes, we do not have an exact number for the demand number of people who are not studying. But why not give women the opportunity, for example; Teenage pregnancy is a powerful thing, with many devoting the early years to their care, and if they want to go back to college they can do so. We can’t make the mistake of creating a fresh graduate program just because it has a lot of debt with others.
But young people also want a job where they go out and can find work and hopefully get a decent paid job. Did the universities commit to that, too?
Yes, we have made this work with universities. There is an escort, but we also work with the Chamber of Commerce to ensure that whoever graduates can work. It’s something young people say: What’s the point of studying when I can’t find a job? We have this difficulty, but also the opportunity to work with universities and the Chamber of Commerce.
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How much will this cost us?
We have adopted a billion pesos, but we want to prove that there is no more profitable investment than education, so we will ask the Council for additional resources. But at the moment we are guaranteed a billion pesos for the program.
Initially there are 8000 seats. The goal is to reach how far?
The target we set is 20,000 university places in the development plan. There is a huge effort that the classes add to what the university sector has traditionally offered. In Bogotá, about 73,000 young people graduated from public and private schools. If we want to know how many places we need, there is no demand study to let us know, but we say there are 73,000 people who want to enter and nearly 38,000 are excluded. Therefore, Bogotá has to make a huge effort in the field of education.
There are efforts to be made. The first is to see why we despise technical or technology training so much.
But the private company wants them and needs them…
But there are times when baldness does not want to study it. We have to go back to it many times. Say why other societies value this technical or technological knowledge so much more. And when I say value, the differences in salary are not high. You may have salary differences, but there are many things we like to review as a society. Indeed, the taxes paid by the citizens of Bogota make it possible, and that we have more education. But as long as we do not understand that this is the most profitable investment, we will have debts with young people.
Ernesto Cortes Fierro
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