• The Minister of Education Joaquín Lavín spoke at the CRUCH plenary session.
• In plenary, it was also decided to extend until Monday 30 at 18:00 the deadline for private universities to respond to the call made by the Council of Rectors to join the traditional admission system (PSU®).
In a plenary session of the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities, CRUCH, the Minister of Education, Joaquín Lavín, spoke about the reform of Higher Education proposed by President Piñera in his speech on May 21 and invited the rectors to analyze together the proposals to obtain consensus. "We want to agree on these reform proposals with the Council of Rectors before presenting them and seeking consensus in Congress," said the Minister of Education, Joaquín Lavín.
The aspects that this reform agenda should consider would be related to student financing, institutions and research.
The Council of Rectors appreciated the invitation made by the Minister, however, emphasized that in order to carry out any reform it is essential that the State invest more resources than are currently available. “We have a lot to contribute as traditional universities to improve the current higher education system. There are aspects of the government's proposal that seem valuable to us and others that through joint work we can further enhance. But it is essential that any reform is accompanied by greater resources, "said Víctor Pérez, executive vice president of the Council of Rectors.
In addition, the rectors asked Minister Lavín to integrate the representatives of the Confech into the dialogue on the reform of Higher Education, and to resolve in the best way the conflict that has been generated with the Metropolitan Technological University.
INVITATION TO PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES
In the session, the CRUCH decided to extend until Monday 30 at 6:00 p.m. the deadline for private universities to respond to the call made by the Council of Rectors to join the traditional admission system (PSU®).
To date, seven of the invited universities indicated their interest in joining the PSU® admission system. These universities are: Alberto Hurtado University, Diego Portales University, Mayor University, Adolfo Ibáñez University, Andrés Bello University, Los Andes University, Cardenal Silva Henríquez Catholic University.
On Wednesday, June 1, the Council would meet with the schools that have expressed their interest to analyze the steps to follow in this process.
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