"In none of the 25 CRUCH universities is there appropriation of surpluses, which is what is called profit"

Meeting between the CRUCH and the Investigative Commission on the operation of Higher Education of the Chamber of Deputies:

"In none of the 25 CRUCH universities is there appropriation of surpluses, which is what is called profit"

Thursday June 21, 2012. Representatives of the CRUCH, led by its rector executive vice president Juan Manuel Zolezzi, were received today at the National Congress of Santiago by the Investigative Commission on the operation of Higher Education, chaired by the PRI deputy Alejandra Sepúlveda . The objective of this meeting was to learn more details about the conclusions of the report that the commission delivered this week. The rectors of CRUCH appreciated this effort that clarifies the issue of profit.

After finishing the dialogue that lasted more than an hour, the Executive Vice President of the CRUCH, rector Juan Manuel Zolezzi, stated that this document deals with something very serious and deserves all the attention of the CRUCH because it has been carried out by a state power that has the mission of supervising. “Today is a different day from yesterday and this means a great advance because although the issue of profit is common knowledge, no state body had put it on the table. Today for the first time we have an institution of the State of Chile that issues a report of great importance for the country, such as profit in higher education and that could be strongly explaining the level of indebtedness to which students have been subjected and their families ”, he affirmed.

Zolezzi flatly rejected the issue that in any of the 25 universities of the Council of Rectors there may be profit, assuring that “in none of the 25 CRUCH universities there is appropriation of surpluses, which is what is called profit. In particular, we - as state universities - are regulated by the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic and the Transparency Law. Cruch universities submit reports to the Ministry, our balances are audited and public, as is all the information, therefore there is no possibility ”.

It was announced that the report will be released publicly on Friday, June 22 from 8:00 p.m. on the website of the Chamber of Deputies (www.camara.cl) and to learn more about its content, the rectors invited Deputy Alejandra Sepúlveda to the next plenary session of the CRUCH, which will be held next Thursday, June 28 at the Federico Santa María University so that it can be presented to the plenary session of rectors in detail.

Deputy Alejandra Sepúlveda, for her part, invited not to draw hasty conclusions from the document and wait for the complete report to be able to ratify all the people who were invited for its preparation. “The reflection that we had today with the rectors has to do with how today we have to look at higher education, not as an industry but as a central axis in the development of this country and not only in terms of intellectual production but also in terms of values, that is, about which people we are training for the service of this country ”, he explained.