Rectors of CRUCH participate in a meeting on new Regional Universities in Coyhaique

 In a meeting in which rectors and authorities from the Aysén and O'Higgins regions participated, held in Coyhaique, the main arguments that will sustain the future of state study houses were presented.

In an intense working day held in the city of Coyhaique, rectors of the universities of the Council of Rectors (CRUCH) and teams from the Regional Governments of Aysén and O'Higgins shared about the creation of future state universities in those territories. Both regions presented the first arguments collected in the process of citizen dialogues and that will be the impetus that will give life to future schools and their careers.


The meeting was attended by the Mayor of the XII region, Ximena Órdenes, various regional authorities from both regions, the Head of the Division of Higher Education of the Mineduc, rectors of universities in the extreme south of CRUCH and representatives of civil society.


Regarding the schedule, both regions are finishing the work to create the Executive Commission that will lead to the university proposal in each region that will be presented to President Bachelet. Both regions signed the Collaboration Agreement that will allow them to work together from now on with the respective executive committees.


Said Commission in Aysén will be in charge of systematizing the information that is generated from different spaces in order to lay the foundations of what is the vision of the regional university and, therefore, identify what is the seal or identity that it will have . Rectors of universities, authorities, academics and representatives of civil society at the national and regional level will participate in this instance.


The meeting, called by the Mineduc, was attended by the rectors Sergio Bravo, Juan Oyarzo, Óscar Galindo, Juan Cancino and Óscar Garrido.


This work will be carried out in parallel with the parliamentary debate that should approve the Law that creates the two regional universities, something that should happen in the coming months.


In several points, there is agreement between both regions, including the rectors who participated in the working session. One of the aspects that generates the most consensus is that the educational model should be focused on complementation rather than on competition between study houses.


There, the Mayor Ximena Órdenes reiterates that the regional university of Aysén must have a seal "that allows the generation of new knowledge from Aysén, but also become a benchmark, capable of solving global issues." The objective of both universities would be to consider themselves as a research development pole focused on postgraduate studies rather than as traditional undergraduate careers. "Change the paradigm" as was repeated among various academics and authorities.


“We have the challenge and the opportunity to test new designs. First, collect the information and the experience that exists, see how the work of the state universities has been, but also oriented towards innovation and development ”, indicates the Mayor of Aysén.

Francisco Martínez, head of the Division of Higher Education of the Mineduc, indicated that the universities will have "the support they require from the current institutional framework, but it does not constitute such a radical situation", since "the universities operate autonomously."