The meeting was held at the Pucón Headquarters of the University of La Frontera.
The participants began to outline a work plan that in the medium term could influence public policies that address the issue, under the premise that it positions the development of science and technology as the basis for the country's development.
"As a group of Vice-Rectors for Research and Postgraduate Studies, we decided to reactivate the Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation, since the country scenario requires an opinion based on a constructive dialogue that aims to improve the strategies of scientific production in each field," said the Vice-Rector of Research and Postgraduate Studies of the University of La Frontera, Dr. Eduardo Hebel, in the work session that brought together the Vice-Rectors for Research and Postgraduate Studies of the Council of Rectors last Monday, August 31 at the Pucón Headquarters of UFRO.
The objective of this second meeting of the year -the first was held in July at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile- was to outline a work plan that in the medium term can influence public policies that address the issue and, in addition, carry out actions to that the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission becomes a permanent advisory body of the rectors.
"Today we begin to define a sense, a horizon, a strategy of how we are going to position ourselves in the national concert regarding development in science and technology and, for now, we believe that associativity, will and joint work is the key," he commented in turn, the Executive Director of CRUCH, María Teresa Marshall.
The joint as the central axis of work
The day included a workshop to begin to build a strategic planning framework that will lead to a development plan for the commission. In the first instance, the articulation between the CRUCH universities is fundamental, and this was made explicit by the attendees.
Currently, more than 90% of the research carried out in Chile is housed in the universities belonging to the CRUCH, reason more than enough to give an accurate opinion on how the future of institutions characterized by their level of scientific productivity should be conducted. "It is time to show ourselves, we have the knowledge and experience to clearly build proposals that continue to highlight the work that characterizes us," said the president of the Commission, the academic from the University of Valparaíso, Dr. Joel Saavedra.
"The call we had for this second meeting, the will for dialogue and consensus, shows us that we are interested and want to be relevant actors in future decision-making," added Vice Chancellor Hebel. "There is also the willingness of the rectors to understand that the development of science and technology is the basis for the country's development and in that sense, we can be a substantive contribution, since there are many relevant voices willing to debate the issue," he added. Marshall.
One of the first commitments that the group made is to start evaluating public policies in a two-year period, impacting them, becoming a benchmark and being a recognized commission.
Current and called scenario
According to the rector of the Universidad de La Frontera, Sergio Bravo, currently the rectors of CRUCH are focused on issues of financing and governance, so this initiative is welcomed and welcomed with special attention. “I want to make a special call, it is these actors who will be able to make important contributions to improve research, postgraduate studies and R + D + i. The rectors' agenda is totally political at the moment, we are concerned about financing and governance, that is why this group is called to take actions that transcend and I urge them to move forward ”.
Likewise, the authority pointed out that the issue of articulation is gaining more and more force and will be the basis of all future work. The educational reform comes to eliminate competition between universities and will relieve the concept of collaboration, which is why this commission is formed at the precise moment.
“One of the keys to postgraduate studies is to have good doctoral programs and for that it is vital that the great universities of Chile partner with us, the regional ones. They will never be world class if they do not partner with us and an accredited doctorate will be the basis ”, commented Rector Bravo when referring to one of the benefits of these future alliances. From here, the connection strongly arises, which is also focused on the environment, on our society. Currently the country demands a link and research associated with the needs of the environment, to generate useful innovations, with meaning and that solve problems. "For this reason, this group today has the strength and the willingness to make this a reality, and I reiterate my call to continue working on this," he concluded.
Fountain: University of La Frontera