The meeting held at the Palacio de la Moneda was led by President Michelle Bachelet, the Minister of Education Adriana Delpiano, the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors and rector of the University of Valparaíso Aldo Valle; the rector of the University of Chile, Ennio Vivaldi; the rector of the University of Santiago, Juan Manuel Zolezzi; the rector of the University of Aysén, Roxana Pey; the rector of the UMCE, Jaime Espinosa; the rector of the Metropolitan Technological University, Luis Pinto and the Academic Vice-rector of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Juan Larraín.
Santiago, December 28, 2015.- Representatives of the Council of Rectors met with the President of the Republic in the Palacio de La Moneda to formally request that the presentation of the bill that reforms the Higher Education system be postponed, in order to to have additional time for a pre-legislative deliberation.
At the meeting, headed by the President, Michelle Bachelet, and the Minister of Education, Adriana Delpiano, were present the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors and rector of the University of Valparaíso, Aldo Valle; the rector of the University of Chile, Ennio Vivaldi; the rector of the University of Santiago, Juan Manuel Zolezzi; the rector of the University of Aysén, Roxana Pey; the rector of the Metropolitan University of Education Sciences, Jaime Espinosa; the rector of the Metropolitan Technological University, Luis Pinto; and, on behalf of the rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, the Academic Vice-rector of the institution, Juan Larraín.
At the end of the meeting, the Executive Vice President of the Council of Rectors, Aldo Valle, announced that “we have been able to obtain a welcome to this request, so that we can inform you that on the instructions of Her Excellency the President of the Republic, the reform project It will not be entered in the next few days, but a decision will be made, once we have carried out an analysis, evaluation and deliberation work, with the purpose of contributing to a reform that we consider to be of greater interest to the country. , not only for certain institutions of higher education but also for Chile ", Valle stressed that important reforms cannot be the result only of cabinet work, but" it is very important that reforms of this magnitude positively and actively collect the opinion of all the actors of the higher education system. A reform is not only a bill that enters the National Congress, it is also a prior participation process that consists of a transparent, plural and participatory discussion and deliberation that we have not had until now, since we do not know the draft bill in detail. law that was going to enter Congress ”. For this reason, the executive vice president expressed that this decision is appreciated and pointed out that, together with demonstrating the government's will on this issue, it constitutes recognition of the spirit with which the Council of Rectors has supported and endorsed the substantive axes of the reform.
On the other hand, Rector Valle specified that "we have told the President that we want to be an active part of this process, for which we need to have a more direct, regular and systematic dialogue that we have not had until now." Considering the instructions given by the President, said the rector, "it seems to us that this was clear, since tomorrow we met with the Minister of Education to start working." Valle also stated that they do not want to postpone this project indefinitely, that it is important that they enter as soon as possible, but they see "a real opportunity so that in these early months of 2016 work is done and the reform has better structural support."
For his part, the rector of the University of Santiago, Juan Manuel Zolezzi, joined the rector Valle's proposals. “I was very satisfied and I appreciate the kindness of the President of having agreed to have this project postponed. We all hope to be able to participate, collaborate in everything that is necessary so that we have the best project at the moment that the President considers that it must be sent to Parliament, "said Zolezzi, adding that" we represent a group of rectors who have no other interests. more than improving education in Chile ”.
Meanwhile, the rector of the University of Chile, Ennio Vivaldi, said that “we believe that it is essential to incorporate the student body into the discussion that is taking place at the level of legislation in the country. We would like to see students with an active role in this discussion, therefore, a key issue in the postponement of this bill is to open a space and invite students to give their opinions and incorporate them in this process ”.
It should be noted that the initiative to request a postponement of the presentation of the bill that reforms higher education in the country, was an agreement of the Council of Rectors in the extraordinary session of December 15. On that occasion, it was deemed necessary to participate responsibly in said discussion while having additional time to ensure a broader, more inclusive and representative debate.
Source: CRUCH Communications Area, December 28, 2015.