The president of the Commission and Vice-rector for Research and Advanced Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Joel Saavedra, pointed out that the 90% of research in Chile is carried out at the universities of the Council of Rectors, for which “we consider that it is very It is important that our proposals are heard ”.
Representatives of the 25 CRUCH universities that make up the Research Vice-Rectors Commission agreed on the need to become an authorized voice on country issues, such as the project to create a Ministry of Science and Technology and the problem of young researchers, in the context of the IV working day held on Friday, April 8, at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (PUCV).
The President of the Commission and Vice-Rector for Research and Advanced Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Joel Saavedra, indicated that “the universities of the Council of Rectors carried out the 90% of research in Chile, which placed us in the study of the Service of Information on Higher Education (SIES) of the Ministry of Education in 2014, in the 44th place worldwide in the SCImago Country Rankings and in the 4th place in Latin America, in terms of scientific production. Meanwhile, Chile leads in the region if it is analyzed relative to the size of the population ”. Saavedra added that "based on these figures, we consider that it is very important that our proposals are listened to and, in this way, actively participate in the pre-legislative discussion of the project to create a new Ministry of Science and Technology."
For this reason, the vice-rectors expressed their intention to participate actively before the commissions of the National Congress, prepare reports and contribute to the discussion as a validated advisory body on matters so relevant to the country.
This vision was shared by the General Secretary of the Council of Rectors, María Isabel Munita, who expressed the desire of the CRUCH to promote and open instances of participation and discussion around this type of project, which implies carrying out a deep and relevant analysis on the subject matter. In this regard, he expressed that "it is a priority to recognize the knowledge and experience of the Vice-Rectors of Research of this commission because, without a doubt, it is what is required to effectively face this particular issue," he specified.
Regarding the current situation of young researchers in Chile, the Commission agreed to elaborate a proposal with clear policies in the face of problems such as the resources provided and the difficulties of finding work and in the academy faced by these young people after completing their research.
Within the framework of this working day, the Commission defined working together on issues related to good institutional practices, the importance of ethics committees on issues related to research and, in addition, developing studies where the strengths of each institution are expressed in areas related to publications and research incentives.
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