Council of Rectors warns of the need to speed up the execution of the 2019 Budget in higher education

The executive vice president of CRUCH, Aldo Valle, although he appreciated that this year the delay in the delivery of resources for Gratuity has been corrected, he regretted the delay in the delivery of other state funds for academic institutions.

"It is not useful to the universities that these resources arrive in December," he said. In another area, more than 295,900 applicants registered to take the University Selection Tests (PSU), in the 2020 Admission Process. This figure represents an increase of 1,57% compared to the previous process.

The evaluation of the 2019 budget execution process of the items that the Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) allocates to higher education was one of the central issues addressed by the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCH), in the framework of its session Ordinary No. 608, which was held this Thursday at the Baquedano Campus of the Arturo Prat University (UNAP), in Iquique.

On the occasion, the plenary session of the Board specifically reviewed how, as of September of this year, the resources contemplated in the 2019 Budget for CRUCH universities have been implemented with respect to Free resources, fee scholarships, Direct Fiscal Contribution (AFD) , Basal Contributions and other contributions to higher education institutions.

The executive vice president of CRUCH, rector Aldo Valle, said that the balance of the Council is that “we have not yet reached the optimum required, but we have faith that the budget will be executed in all the public financing instruments that represent for our universities indispensable income ”.

The authority of the Council appreciated that this year the delay regarding the delivery of assignments related to Gratuity has been corrected, but regretted that this is not the situation of the other funds “and it is not useful to the universities that these resources arrive in December". The rector pointed out that "normally there is a delay (in the delivery of these monies) and every year we point out this situation", for which he expressed the need to have mechanisms to speed up the budget execution of the items related to the houses of studies.

"We ask that there be the possibility that MINEDUC and the Ministry of Finance can transfer resources before the decrees are processed before the Comptroller General of the Republic," said the executive vice president of CRUCH.

Valle added that “this year in the law it was considered that transfers of up to 50% of the total that would correspond to each university could be made before the decrees are processed, because in turn it happens that the enrollment processes are consolidated well advanced The first semester. Often the clear, consolidated information is around July and as long as that information is not consolidated, the decrees cannot go out of the ministry to the Comptroller's Office. That is what ultimately produces these delays, which are often not specific responsibilities, but rather due to the complexity of the registration processes and the administrative processes of each ministry ”.

Admission Process 2020

On the occasion, the full CRUCH also reviewed the most relevant figures of the 2020 Admission Process, after the closing of the registrations to take the University Selection Tests (PSU). According to the statistics of the Department of Evaluation, Measurement and Educational Registration of the University of Chile (DEMRE), a total of 295,935 applicants were registered, an additional 1,57% compared to the previous process (in which 291,305 people registered).

Meanwhile, 190,850 registered students accessed the PSU Scholarship granted by the National Board of School Aid and Scholarships (JUNAEB), which is equivalent to 64.4% of the total. Of this universe, 214,067 enrolled correspond to the generation of the year (72.3%), while 81,868 come from previous discharges (27.6%). By gender, 52.7% of those who registered are women (156,100), while men correspond to 47.25% (139,835).

The Humanist Scientific sector concentrates 71.5% of the applicants, adding the Day (176,647) and Night (34,952) modalities; while the Technical - Professional sector represents 27.2%, with 80,671 registered. The rest of the students correspond to validation of studies, recognition of studies and certification.

On the other hand, the 52% of the applicants come from subsidized private establishments (154,078); 34.9% of municipal establishments (103,522); 10.4% to paid private schools (31,005); and 1,31% to Local Education Services establishments (3,886). The rest correspond to students with validation or recognition of studies.

Likewise, foreign applicants correspond to 2.4% of the total registered for the 2020 Admission Process (7,118), which represents an increase of 36.6% compared to last year, when 5,209 foreigners registered. By nationality, most of these registered come from Haiti (1,683), Peru (1,557), Venezuela (1,172), Colombia (914), Bolivia (647), Ecuador (333) and Argentina (280). In this context, Venezuelan and Haitian applicants registered an increase of 243% and 58.4%, respectively, compared to last year.

The PSUs will be given on Monday, November 18 (Language and Communication and Science) and Tuesday, November 19 (Mathematics and History, Geography and Social Sciences).

Challenges for careers and health programs

Another of the topics addressed in the session was the challenge faced by universities that teach health programs and careers and the interest of study houses to contribute to the development of public policies in this area.

For this, Mirta Crovetto, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the U. de Playa Ancha, and Yolanda Zúñiga, in charge of Clinical Fields of the U. de Concepción, who are representatives of the Health Commission of the Association Regional Universities (AUR).

Patricia Muñoz, dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the U. Diego Portales and president of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Chile (ASOFAMECH) also presented, who referred to the increase in demand for clinical fields due to the increase in institutions that teach careers in this area, the accreditation of these programs and how the State can contribute to the training of general practitioners, sub-specialists and specialists.

This CRUCH session was attended by the new rector of the U. de Aysén, Natacha Pino, who appreciated the reception of her peers and the challenges facing the university in order to consolidate it.