Graduate directors of different institutions of the country met at the ULagos Osorno to agree on relevant aspects of this initiative that will benefit students and teachers.
Establishing the work plan to implement the agreement of consortium graduate programs signed by the rectors of the 18 universities that make up the Consortium of Chilean State Universities, Cuech, was the goal that met at the University of Los Lagos in Osorno to great part of the postgraduate directors of these universities, including the Postgraduate and Postgraduate Director of the University of La Serena, Dr. Cristian Ibáñez.
The consortium programs seek to create alliances between two or more universities to teach a master's or doctoral program by making available the capacities and tools that each institution has and especially the expertise of its academics.
Monica Quiroz, director of the Objective Framework Agreement in Cuech Network, highlighted the work that has been promoted by the Research Network. “This agreement will allow our universities in an associative, collaborative and consortium way to teach postgraduate courses at a national level that have an impact on national, regional development, contribute to the development of public policies and ultimately translate into the permanent and sustained growth of our universities, ”he said.
The universities that make up this Research Network are waiting to be able to materialize this agreement in master's and doctoral programs that contribute to the development of the country and that is through collaboration.
Gonzalo Miranda, director of Postgraduate ULagos, said that “for us it is very important because it is a step to advance in what we need as a country, which is to create a system of state universities where institutions not only stop competing and we are collaborators, but that we also be part of a single great system with common criteria where we can have levels of mobility between academics and students, levels of fluency and permanent complementarity, ”he said.
Cristian Parker, vice-chancellor of postgraduate of the University of Santiago de Chile, highlighted this meeting as a positive instance to coordinate the work that allows to value the capacities. “We as a public and state university have the mission of thinking about the development of the country and the truth is that we do not understand the country's development but with state universities, developed, coordinated and strong, therefore, everything the Consortium of State universities and especially in the field of undergraduate and postgraduate for us is essential. Specifically in postgraduate subjects we find that there is a certain deficit in what we are offering as universities with respect to what we could offer and that deficit has to do with the way we are using and using our resources, we have capabilities and we have to collect them more together. and these types of meetings are precisely focused on that, on how we agree so that the capacities we have can be shared and we can develop what we call the postgraduate consortiums, ”he said.
From the University of Chile, the Postgraduate and Postgraduate Director, Alicia Salomone said she was happy that this network can be a support for universities and for what they offer to their students. “I am very excited about this meeting, we have a series of state universities that have many principles in common and desire to work collectively. Each university has strengths in some areas, weaknesses in others, and we are very interested in being able to complement efforts for the benefit of students and for the benefit of solving major problems in the country. ”
The meeting of the postgraduate directors was a space to work on issues in the area of academic management identifying the requirements they will have to function. However, it was indicated that the network has already had 6 established research work tables that could be the pilots of this agreement for more than a year: sustainability, energy, intercultural diversity and inclusion, education, healthy aging, mining. Each table is made up of academics from different universities that work in a specific area or core.