Colombian Resources

In turn, the socialization of the proposal has generated confusion that must be cleared in time to prevent that they divert attention and bog down discussions that are really required. From March 10, 2011, the national Government decided to put the proposed reform to the law 30 of 1992, before taking it to the Congress of the Republic for consideration of Colombian society. The objective of this methodology is to build a project that meets the needs of quality, relevance, coverage, modernization and internationalization of higher education. Although the presented text (164 articles) would have a direct impact on most aspects of the Colombian higher education system, the main concerns and confusion against the initiative have focused on the financial issue, which has various implications for both public universities and private. (In this regard, the Ministry of national education (MEN) has raised four major strategies: 1) increase resources to the public universities; (2) expand the number of beneficiaries of the Icetex credits; 3) manage private teaching and research resources, and 4) authorize the establishment of private for-profit universities. U public, without sufficient resources Moises Wasserman, rector of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, based on studies by the UN and other universities in the country, has made several comments to the proposal for the MEN. Against the financial plan for the public universities, he noted that the current Government maintains the one presented by the former Minister of education, Cecilia Maria Velez (2002-2010), increase the budget base of these institutions 1% of current resources in 2012, 2% in 2013 and 3% between 2014 and 2019. This offering, formalized in the Bill submitted to the Congress in May 2010, had already been rejected by the rectors of public universities. Since then, has been considered that these resources are insufficient and do not respond to financial calculations that public universities have done before their budgetary problems.

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