Pablo Beltran, President of the Council for Higher Education (CES). Photo: Diego Pallero / El Comersio
Lainida Castillo. Editor (I)
Last May 4, Paul Beltran Was selected as The new president of the Council of Higher Education (Exit). It was the highest rate Competition From Opposition Y. Qualifications (94/100) and got nine out of 10 Vote Of Vowels.
He has previously served as a councilor and member Institute Commission. The official spoke to the newspaper about the pending issues and challenges – in these five years – to improve. Higher education In the country.
What is the balance of the administration as the previous director?
We coordinate academic activities at institutions of higher learning (HEIs), we create emergency management courses for Covid-19, we approve plans to return to face-to-face classes, create 1,135 new careers, 306 redesign and create 15 institutions. .
What was pending?
CES’s greatest efforts focus on career, program, and approval of new institutes. It is a work that can be done more efficiently. We have about 200 race proposals for approval.
What is failure?
According to the regulations, a new career must be approved within 45 days and an institute within six months. We are taking nine months and two years in practice.
Why and where is the problem?
The entire proposal is currently being reviewed and verified: topics, class time, number of teachers, students per classroom, and more. That takes quite a while.
For institutes, reports are sought from the Planning Secretariat and the Higher Education Quality Assurance Council. These processes go beyond our efficiency and increase approval time.
What is your proposal?
Approve the race within a maximum of 15 days. That is why we are preparing a proposal to reform the academic regime regulation with HEI.
How are you going to achieve this?
The proposal is that HEIs approve the degree internally through their appropriate agency and then send a report to CES, checking that they meet the requirements and approve.
What can be done to ensure that HEIs are innovative and not confined to traditional careers?
This is a system failure. Through a complex process, HEI continues to offer the same courses because, to a certain extent, it gives them a greater chance of being approved.
Technical and technical education needs to be given more coverage and young people need to choose a profession so that, among their options, such training is present.
What will be the reform proposal?
By streamlining and streamlining processes, we are giving HEI the freedom to pursue innovative careers. I am sure they will respond to the needs of the system and the changes that society is going through.
What are the concerns of HEI authorities?
Excessive control in higher education. They tell us to respect each other’s nature for less regulation and for diversity. And they can work more autonomously.
Does ETUC control everything?
Yes, what they should offer, how they should do it, how they should change and much more. Now we will try to reduce it to give back their autonomy.
How do HEIs avoid going back to the garage?
The present system is mature and has recognized universities and institutions, which will be responsible for enforcing their autonomy.
Reducing hyper-regulation does not mean leaving the system completely independent to do what they want, but giving them a proper regulatory structure so that they can operate independently on that basis.
What needs to be controlled?
The way HEIs work, regulate teachers’ careers and career ladders, among other things minimum infrastructure requirements, connections, research.
What will be your challenge in these five years?
Reform regulations to strengthen the national system and provide a free system for students and HEIs, but under responsible autonomy.
How are they going to reform the regulations?
We are trying to collect proposals through workshops with HEI. We have already made one with them from the coast and this week we will make another with Assad from Central Sierra.
Why is it important to promote a technical career?
Institutions allow professionals to quickly enter the labor market and contribute to the competitiveness of the productive sector. Young people do not choose this profession because they are unaware of their importance in the development of the country.
Academic background: Economist and PhD in public policy, postgraduate degree in economics and trade and service organization. He was born in Passage, in the province of El Oro.
Professional career: He was dean at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, university professor and minister, advisor and researcher.