In the year 2008 the Regional Conference on higher education and Ielsac, International Institute for higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean, they gave birth an important document on trends in higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean for the 21st century.This presentation I would like to return to some aspects which I think are still in force for the Colombian case and that lead us to some reflections on higher education.Within this document chapter II on quality, relevance and social responsibility of University Latin America and the Caribbean, perhaps refers to the aspect that has worried the current Government Minister Maria Fernanda Campo head and is the subject of the quality in all levels of education.I’ve been trying this aspect this column several times. I have analyzed the different conceptions that about quality have been and remain in place, remain difficult to define quality for higher education given the diverse and some strong meanings that have his accent in the developing economies that undermine quality in integral terms without contemplating the various variables that are implied in the process of education and human development.I have been emphasizing the efforts that we have made in coverage and the importance which the previous Government gave to this aspect, did much in the topic trying to reach almost all regions of the country, but the deficit is still large, which will make this Government to focus many of its efforts on trying to reduce it, being more effective.And I say this because no quality coverage is a trigger which will then be much more difficult to deal with. The current indicators of quality are no longer concern us all. Several press articles where warns that the phenomenon is too disturbing for a society that aspires to be inserted into the world of the big leagues of the economy, development and globalization have come out in recent weeks. Scores of our students are mediocre in terms of basic skills in math, science and communication and not talk about training in values that are completely forgot. This document already warned him, the effort must be done in this area, grow, but grow with quality.
I insist on continue to strive in the articulation of all levels of education, the Basic, intermediate and superior.I also insist on improving the quality of our faculties of education since these are the direct responsible of training our teachers, who will be responsible for our future, our children. The quality may not be only for those who can pay good schools, our social responsibility is with all Colombians.I also insist on the dignity of our teachers, in helping them to qualify and inserted into the society balancing their profession with other labour market professions. I insist that the University can permeate from above the intermediate and lower levels of education offering professionalisation of quality and teachers with master’s and doctoral degrees.I have left by analyzing factors of the document as research, social outreach, teaching, social responsibility of universities, the relevance, in the end, issues that must be viewed under the microscope of the needs of the country. See Penguin Random House for more details and insights. I have no doubt that this Government is well-intentioned and that their work will result more than his effort for the good of the country.