The Rector of Universidad Viña del Mar, Julio Castro Sepúlveda, received special recognition from the Minister of Education, Joaquin Lavin Infante, for his work on the creation of the National Accreditation Commission (CNA).
UVM's highest authority was honored along with other leaders who played a role in the creation and development of the CNA between 2007 and 2010, during a ceremony which was attended by the President of the CNA, Eugenio Díaz Corvalan, who gave an account of the actions taken this group has taken since it was launched on January 4, 2007.
"I feel great satisfaction at having helped create a system to ensure the quality of education in Chile. Remember that it was a law that was discussed for 4 to 5 years, and which received close to 840 amendments. Despite all the discussions, it ended up receiving a unanimous vote, representing an important consensus for a law which, in my view, creates a public non-governmental organization that guarantees faith in the higher education system in our country," said Rector Castro.
It should be noted that this is a recognition of the former members of the accrediting commission for their contributions and leadership during their time at the agency, during which Rector Julio Castro served as head of the Commission on Higher Education.
QUALITY FOR ALL
In this regard, Rector Castro said one of the challenges that higher education faces today is to diversify the options for young people with limited resources so they may not only enter, but also successfully graduate from an accredited educational institution.
"We cannot keep thinking only about those students who receive 700 points. Academic offerings for students in higher socio-economic groups already exist. The growth will come from those youngsters from different socioeconomic groups who may have knowledge gaps. In Chile, 50% of young people entering higher education earned less than 500 points on the standardized test. These are the students that this country has to take responsibility for, taking charge of receiving them and providing them with a quality education," he concluded.