Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC): Rectors participate in the G9 directory and monthly meeting of the Council of Rectors

At the fortnightly board meeting of the G9 Network, the rectors recognized Claudio Elórtegui, who ends his term as rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso.

In the offices of the Universidad de Concepción in Santiago, this Wednesday, June 29, the fortnightly meeting of the directory of the Public Universities grouped in the G9 was held. In a hybrid format, the rectors of the network held a working day that focused on analyzing some contingent issues: regulated fees and higher education in the New Constitution.

In the session, the president of the G9 Network, Rector Carlos Saavedra, from the U. de Concepción , gave a recognition to the Rector Claudio Elórtegui who ends his third term as the highest authority of the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso .

“This session marks the period of participation of the rector Claudio Elórtegui in the G9 Network . As president of the group, it fell to me to thank him for his contribution to the formation and life of the G9. Rector Elórtegui was part of the network for an extensive period and stood out for his relevant contribution to the work of the group, to structuring the operation of G9, contributing his vision from a regional Catholic university. A noteworthy achievement of his management is obtaining accreditation for seven years from the PUCV. We are going to miss him especially with his direct, precise opinions and always in defense of the work of our institutions”, said Rector Saavedra.

“A noteworthy achievement of his management is obtaining accreditation for seven years from the PUCV. We will miss him above all with his direct, precise opinions and always in defense of the work of our institutions” – Carlos Saavedra, president Red G9

The rector Claudio Elórtegui ends his administration on July 26 of this year. “It is difficult to try to summarize a prolonged administration of three periods, a total of 12 years, at times that have been complex for the country and for the world, with the pandemic. In general, I am satisfied with the work carried out, which is obviously not the work of one person but of work teams and a university community, in this case the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, which has allowed important achievements during these years, but that are based on what was done in previous periods. Thank the entire G9 team for their high-quality work and thank the group that has come together and has great strength, which is relevant for these times that we face in higher education in Chile”,

On Thursday, June 30, at the University of Santiago , the rectors attended the monthly meeting of the Council of Rectors (CRUCh) , which included the participation of the Undersecretary of Higher Education, Verónica Figueroa, and the president of the National Accreditation Commission. (CNA), Andres Bernasconi.

“In general, I am satisfied with the work carried out, which is obviously not the work of one person but of work teams and a university community, in this case the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, which has allowed important achievements during these years. , but that are based on what has been done in previous periods” – Claudio Elórtegui, PUCV rector

Rector Carlos Saavedra pointed out that the CNA team presented several issues, “but without a doubt the most important for universities and students is the delay in the accreditation process of a significant number of postgraduate programs, doctorates and master’s degrees, for part of the Accreditation Commission. These programs were submitted to the CNA in a timely manner but could lose accreditation as the processes are not moving forward. And, therefore, students will not be able to apply for scholarships from the National Research and Development Agency (ANID) and other equivalent ones. It is urgent to address this point in a joint effort of the CRUCh, ANID, CNA and the Undersecretary of Higher Education, and it was precisely what was agreed on this occasion, in such a way that a decision is adopted as soon as possible and implemented as soon as possible”, emphasized the G9 president.

Regarding the participation of the Undersecretary of Higher Education, Rector Saavedra commented that the authority raised the advancement of the proposed bill that postpones the regulated fees until 2023 and therefore its effect in 2024. “The Undersecretary indicated that a protocol of agreement had been signed with the Education Commission of the Senate that includes the main points raised by CRUCh and that, in particular, it fell to me to present it at the commission’s meeting. What I requested, in personal terms, is that we be able, around this proposed agreement that was signed, to establish a schedule equivalent to that for the postponement of the regulated tariffs to mitigate the effects of the transitory articles,

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