UNIVERSITY TO STRENGTHEN ITS MANAGEMENT, TEACHING AND LINKING
WITHIN THE AGREEMENT FRAMEWORK WITH THE MINEDUC WORK WILL BE DONE NETWORKING WITH THE CUECH CORPORATIONS. A MULTI-YEAR PLAN LINKED TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN OF OUR INSTITUTION WILL ALSO BE CREATED.
March 14, 2016
Areas such as institutional management, teaching and links with the environment will be strengthened in our Academic Institution, thanks to the resources granted by the State Department of Education (Mineduc) through a Framework Agreement.
It consists of a line of institutional financing through which the Mineduc grants baseline contributions to the corporations that make up the Consortium of State Universities of Chile (CUECH).
Last year, the UTALCA received an amount for free spending (something that is also known as a historical element), and later developed a “Plan of institutional strengthening”. It includes six objectives related to strategic planning, modernization of some administrative processes, improving teaching and also strengthening areas such as the advanced human capital and the system of assurance of institutional quality, among others.
Precisely the area of postgraduate studies is one of the areas to be benefited with these funds, through the strengthening of advanced human capital and the capabilities of knowledge management. The purpose is to enhance the research and PhD programs to move towards the complexity of our Academic Institution.
Academic Vice President, Gilda Carrasco, stressed this by pointing out that, together with the framework agreement, initiatives such as the Performance Agreements of our institution have allowed to strongly support the area of postgraduate studies. In this sense, she highlighted the creation of new academic programs such as the Interdisciplinary PhD in Human Sciences or the Master's degree in Orchestral Conduction startiong this year, which emerged as part of the Performance Agreement in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
Some of the milestones associated with this agreement are: the project of implementation of a System of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), which will modernize the administrative and academic management of the University; the teaching laboratory and controlled clinical internship of Speech and Language disorders; the design, construction and implementation of the FabLab laboratory in the School of Engineering (along the Mechatronics building); and the implementation of the second cycle of application of the Malcolm Baldrige Model, among others.
These last milestones relating to infrastructure have to do with the need to create learning environments relevant to the institutional educational model to improve the development of practical skills in students.
The last of the objectives set by the institution in its Strengthening Plan, is “to develop the multi-year framework agreement, consistent with the corporate strategy, with the aim of achieving the institutional complexity through the strengthening of the undergraduate–postgraduate training, scientific research, innovation and technological transfer and linkage with the environment.”
In this regard, the director of Planning and Institutional Analysis, Juan José Troncoso, said that the agreement has a direct relationship with one of the processes that the Corporation faces.
“This multi-year agreement arrives at a very appropriate time: when we are developing the2020 Strategic Plan. And the lines set by the Mineduc agree absolutely with this,” he said.
Agreement in Network
A key element of this initiative is the so-called Network Framework Agreement, which brings together all the state universities with the goal of improving their performance.
This agreement was signed at the beginning of the year and aims to eliminate competition between the campuses, to give way to the cooperation between the institutions. The purpose —as explained by the Director of Planning— is that the universities share good practices and receive the knowledge they need from the other academic institutions. All this has the purpose of getting the same quality in a state university as that of other corporations of the same type, independent of the region.
“The Network Framework Agreement is an excellent opportunity for the state universities to work together for a quality education, which will provide young people and their families the certainty that they are being trained under standards of academic excellence. And in institutions that deal with the linkage with the environment, social responsibility, student mobility and the internal processes of quality management”, explained the Prorector of our Corporation, Pablo Villalobos.
Some of the measures that will be taken to meet the objectives of the network will be conducting seminars in terms of good practices, linking with the environment, strategic planning, and teaching. There will also be activities of cultural extension, for which our Institution has the Youth Symphony Orchestra as a reference.