ACADEMICS LEARNED THE DETAILS ABOUT THE NEW MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

THE NATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD AND ADVISOR TO THE PRESIDENCY, MARIO HAMUY, STATED THAT WHEN INTEGRATING THESE NEW CONCEPTS TO THE DEVELOPMENT MODEL, THE FACE OF THE COUNTRY WILL CHANGE.



September 8, 2017

The possibility of establishing a development strategy for the country on the basis of science, technology and innovation, brings with it the new ministry of this area whose bill is being discussed at Parliament together with other initiatives that will benefit higher education.

The project of the Ministry of Science and Technology was the subject of a meeting our university academics held with the National Science Award, scientific advisor to the Presidency of the Republic and President of CONICYT, Mario Hamuy, at the Bicentenary auditorium.

In his opinion, there is a transversal support in Parliament for this initiative, given that there is a belief that the country needs to take a leap into the scientific and technological institutions, so as to overcome the fragmentation of the current system in which there are several agencies without instances of coordination. Hamuy said that a ministry will also open up the possibility of "having a route of development on the basis of scientific, technological and innovation approaches and I think that we can change the face of this country when we integrate these concepts into our model of development".

The presidential adviser said he was optimistic with regard to the approval of the project during the current mandate. On the legislative process, he said that after its discussion in the Challenges of the Future Commission of the Senate, it is expected that it will soon be voted on floor of the Senate to return to the Commission in order to address the four indications that are missing. In his view, it is likely that in October it will enter the Chamber of Representatives.

On the subject of the project, he explained that, from a territorial point of view, there will be macro zones "with shared vocations and potential ", and he added that the new institution will favor the decision-making process to generate incentives to encourage companies to increase their contribution in these areas.

Aspiration

For President Alvaro Rojas, the project is crucial and joins others that have an effect on higher education: the state universitie’s ,the higher education one that is in the Senate and the law on voluntary retirement, which are added to the public education. He said that the new ministry "is a long-standing aspiration that allows science and technology the position they deserve in a perspective of social and economic development of the country" and added that it will be able to deploy autonomous policies that encourage the development in these areas not only in Santiago. In this regard, he emphasized the need to decentralize resources and indicated that the scientific interest is in regions. "I wish this law considers an issue that has been forgotten in the management of science in Chile, that is, its great centralism," he said.

Rojas said that "we are very optimistic with respect to the initiative of President Bachelet, and Mario Hamuy has all the skills and national influence to get a very good ministry".

On the other hand, he stated that from the point of view of the complexity that is built in the UTALCA requires greater support to move in this direction "and I think that the ministry can be an instance where we have more facilities to accomplish this great objective".

In the same context, the Academic Vice President, Gilda Carrasco, considered it key the contribution that can come from the new ministry to the corporation, as a complex university. "The idea is that this ministry brings not only funds for the administration, but actually to do more research and not only in Santiago, she stressed.



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