Reviews of National Policies for Education: Tertiary Education in Colombia 2012

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In Colombia, the beginning of a new century has brought with it a palpable feeling of optimism. Colombians and visitors sense that the country’s considerable potential can be realised, and education is rightly seen as crucial to this process. As opportunities expand, Colombians will need new and better skills to respond to new challenges and prospects.

The government is therefore determined to address key challenges confronting tertiary education in the country: expanding enrolment and improving equity, increasing quality and relevance, and making governance and finance more responsive. Colombia has more than a decade of progress under its belt, and the energy to reach ambitious policy goals. Getting there in practice will involve dialogue and consensus-seeking among all stakeholders, as well as new resources and new rules.

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Internationalisation of the Colombian tertiary education system

This chapter documents the growing importance of internationalisation for governments and tertiary institutions around the world, and analyses the international dimension of tertiary education in Colombia.

The chapter closes with the review team’s recommendations, including (i) introduction of a comprehensive approach to internationalisation in Colombia;(ii) including the international dimension of tertiary education in national policy discussions; (iii) encouraging institutions to introduce international elements into curricula; (iv) encouraging more students to acquire competency in a second language; and (iv) efforts to increase levels of student and academic mobility, improve internationalisation information on SNIES and co-ordinate support for scholarship programmes for graduate studies abroad.

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