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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Quality and relevance of tertiary education in Colombia

This chapter examines the quality and relevance of tertiary education provision and offers an analysis of labour market demand for graduates in Colombia.

The chapter closes with a summary of main findings and recommendations, including the need to (i) improve the quality of many programmes at technical and technological institutions and CERES; (ii) continue to upgrade the qualifications of academic staff and to promote a strong academic culture in all institutions; (iii focus on programmes that develop the competencies required by employers; and (iv) prioritise the implementation of a nationally-recognised framework of qualifications.

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