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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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Research and innovation in Colombia

This chapter considers the range and development of research and innovation in Colombia.

The chapter closes with the review team’s recommendations, including (i) significantly increasing scientific and technological investment; (ii) linking up and encouraging collaboration between researchers in betterestablished and smaller research centres; (iii) COLCIENCIAS to stimulate and support centres of excellence and networking and co-operative projects; (iv) natural sciences, social sciences and humanities all deserve research support.

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