New Chile Chief of Higher Education Division Starts Work
Alberto Vásquez Tapia, former rector of Universidad Católica de Temuco, will be in charge of running the Chile Ministry of Education’s higher education department.
SANTIAGO — Alberto Vásquez has a long career in the academic field. He worked as director of Campus Oriente Plan of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and in the office of the president from 2012 to 2013. During this period, he advised the Ministry of Education on several occasions. From 1999 to 2007, he was the vice-rector of Universidad Alberto Hurtado and from 2008 to 2012 he was the rector of Universidad Católica de Temuco.
Vásquez holds a sociology degree from Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master in Management Science from IAG, the business school of Universidad Católica de Río de Janeiro.
He has worked as head teacher at undergraduate, doctorate and masters levels at Universidad de Chile, Universidad Católica de Córdova (Argentina), Universidad de Santa Fe (Argentina), Universidad Católica de Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Universidad Alberto Hurtado.
Some of his new include membership of the National Accreditation Commission (CNA), to represent Mineduc in the Ingresa Commission and to be in charge of the budget implementation for the division.
Minister Carolina Schmidt said, “I have trusted Alberto Vásquez with the development of a project establishing the Undersecretary of Higher Education for Chile that along with Superintendence of Higher Education and Accreditation at the Congress aim to strengthen the institutions that higher education needs today in Chile. Thus, we take responsibility for the great needs to better regulate our system while we keep moving on to have a fairer financial system for the young and the families in our country.”
Schmidt also said that an important task of the new chief of the division is to promote the information channels for students and education institutions, so the new scholarship and loan policies can be fully available. She said that no deserving student should be left out of higher education due to lack of money.
“I have asked Alberto to have more transparency in the system, giving more and better information about the study programs, their work field and the different quality indicators as well as the financial statements of higher education institutions so any information is given to society with openness,” said Schmidt.
Vásquez appreciated his appointment: “I have accepted with so much pleasure the missions and the orders announced by the minister basically because I fully agree with the government agenda concerning the higher education.” He also said, “all Chilean university presidents agree that it is urgently necessary to provide the country with an institution responding to the higher education growth in the country.”