The OEI announced this week in Madrid a program of doctoral and mobility scholarships associated with research projects.
The Auditorium of the Complutense University of Madrid hosted this past Tuesday the presentation of the Higher Education Program of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), which was attended by the representatives of the main authorities in education superior of several Ibero-American countries.
The event made it possible to bring together, for the first time, the university systems of the region to address a plan and work schedule aimed at creating an Ibero-American Knowledge Space, whose main axes, according to the OEI, will be “academic mobility, convergence of university systems and the generation of knowledge”.
To this end, the Secretary General of the OEI, Mariano Jabonero, announced during the event the start-up, starting in 2019, of the Paulo Freire Plus Program, which is part of the Agency’s Higher Education Program for 2019-2020 and which “It will consist in the financing of pre-doctoral scholarships to those students who want to do their doctoral training in an Ibero-American university of a country different from the one of origin”.
Likewise, the scholarships will allow “to finance shared research projects among several universities in the region, so that the OEI can directly contribute to generating new knowledge”, Jabonero added.
Higher education in Latin America already has about 30 million university students and many of them are the first of their families to enter the university, said the secretary general of the OEI.
During the event, the General Secretary of Universities of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, José Manuel Pingarrón, defended “equity with excellence” as a necessary condition for the university to “fulfill its task of generation, transmission and transfer of knowledge “and praised the work of the OEI, whose education, science and culture programs will help” the Ibero-American region is truly a region of knowledge”.
For his part, the Minister of Education and Higher Education of Andorra, Eric Jover, said that “higher education should be more connected to society and respond to their demands, and for that we want to have the OEI.