“An increase in enrollment would be detrimental”: the Minister of Education Alejandro Gaviria spoke of education and its relationship with the economy

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In the midst of the reduction in tuition prices of some private universities in the country, Alejandro Gaviria argued the reasons why it was necessary to reevaluate costs

“An increase in enrollment would be detrimental”: Education Minister Alejandro Gaviria spoke of education and its relationship with the economy

Alejandro Gaviria

This week, the Universidad de los Andes and the Universidad Javeriana announced that they would lower the cost of their tuition as they managed to negotiate with the Ministry of Education, Alejandro Gaviria. It is noteworthy that both educational institutions complied with the calls made by that government portfolio, those in which it was ensured that it was necessary for the costs to be consistent with the CPI (Consumer Price Index) that was registered last October . In a talk with Infobae, Gaviria explained what is behind these decisions within higher education in Colombia.

“The decrease in enrollment, especially in universities It has to do with different factors. The first are demographic. The population with the ability to pay has decreased substantially. Second, with the increase in enrollment in real terms. In recent years, the value of tuition at elite universities, in particular, has doubled, which of course lowers the demand. The third thing, the pandemic”, he began by saying in his talk with this portal.

According to what he argued, the demand has been changing because, according to him, there is an impatience in the young. He stressed that a part of the population of university age wants another type of education, within the modifications that this part of the community may require, he explained, are shorter study programs. for example. “Technological education has regained an importance that it did not have in the debate ten years ago,” he pointed out.

“I believe that in the mixed education system. I believe in the role that private universities play in higher education. There is an economic situation characterized by inflation, high interest rates and a slowdown in the economy. I told the universities: 'we have to be aware that we are not only inheriting some fall problems, but also a very difficult situation'. It is in this context in which an increase in enrollment would be detrimental”, he stated.

It is noteworthy that it was on November 18 when the Minister of Education, Alejandro Gaviria, met with the Colombian Association of Universities (Ascun). In that meeting he asked them that prices could not exceed the CPI registered until October 31.

“An increase in enrollment would be detrimental”: Education Minister Alejandro Gaviria spoke of education and its relationship with the economy

Initially, the increase in enrollment for the year 2023 amounted to 13%. It is thus, then, that the value of the increase, in Colombian pesos, went from 2.5 million and will now be 2.3 million

The announcements of the tuition costs at the Universidad de los Andes and the University Javeriana were made through their respective social networks. The rector of the Andes, Raquel Bernal, for example, highlighted: “In response to the situation in the country, the needs of our community and the suggestions of the Government, and aware of the joint effort that will be required, the Universidad de los Andes has made the decision to adjust the increase in enrollment in accordance with the CPI : this is 12.2%.”

“The decision made by the Steering Committee and the Rectory team will be effective as of November 23. Those who have already paid may request a refund of the corresponding balance or may also donate it to the financial support program Quiero Estudiar. With this effort, we intend to continue consolidating our institutional purposes, reflected in academic excellence, the quality of our professors and facilities with optimal conditions, not only for research, but also for caring for the well-being of our community”, the statement added. released to public opinion.

Initially, the increase in enrollment for the year 2023 amounted to 13%. It is thus, then, that the value of the increase, in Colombian pesos, went from 2.5 million and will now be 2.3 million.

The rector from the Javeriana University, Father Jorge Humberto Peláez, for his part, commented: “After reassessing different implications in the country's economic situation, which affects society in general and our community, and taking into account the economic analysis of the Ministry of Education, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (for its two campuses) decided to define the increase in enrollment in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), that is, 12.2 percent”.< /b>