Study reveals that most of the ministers in Colombia have been graduates of the Javeriana University
It was also concluded that 60% of portfolio managers were born in Bogotá. Only 59 women have come to occupy a chair in the cabinets
Study reveals that the majority of ministers since the creation of the 1991 Constitution studied at that educational center. Photo: file.
The School of Government of the Universidad de los Andes was given the task of studying the profile of the ministers of Colombia from the creation of the Constitution of 1991 to the government of Iván Duque. In total, six presidents and 236 people have passed at the head of a ministry.
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Sex, place of birth, undergraduate and graduate studies, and professional life were the characteristics on which the study focused. In this way, it was concluded that the most common profile of a minister is a 49-year-old man from Bogotá and a graduate of the Universidad Javeriana.
There have only been 59 female ministers, although female representation has improved in recent years; For example, Iván Duque had a joint cabinet. But, there are portfolios where inequality is latent, such as the Ministry of Finance, which has never had a woman at its head.
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The investigation also concluded that 60% of ministries have been occupied by people born in just five cities in the country , being Bogotá the one that has had the most representation, with 63 ministers.
The Colombian capital is followed by Antioquia, with 26 portfolio managers; Valle del Cauca, with 25, and Atlántico, with 22. Santander and Cauca have had 10; Bolivar, 9; Cauca, 6; Boyacá, Magdalena and Risaralda, 5. There have also been six ministers born outside the country.
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Regarding the education of the ministers, only 32 studied something other than Law, Economics, some engineering, Administration or Medicine. In addition, 70% studied at universities in Bogotá. 50 of the portfolio managers left the Javeriana University; 43, from the University of the Andes; 15, from the Externado University; 15, from the University of Rosario; 14, of the National University.
The government of Ernesto Samper was the most diverse in this regard, according to the study, since 10% of his cabinet he did not study at any of these institutions.
The average age of the ministers is 49.02 years; 206 came to occupy the cabinet at this age. In total, 87.9% had previous experience in the public sector and 77.5% in the private sector. Only 31.02% had been elected to a popularly elected position before reaching the ministry.
95% of women came with experience in public office and 80.8% with experience in the private sector. Likewise, only 18.88% of female ministers had previously held a popularly elected position.
Gustavo Petro's cabinet
The current president of Colombia began his government with a joint cabinet: nine ministers and nine women ministers. However, Francia Márquez was appointed Minister of Equality and Equity, with which women came to occupy the majority of ministries.
Bogotá is the hometown of most of Petro's ministers, 50% of his cabinet was born there. Two were born in Antioquia; two in Valle del Cauca; two in Santander; and the rest in Sucre, Cauca, Caldas and Boyacá. Minister Alejandro Gaviria was born in Chile.
Three of his ministers studied at the Universidad de los Andes; two at the University of Antioquia; one at Javeriana, one at the Universidad del Rosario, one at the Externado, one at the Universidad Libre, one at the Universidad de América. They also studied at the Pontificia Bolivariana, the Pereira Technological University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of San Diego, among others.
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