The Council of Higher Education, Science and Technology (CONESCyT) approved the Five-Year Evaluation of 8 universities and 9 institutes of higher education which were monitored by a technical team of the official body in compliance with the provisions of Law 139-01 which oversees the university system.
During a session held in the council hall of the Catholic University of Santo Domingo (UCSD), the president of CONESCyT in his capacity as Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Franklin García Fermín, highlighted the work carried out by the educational technicians in the supervision of the universities, in order to adapt the university careers to the demand of the labor market.
For their part, the higher education institutions (HEI) that make up groups II and III carried out their self-evaluation process simultaneously in August 2021 until October 2022 and began the External Evaluation also in October. The same concluded in December of that year.
The report on the final result of the Five-Year Evaluation recommended the approval this Monday, November 20, 2023, of 17 institutions of Higher Education corresponding to group II and III, cycle 2019-2025 (Self-Evaluation and External Evaluation Phase). Currently, 12 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) are still pending approval, out of a total of 49 that were undergoing the Five-Year Evaluation process.
Among the academic centers that have been approved for the five-year evaluation are INCE University, Dominican American University (UNICDA), National Evangelical University (UNEV), APEC University (UNAPEC), Dominican Adventist University (UNAD), Catholic University of the East (UCADE), University of the Caribbean (UNICARIBE) and Ibero-American University (UNIBE).
Among the higher technical institutes approved are: the Instituto de Educación Superior en Formación Diplomática y Consular Doctor Eduardo Latorre Rodríguez (INESDYC); the Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Humanidades, Ciencias Sociales y Filosofía Pedro Francisco Bonó (ISPFB); the Instituto Técnico de Estudios Superiores en Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (ITESMARENA).
Also, the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales (IGLOBAL), the Instituto Superior de Estudios Educativos Pedro Poveda (ISESP), the Academia Superior de Ciencias Aeronáuticas, (ASCA), the Instituto Especializado de Investigación y Formación en Ciencias Jurídicas (IOMG), the Instituto de Educación Superior Escuela Nacional del Ministerio Público (IES-ENMP) and the Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura (ENJ).
MESCYT’s Vice Minister of Evaluation and Accreditation, Juan Francisco Viloria Santos, said that the evaluations were carried out within a scientific rigor attached to the norms that govern the university system of the Dominican Republic.
He underlined that before the evaluations represented a concern for the university centers, but now it is the academic institutions that seek to be evaluated by the authorities.
Present at the CONESCyT meeting were the deputy ministers José Cancel, Carmen Evarista Matías, Juan Francisco Viloria, Genaro Rodríguez and the chief of staff, Juan Medina.
In addition, the president of the Dominican Association of Universities (ADOU), José Alejandro Aybar; the rector of the University (APEC), Franklin Holguín Haché; the representative of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic (ACRD), Radhamés Mejía; the rector of the National University for Defense (UNADE), Brigadier General Francisco Ovalle Pichardo, ERD; representatives of the National Council of Private Enterprise (CONEP), among other personalities of the higher academic world.