The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Mescyt), in coordination with the Ministry of the Presidency, the financial support of the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), launched the National Information System for Higher Education, Science and Technology (Siniescyt).
This program integrates in one platform the legalization of documents, statistics, Unique Curriculum Vitae and the Mescyt EVA-PLAN Study Plans Evaluation, with the objective of making bureaucratic processes more efficient, and offering practical solutions to the requirements of citizens, as well as contributing to the strengthening of the institutional, regulatory and functional components of the National System of Education and Technical Professional Training of the DR.
The Minister of Mescyt, Dr. Franklin García Fermín, indicated that the launching is the concrete result of the application of the Budgetary Support Program for the Strengthening of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in the DR (PROETP II), coordinated with the Vice-Ministry of Governmental Follow-up and Coordination of the Presidency.
He also indicated that thanks to the support of President Luis Abinader, the PROETP II project, various pilot plans, professional practices, diagnostics, policy development, curricular revisions and adjustments, qualifications, scholarship programs, platform optimization, have been carried out for a global amount of DR 185,978,672.00.
“Our modules are unified with the Educational Single Window recently launched by the Ministry of the Presidency through the Minerd,” he concluded.
“For the use of the platform, all the curriculum specialists of the HEIs that participated in this project have been trained, as well as the Mescyt staff and the external evaluators,” he expressed.
Meanwhile, José Ramón Holguín Brito, Vice-Minister of Government Monitoring and Coordination, stressed that the government is developing hundreds of activities, in which thousands of people participate, with the sole objective of contributing to the development of the nation.
“We are working together, through a new State that rests on efficiency and has a fundamental contribution from science and technology. Luis Abinader’s government is working to guarantee the efficiency of public institutions that have the people at their center”.
For her part, Vice Minister Carmen Evarista reiterated that important advances have been made in Dominican higher education in recent years.
“A total of 167 study plans of 4 professional families were reviewed by the universities, through pilot programs, we are working on curriculum redesign and diagnostic tests for entry to the teaching career, with the support of universities in Spain and Chile, in addition to our efforts to ensure quality,” explained the deputy minister.
In the same vein, the head of the European Union Cooperation in the DR, Melvin Asín, stressed that this organization recognizes that higher education is indispensable to ensure the employability of underprivileged young people.
“We support professional technical education, we have invested around 16 million euros in this regard and we know that this project will continue to contribute,” he said.
Institutions that are part of the program
Among the beneficiary institutions of PROETP II are the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Mescyt), the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (Minerd), the National Institute of Technical Professional Training (Infotep), the Ministry of Labor (MT) and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (Mepyd).
Also present were the deputy ministers, José Cancel, María López Polanco and Paula Disla; the Spanish ambassador to the DR, Antonio Pérez Hernández; the head of the European Union Delegation in the DR, Melvin Asín; the coordinator of PROETP II, Sara Martín; the deputy general director of Infotep, Maira Morla; Edwin Rodríguez, representing Ogtic, as well as rectors and presidents of university associations.