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Congress is invoked by 18 private and public universities to reconsider the approved rule against Sunedu

A group of 18 private and public universities spoke out against the bill recently approved -in the first instance- by the Congress of the republic that proposes the change in the composition of the members of the board of directors of the National Superintendence of Higher University Education (Sunedu) and that threatens university reform.

Through a statement, the universities considered that this decision of the Congress weakens the role of Sunedu, affects its independence, contravenes its impartiality and, due to the new composition that is proposed, it puts at risk the suitability of its Direct Council.

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“If there is a second vote in the same direction, an obvious setback in the ongoing university reform would be consummated. Thanks to Sunedu and its regulatory work, the university system has been ordered, informality, illegality and the waste of resources, prevailing while the National Assembly of Rectors (ANR) existed, have been stopped.. Our country cannot abandon this path. Our students must receive quality training”, it reads.

In addition, they recalled that currently everything possible is being done so that Peru is admitted to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Along these lines, they warned that, if the aggressive measures of Congress are approved in the second vote, the law would go against the recommendations of the OECD regarding the impartiality of the institutions in charge of regulating services.

“For all these reasons, the rectors of public and private, non-profit universities, We call on the plenary session of Congress to reconsider the first vote and order that the Education Commission promote a broad and technical reflection on any legislative initiative in the field of higher education”, precise.

Among the signatories of the pronouncement are the rectors of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), Andean University of Cusco (UAC), Antonio Ruiz de Montoya University (UARM), Catholic University of Santa María (UCSM), Catholic University of Trujillo ( UCT), Universidad Católica San Pablo (UCSP), Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo (USAT) and Universidad Católica Sedes Sapientiae (UCSS).

Other signatories are the rectors of the Universidad de Lima, Universidad del Pacífico, Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón (UNIFE), Universidad La Salle Arequipa, Universidad Nacional de Huancavelica, Universidad Nacional San Agustín (UNSA), Universidad Nacional Jorge Basadre Grohmann, Toribio Rodríguez de Mendoza National University, Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University (UPCH) and Tacna Private University (UPT).

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