Senior representatives of the Federation of University Students (FEU) and ministers of Higher Education and Public Health discussed transformations underway to university education, as well as pending initiatives, in a meeting of the organization’s National Council, held August 28.
José Ramón Saborido, minister of Higher Education, highlighted the positive impact of eliminating the university entrance exam for distance learning and part-time students, who are now required to take Spanish, history and mathematics courses during their first year of study. In this regard, he noted that enrolment for these study programs has doubled as compared to last year, with an additional increase in places on pedagogical courses.
He also commented on updates to the postgraduate study plan, reducing the course duration by 20% without compromising quality.
Saborido went on to note that as part of the sector’s policy perfection process, the bibliography for courses which will feature English as a compulsory subject should be completed by the end of the year. In regards to institution connectivity, he stated that despite several unresolved technical problems, more higher education facilities now offer broad-band internet access.
Meanwhile, Roberto Morales Ojeda, a member of the Party Political Bureau and Public Health Minister, recalled the sector’s key objectives over recent years, and efforts undertaken by medical sciences universities in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Among priority aims he noted continuing to improve health indicators among the population, raise the quality of care and teaching services, and make the national health system more efficient.
During the meeting, FEU senior representatives highlighted issues such as work experience, internship opportunities and job placements on graduating.
Presiding over the meeting were Olga Lidia Tapia, a member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, Jennifer Bello, president of the FEU and a member of the Council of State and Susely Morfa, UJC National Committee first secretary, among others.