Inclusion and excellence in postconflict colombian higher education: views from the leadership


After the presentations of the rectors and taking into account the strategic role of higher education as a factor of inclusion and social transformation in all regions of the country in order to ensure the foundation of a lasting peace, we can conclude the following: • The higher education sector is called on to play a crucial role in the path toward turning Colombia into a post-conflict society, together with Colombian government authorities. • As higher education institute leaders throughout Colombia, deans are in a unique position to provide insights on this issue, and to support vigorous action for the promotion of social justice to reduce violence and help in building lasting peace. • The rectors have the enormous responsibility to actively shape the future of Colombian higher education. • The four universities present, together with the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, who are authors of the panel, given their size and territory coverage, account for 25% of Colombian higher education; hence, their opinions and actions are essential for building a new peaceful Colombia in order not to have 100 years of solitude again and provide new generations with a second opportunity on earth. • There are many challenges and barriers to promoting inclusion and quality in education, which are related to closing gaps between regions and promoting equity in resource distribution and social inclusion; changing the way in which we conceive work with communities; and incorporating new awareness associated with the recognition of diversity as a need to construct more fair and equitable societies. • Collaborative work models, such as some of the experiences described today, which are worth understanding and developing further. • We would like to invite the audience to join these universities in their efforts to keep on exchanging knowledge and identifying new ways of making progress on collaborative work toward development.


Palabras clave

Equality in education, Education, Aims and objectives, Inclusive education, Social integration, Educational policy, Education higher, Social aspects