Thursday, December 1, 2022

University cooperation allowed 17,200 Dominicans to study in Spain

Inter-university cooperation has allowed 17,279 Dominicans to study in Spain since 2005, a collaboration that focused the debate on the matter held in Santo Domingo.

Organized by the Dominican Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCyT), the Spanish embassy in the Dominican Republic and the Spanish Ministry of Universities, the conference “Situation and perspectives of Hispanic-Dominican inter-university cooperation: the Mescyt-Dominican scholarship program Spain” allowed this week to analyze this collaboration and see the needs for the future.

With this objective, representatives of fifteen Spanish universities (including the rectors of the University of Seville, Miguel Hernández and the University of the Basque Country) and more than thirty Dominican higher education institutions met.

In the event -opened by the Dominican Minister of Higher Education, Franklin García Fermín, and the Secretary of State of Spain for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Juan Fernández Trigo- 120 former MESCyT scholarship holders who completed their master’s studies in Spain also participated.

In 2005, the Dominican ministry began to develop the International Scholarship Program, aimed at promoting lifelong learning in coordination with international cooperating organizations and the governments of friendly countries, according to a statement from the organizers.

With Spain, since that date, 212 cooperation agreements have been signed with 51 Higher Education Institutions and 17,279 Dominican students have obtained MESCyT scholarships to study at Spanish universities.

During the debates, an assessment of the program to date was made, identifying the number of benefited students, the areas of training and the Spanish educational institutions in which the MESCyT scholarship holders have completed their studies, which allowed “visibility and highlighting the importance of cooperation and inter-university mobility between both countries”, added the note.

The discussions also aimed to create a space that facilitates contact and exchange between the beneficiaries of the international scholarship program.

The MESCyT announced the creation of a digital platform with a job bank to facilitate the job search for the participants in this program.

On the other hand, the training priorities of the Dominican Republic in the coming years and the way in which Spanish educational institutions can respond to them were analyzed, as well as the challenges of the future design of the Spanish-Dominican collaboration in the field of higher education, especially the MESCyT-Spain international scholarship program.

The event -closed by the Ambassador of Spain in the Dominican Republic, Antonio Pérez-Hernández, and the Vice Minister of International Relations of the MESCyT, Paula Disla- had the support of the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). ), as well as the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), Banreservas and the Ortega-Marañón University Research Institute.

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