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Caldas University in La Dorada: 400 students attend; Target: 1,000, says VC

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Students of the U. de Caldas will have a knowledge route at the Caldas Innovation Center in Guarinocito. It is a service co-financed 40% by the mayor’s office, 40% by the university and 20% by the student. They will be buses from U.

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400 enrolled initial studies at the headquarters of the University of Caldas in the Innovation Center located in Guarinocito (La Dorada). The goal is to reach 1,000 as new programs open.

There Fabio Alonso Mesa took over as vice-rector of the university in that new headquarters. The event was attended by the rector, Fabio Hernando Arias, and the educational and municipal authorities of Eastern Caldas.

The academic calendar begins with 13 events among professionals and technocrats.

Mesa is a social communicator with an emphasis in education from the Pontificia University Javeriana, he has been a university professor and director of various social development programs with non-governmental organizations in Bogotá.

Get started and make plans

During an interview on LA PATRIA Radio’s El Informativo del Mediodía the patriarch spoke of his projection in the position:

– You. What are your challenges as Vice-Rector of the Caldas, Magdalena Centro Campus?

Let us make the most of this space for innovation and higher education to give a boost to this sector. It seems important to me that we provide opportunities for all families and educational communities, alongside private business, community social and environmental initiatives.

– Will the students be able to avail any subsidy?

We signed an agreement with the Mayor’s Office of La Dorada together with the Governor’s Office of La Dorada to locate two circular knowledge routes between La Dorada and Guarinocito. Many students who live in La Dorada, Norcacia or Puerto Salgar can take advantage of this circular route, it brings them to the headquarters and returns them at the scheduled time. In addition, there is a gasoline subsidy for students traveling by motorcycle.

, What about the football field?

We have another agreement with the Mayor’s Office of La Dorada for the improvement of an area that belongs to the community. The aim is to manage it so that it can be used by the residents of Guarinocito and the students of the university.

– Will there be university housing?

Together with the municipalities of Samana, Marquetalia, Norcassia, Pennsylvania, Marulanda and Victoria, we are going to launch a project to give something much here, where each of these municipalities will be built a house. The idea is that they serve as a university residence for young people who want to have their training process here.

– What is your strategy for maintaining the quality of U. de Caldas in the Manizales campus?

It is in the interest of our Rector, Fabio Hernando Arias, that this academic quality is not only maintained but strengthened and improved through qualified teachers. These professors will be selected by our Academic Vice-Rectorate and will be able to reinforce that selection. This is a priority for us.

by time

– How many students did you start with?

We are starting with around 400 students, we don’t have exact numbers yet. Not everyone will have classes at the same time, their schedules vary in the mornings, afternoons and evenings, or on weekends. Once the new programs start and the infrastructure is estimated, we want to expand to 600 or even a thousand students.

– Will they have virtual races?

All races will be head-to-head. However, later on, the university plans to expand the possibilities of virtual programmes.

– What else can the Caldas Innovation Center be used for?

Strengthening this innovation is a priority for us, as it is what allows us to connect academia with reality. Here we have this active space, rooms for creativity, innovation with the Chamber of Commerce. Similarly, we have a very valuable project with Czech on renewable energy. We want to leverage this space in a multipurpose manner by bringing together innovation, research, entrepreneurship and educational initiatives.


* The University of Caldas in La Dorada, its vice-rector, Fabio Alonso Mesa, says that higher education has a very broad offer that includes techniques, technologies and professionals.

* There are currently students who come in continuation because they were already studying at Ceres La Dorada in professions such as Financial Administration, Computer Engineering, Agricultural Engineering and Social Work.

* In technologies we have the regency of pharmacy, electronics, computer systems and social security procedures for work.

*”These careers are very diverse as per the profile required in the sector and other programs will be opened gradually as per the needs*”.

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