The Central University of Venezuela is preparing to hold elections next week, specifically the 26th of this month, to elect rectory officers for the term 2023-2027.
In this sense, the candidate for rector Miguel Alfonso, together with his running mates, revealed his plan to develop in the event of winning those elections.
The candidate assured that one of his priorities in the election proposal proposed by him is “building communication bridges, restoring relations with the state and government, which have been broken over the years, unfortunately with university institutions. It has been a bridge of confrontation. It has created serious consequences for the dynamics of the university. Therefore, it will be necessary to reshape those relations with the government, with the state”, he explained.
According to the candidate, this will help UCV overcome the current crisis and at the same time seek improvement in three fundamental areas namely research, extension and teaching.
Regarding this last aspect, during an interview conducted by the Multimedia Radio Television of the Office of the Academic Vice President, Alfonso recognized some weaknesses.
Resources with transparency
For his part, his running mate, candidate for Administrative Vice Chancellor, Eleazar Mujica, assured that in the project: “We propose to make a great crusade to know in a clean way the balance of income of the UCV and its assets .. It is not a policy of harassment with those who have so far managed the resources of UCV, we will do this work with workers, professors, students and members of the university community of UCV”, and made it clear that They have to resort to bridges to handle administrative work in case they win the elections.
On this subject, his colleague Alfonso assured that: “We have to establish transparent administrative mechanisms because the budget, I’m going to relate it, the budget law and our own income. And the first thing you have to review them , none of us know the full details of our own income, nor does anyone from the university community know, but only the people who manage those resources. I won’t name the foundations, but we know them. Here There is a lot of money. If that income is better redistributed, if it is clarified how much is coming, how much we are earning from these services provided by the university, we can spend it according to the needs, according to the earnings. redistribute, will it meet all the needs? No, because that is also part of the reality, but it will help,” Alfonzo said.
Meanwhile, the candidate for academic vice-rector Lermit Rosell, considers in his action plan “integrity” the most fundamental aspect of the production of knowledge, where education is quality and comprehensive: “This is our answer, we plan to take Underpin the expansion of the University in a way that is supported by an interactive relationship with communities, of mutual learning, where we can establish a teaching and research activity”.
Referring to the issue of curriculum, he highlighted “it is important for the university”. We want to keep our reality as a permanent orbit, together in theory and practice.
In this sense, the leader of the formula, Alfonzo, explained that the proposal also considers establishing a career at the university with an intermediate degree that allows the student a quick incorporation into the labor market.
“20 years to change the syllabus. It is absurd but this university has to change those syllabus at academic level, you have to get degree in short term. Due to this economic condition many students cannot be trained in 5 or 6 years. Other universities in Venezuela have created these short titles, which allow the student to use these tools, their knowledge to earn an income in the labor market, and later, if they want to Want them to be able to continue graduate or post graduate degree. It should be made in central university. It is time. It cannot be that almost all breeds are tall.”
Likewise, he indicated that “research at the university, its product, must go directly to the benefit of Venezuelan society and by extension, through the communities, we are not the owners of the knowledge, nor of the knowledge, the communities. With us we can all grow ”
For her part, Alicia Cáceres, the candidate for the secretary of the UCV of this thread, affirmed that “student enrollment in the UCV has decreased by 52%, we must guarantee the study to our boys, we must resume the connection with the government. It cannot be a university with an idea”, he stressed, highlighting the need to strengthen transport, food, health and scholarship services for students, which have fallen short.
From investigation. As a researcher, the aspiring rector spoke in favor of establishing strategies to strengthen research within the aforementioned house of study. “I have been an active researcher for many years, and this must be the impetus for us to pursue further. A subject of investigation implies three things. Resources, ideas and knowledge. Those three have to be combined. If all three If any one fails then check is not given.So we have to encourage these three elements here in the university.
He urged the workers. Finally, Alfonso urged UCV activists to exercise their right to vote.
“Dear colleagues, students, graduates, fellow workers and workers, we are part of the Central University, which Simón Bolívar affirmed, the one that has been in the social struggles of this country, that has responded in contemporary history to the serious problems of the country For I invite you to vote, to decide.”
Fee to choose
In this electoral process to be held on May 26, in which activists and activists will vote for the first time, the UCV community will be able to choose:
A Rector, an Academic Vice-Rector, an Administrative Vice-Rector and a Secretary of the University for the period 2023-2027.
Eleven Deans (one for each faculty), eleven members of the Council of Appeal (one for each faculty) and five faculty representatives before the University Council for the period 2023-2026.
In addition, 77 faculty representatives will be elected before the Faculty Council (seven per faculty) and 185 before the School Council (five per school, at the rate of 37 schools) for the period 2023-2025.