INTEC incorporates into its curriculum the National Development Strategy
The information was released after a signing agreement between the institution and the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD)
Santo Domingo. The Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development (MEPyD) and the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC) signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement to incorporate the study of the National Development Strategy (NDT) into the university curriculum as a topic of the General Training Cycle.
As part of the subject Human Being and Society, all students, regardless of their career, will analyze the Strategy, which maps the country's development lines to 2030, as established by the 1-12 Law, promulgated by the January 25 of 2012.
The agreement was signed on Thursday afternoon by the Minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Temístocles Montás and the rector of INTEC, Rolando Guzmán in an act in the office of the official in the National Palace.
As a first step in the framework of the agreement, ten teachers of Social Sciences and Humanities who teach the subject Human Being and Society in INTEC will analyze the Law of Strategy with a representation of the Ministry of Economy.
In addition, a MEPyD official and other guests will participate each quarter in discussions on the subject organized by INTEC and both institutions are open to organize analysis and study spaces related to the implementation of the strategy, explains a note from the Ministry's Communications Unit of Economy.
The deputy minister of Planning, Juan Tomás Monegro, participated in the act by the Ministry of Economy; the Legal Director, Roger Abreu and the Social Welfare analyst of the Economic and Social Analysis Advisory Unit, Leopoldo Artiles. For the INTEC, María Córdoba, Director of Curriculum Development, and Professor Claudio Adams, an official of the university, participated.
In his introductory words, Montás said that the purpose is to promote and disseminate the National Development Strategy. In that sense, the official indicated that the agreement states that the INTEC will include as part of the General Training Cycle the END to impart it in a way that is part of the training of students.
"We want to congratulate INTEC for this important initiative, to recognize that it was the educational institution that became a pillar of the promotion of the National Development Strategy at the moment that we began the process of seeking consensus with the different sectors of national life , to subsequently achieve approval at the level of the National Congress, "said Montás.
The rector of INTEC, on his side, stressed that "the initiative is part of the university's effort to innovate continuously and create new ways of reflecting on issues that contribute to improving the living conditions of Dominican society, always serving as an example to other universities. "
Montás took the opportunity to invite the rest of the national universities to imitate this gesture of INTEC, so that future Dominican professionals leave the classroom with a clear awareness of the need for national development to be strategically planned.
INTEC is the first university that assumes this theme as a way to promote citizen responsibility. The Guzmán rector assured that for the university it is of great satisfaction and relevance the signing of the agreement that has the purpose of developing a set of actions of incorporation in the reflection of the END to the curriculum developed by the students.
"This action is perfectly framed in the reason and objectives of INTEC, whose statutes establish that the institution must work to contribute to improving the living conditions of Dominicans and of course a National Development Strategy is an instrument aimed at those ends, "he said.
Guzmán considered it essential that the students, as part of the process of reflecting on the country's social and economic reality, have the opportunity to critically discuss the content of the END, the purpose it pursues, the instruments it proposes, in order to grow as citizens.
He also stressed that INTEC's interest "is not only to train the best professionals in the country, but also the best citizens".
In the 2010 INTEC was the first university that held three forums for the academic community and interested in the END, when it was still a draft law.
The university incorporates the debate of current issues as part of regular training, through forums and discussion spaces such as the Permanent Seminar on Economics, Development and Environment (SPEDA), which each quarter coordinates the Business Economics degree .
The National Development Strategy 2030 proposes public policy measures in four areas: Institutionality, social development, economic competitiveness and environmental development.
In the act also participated by the Ministry of Economy, the deputy minister of Planning, Juan Tomás Monegro; the Legal Director, Roger Abreu and the Social Welfare analyst of the Economic and Social Analysis Advisory Unit, Leopoldo Artiles. For the INTEC, María Córdoba, Director of Curriculum Development, and Professor Claudio Adams, an official of the university, participated.