Rector of INTEC speaks on mobility and academic internationalization in Spain
Julio Sánchez Maríñez was a speaker at one of the round tables prior to the Third World Conference on Higher Education of UNESCO
Santo Domingo. -The rector of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Julio Sánchez Maríñez, spoke at one of the Round Tables prior to the Third World Conference on Higher Education 2022, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
During his participation in the round table “Covid-19 post-pandemic diagnosis of Higher Education and Science in Ibero-America” Organized by the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) in Madrid, Spain, the rector of INTEC stated that intentionality seeks the best way for transformation to be achieved, and for that, three levels of transformation must be considered: social, institutional and of the actors.
Sánchez Maríñez explained that internationalization in higher education must permeate all the work of the institution, be it training, research, management or connection with the environment. “Internationalization, with a perspective situated in the context of an institution at a higher level, a nation or a region. A dynamic process that requires the commitment of all the actors and an institutional environment conducive to showing quality results”.
In addition, when presenting the dissertation "Towards an internationalization that transforms: the role of academic mobility", he called on HEIs to manage an intentional and transformative internationalization. “Consolidate internationalization with a transforming sense and intentionality, part of overcoming the sum of isolated cooperation actions to articulate a systemic process of diagnosis, planning, management and evaluation for continuous improvement, keeping coherence with the principles and values that give identity to the institution".
During the event that brought together educators, authorities and officials from the education system from various countries in the region, Sánchez Maríñez stressed that HEIs must integrate internationalization into institutional strategic planning in order to later translate aspirations into policies and action plans that facilitate the allocation of financial resources in the annual budget.
Addressing the issue of how to ensure the quality of internationalization, the Rector of INTEVC argued that the evaluation and accreditation agencies, when providing quality guarantees, must integrate criteria and indicators that allow the results of this dimension to be assessed intentionally and with a perspective transformation of the subjects and institutions of higher education.
Upon leaving the event, Sánchez Maríñez joined the Third World Conference on Higher Education, held in Madrid, and convened by UNESCO with the aim of reformulating the ideas and practices of the sector and promoting the sustainable development of the planet and humanity.
The rector of INTEC urged that mobility be focused on that which is carried out in the short term, since it offers the possibility of being programmable and evaluable as a curricular component or of the development of teachers, researchers or administrative staff, and has the option of face-to-face, virtual, or both modalities.
“Short-term mobility is expected to be a transformative component for people and the institution, intentionally designed to have transformative effects, with support and follow-up actions before, during and after the mobility activity,” he said.
For Sánchez Maríñez, consolidating internationalization processes with a transformative, contextualized, situated and intentional perspective requires individuals and institutions open to participation in cooperation networks, whether these are aimed at developing training, research or linking with society.
He assured that "it is important that the States understand that, if they want to adopt educational quality for all, it is necessary to develop public policies to extend the benefit of mobility to all".