President of the Colombian Association of Rectors (ASCUN) and current Rector of the University of El Valle, Ivan Ramos, met with the Minister of Education.

Following the recent visit of the regional Minister of Education Juan Jose Mateos to Colombia, the President of the Colombian Association of Rectors (ASCUN) – counterpart to the President of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) in Spain – and current Rector of the University of El Valle, Ivan Ramos, visited Castile and Leon to meet with the rectors of the region’s public universities and the Minister of Education.

Meeting first with the rectors of the public universities in Castile and Leon, Ramos acknowledged the characteristics of the universities and their current projects, as well as an interest in creating closer ties between the academic institutions of Colombia and the Community.

During a second meeting presided by the regional Minister of Education, the policies of internationalising the Colombian universities to facilitate the exchange of graduate students and launching joint programmes with the universities of Colombia were discussed.

On this point, Mateos went into greater detail about the possibility of creating a joint PhD programme with the universities of Colombia, which translates into the possibility of offering Colombian students the opportunity to read and defend their theses at the home university and in one of the public universities of Castile and Leon. To do so, the Minister of Education pointed out the possibility of launching a grant programme, in collaboration with the Ibero-American University Association for Post-graduate Studies, which could cover the costs of lodging for one or two weeks, for doctoral students in Castile and Leon, as well as travel costs and additional expenses for the tutor at the student’s home university. The grant programme would require the collaboration of Banco Santander with the Ministry of Education through the Foundation for University and Higher Learning in Castile and Leon (Fuescyl).

The initiative would offer ‘significant benefits’ in the words of Mateos, since ‘the student obtains two university titles and the director for the thesis-professor-researcher would be in contact with colleagues at the universities of Castile and Leon, resulting in an exchange of experience and knowledge among professors-researchers and students from both universities’. Moreover, Castile and Leon would have Doctorate Schools whose activities would benefit the universities.

Both projects, Reading and defending a thesis and international mobility, will be developed with the direct collaboration of the Ibero-American Association of Postgraduate Studies, according to information on the regional Administration gathered by DiCYT.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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