Mundo 05-10-2017

Latin America and EU agree on bilateral cooperation in education and science

Education and science today focused on the opening session of the Academic and Knowledge Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) in El Salvador, where they approach positions on bilateral cooperation in education.

The conclave, which is being held at the University of El Salvador (UES) with the presence of students, academics and researchers, will last until Friday when agreements are expected to strengthen academic and scientific relations between Latin America and Europe.

El Salvador's Foreign Minister, Hugo Martínez, who called for "mutual collaboration" in the opening speech, urged participants to have a "constructive, open and beneficial debate on key issues for academic work, which constitutes a fundamental pillar for the development of peoples ".

The Salvadoran diplomat highlighted the role that the European Union plays in Latin America, and therefore called for all the support provided to continue to benefit young academics and researchers seeking to provide their countries with tools for development.

The Chancellor also stressed that "there is a growing need for scientific and academic exchange between Latin America and the European Union, since the theoretical and scientific support only emanates from academia and this allows the integral growth of a society."

For his part, the European Union's ambassador to El Salvador, Andreu Bassols, reiterated the EU's commitment to Latin America to strengthen academic, educational and university relations, and said that this institution sees as a priority to develop activities that contribute to the establishment of cooperation.

In addition, he said that it is necessary to establish more academic "mobilizations" with the aim of students, professors and researchers to exchange the knowledge acquired, according to the region, and reproduce actions for the benefit of their community, regions and the world.

Knowledge, according to the secretary general of the Central American Integration System (SICA), Vinicio Cerezo, constitutes a weapon of transformation and evolution of peoples around the world.

Cerezo, also a participant in the academic summit, said that "knowledge is definitely the path that will lead us to promote a new development model in the Central American region, the Caribbean and the rest of the world."

The Secretary of SICA said that since the generation of knowledge "stimulate and promote intellectual reflection, operational actions, empowering everyone to understand, generate and promote new ideas that allow development."

He also said that knowledge management, as an essential tool for integration, allows "citizenship take over their territories and governments to help themselves to find solutions to the most felt problems."

Cerezo urged the authorities of the universities of the Central American region to "take a firm step to align research and reflection agendas, to support the actions of the governments of the region."

The academic summit will continue this Friday with the development of topics focused on strengthening the budgets of higher education and research, education as a tool to combat climate change, ensure food security and prevent natural disasters.

The meeting will conclude on Friday with the presentation of a Declaration of the Academic and Knowledge Summit of San Salvador, to be presented by the President of the Summit Organizing Committee, Roger Arias.

This meeting was established as a pre-Celac-EU summit scheduled for October 26 and 27 in El Salvador, but was delayed for undefined dates due to the political crisis in Venezuela, which caused disagreements among leaders of Latin American nations.