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Academia and researchers demand from the government a larger budget and expansion of educational offerings

Academia and researchers demand from the government a larger budget and expansion of educational offerings

Within the framework of “Research, science and technology day”, an event was held in the Vaz Ferreira room of the National Library where a complete diagnosis was presented by most of the scientific societies of the Uruguaywhich included a series of demands, with which they seek to influence the political debate of the election year.

“The scientific investigation and the innovation They are fundamental pillars that not only drive economic and technological development, but also enrich our understanding of the world and improve the quality of life of all citizens. Recent events related to the Covid-19 pandemic and others such as the effects of climate changecall for recognition of the advances and contributions made by a research and innovation system that has matured and that has offered solutions to problems that accuse us,” the statement begins.

“He Uruguay is at a crossroads, since to improve the levels of growth that allow us to advance on a path of development, structural changes are required in the economy and society in accordance with the challenges of the 21st century. Both research and innovation can and should be drivers for the country to enter a knowledge-based economy. Both activities, research and innovation, need to be prioritized in the long-term development agenda,” he adds.

The proclamation also states that “this should inspire the design of a State policy to promote research and innovation with criteria of economic sustainability, environmental sustainability and gender equality and intersectionality with other axes of discrimination.”

In this regard, the spokesperson for the group, Victoria Prietoquestioned that “in the current situation, the lack of coordination between the actors of the system, the lack of clarity about the lines of action, as well as a stagnation in the levels of public investment and private and a low proportion of the population dedicated to research and innovation activities”

“It is imperative that the Government and private institutions recognize, legitimize and support research and innovation as key drivers of national development, increasing funding for research and development, implementing State policies that facilitate collaboration between universities, industries and centers. research,” claimed the member of the Association of Researchers of Uruguay.

“A new governance system is necessary that is structured based on differentiated functions, definition of objectives and priorities, promotion and instruments, execution of activities and measurement of results and evaluation of policies and adjustments of objectives based on these evaluations”

“To achieve these objectives, which have a broad political consensus, a substantial increase in public investment in research and innovation activities is required, to reach levels greater than 1% of GDP, accompanied by energetic actions of promotion of private investigationwhich in the medium case exceeds the levels of public investment, and constitutes another pole of development in the greatest breadth of areas of knowledge,” Prieto, in charge of reading the document, also firmly claimed.

The declaration also emphasizes the need to “reinforce” the Educative offer on science including new postgraduate offers “ensuring that postgraduates have remuneration in line with training and labor rights.” In addition, they propose to “strengthen” the insertion of young researchers in the business, public and private sectors, and in state organizations.

“We call on public opinion and the political, academic and business system to achieve broad national agreement on actions to promote new steps towards society and the knowledge economy, with the aim of achieving a more inclusive, more inclusive development of the country. smarter and greener”, concludes the document that was accessed Ambit.

This declaration was signed by various Uruguayan academic societies, including the Carbon Association, Political Science SocietySociety of Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Statistics, Zoology and Polymestyrology, among other.

Source: Ambito

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