The Council of Deans and Deans of Faculties of Social and Human Sciences of Argentina (CODESOC) expressed a “categorical rejection” of the position of the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC-UNESCO) that allows the intervention of private banks and international organizations in higher education.
“It should not be the banks and other international entities who define the agenda of issues and problems to be addressed at the next world conference on higher education scheduled for 2022. We join all the voices that have expressed themselves in this regard” , said CODESOC in a document.
The deans and deans remarked that Argentina “has a solid system of higher education inscribed in a deep and sustained history of building the right to public university education.”
In this sense, they pointed out that “since 1918 (and its current reformist principles), with the gratuity initialed in 1949 to the most contemporary definitions of the regional conferences (among other spaces) on education as a public, social and duty of the states , we have been resisting and taking action against all attempts to empty the privatization and commercialization of public education ”.
The rejection of CODESOC was added to the one expressed days ago by the National Interuniversity Council (CIN) and the Union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL) to the intervention in higher education issues by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) , Banco Santander, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB).
These entities will be called to debate the agreements on the ten topics that UNESCO proposed for the III World Conference on Higher Education, to be held in May 2022 in Barcelona, as reported by IESALC.
For its part, CODESOC stated in its statement: “We underline the commitment to continue deepening democratization as a principle of responsibility and ethical relevance on which our organizations are based; commitment exercised on a daily basis within our institutions and towards the community ”.
“We value respect for our idiosyncrasies and regional particularities, and we demand to be central actors in the definition of the agenda, considering the distinctive and diverse aspects,” he emphasized.
Finally, the academic entity highlighted: “We ratify our work commitment and that of our academic units in the defense of autonomy and of any action or decision that violates the free public education.”