Academia vs. Business

Supply in the academic sector has grown considerably and it is necessary to discern among what is serious, commercial and even the mere sale of diplomas.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The analysis by Oscar Picardo Joao, published in La Prensa Gráfica, begins by noting that "there is currently a deep concern about the quality, validity and legitimacy of international academic programs and degrees. A large number of international academic programs (virtual, semi-physical and physical) are emerging in Latin America. The expansion of new academic networks is a fact; depending on the legal or educational vulnerability of the countries, there are more and more offers for undergraduate and graduate degrees appearing that provide programs with opportunities and benefits including dual or triple degrees, less physical attendance and expedited processing."

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Universities Dissociated From Real Production

July 2013

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in El Salvador has pointed out the need to adapt training courses to the needs of the business sector.

According a report entitled "Second Diagnosis University-Business Links" carried out by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in El Salvador (CCIES by its initials in Spanish) "universities can collaborate with companies by conducting practical research, internships, work experience and student social services, while enterprises can contribute to improve the supply of university by getting involved in the creation and updating of curricula", reported

Links Between Universities and Companies

April 2013

While in the rest of the world the standard is close connections between the private sector and academia, the region is still holding on to old ideological myths, which negatively affect development.

On inaugurating in El Salvador the II National Congress of Higher Education entitled "Linking Higher Education to the Workplace", the Minister of Education, Franzi Hato Hasbun, noted the need to "carry out a process of connection between company and university , encouraging three fundamental aspects: research, innovation and overcoming social projections. "

$20 Million to Finance University Studies

August 2010

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) has signed an agreement with Nicaragua's Thomas More University as part of a program to fund higher education.

"These funds come from the 'Finance for the Majority' program that seeks to encourage intermediary financial institutions to provide study loans," reports

$10 million for higher education in Guatemala

December 2008

Taiwan signed an agreement with the BCIE for $10 million in order to support (via a loan) the formation of university students in Central America.

With these funds the BCIE will facilitate student (from CA) access to technical formation and higher education, especially for those from areas with limited economic resources.

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