Approval of minutes and agreement on work methodology in the FEES Liaison Commission

( members of the Liaison Commission they met for the first time during this year to follow up on the negotiation of the Special Fund for Higher Education (FEES) 2023, approve pending minutes and address methodology with which they will work for this year.

For this occasion, the Negotiation of the 2024 FEES will begin in May. For this year’s budget, the members of the Commission agreed to 558 billion colones plus 1% for inflation, which was distributed among the five public universities in the country.

During the meeting was present Anna Katharina Müller, Minister of Education; Paula Bogantes, Minister of MICITT; Laura Fernández, Minister of Mideplan and Nogui Acosta, Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Government.

Meanwhile, on behalf of the academics were Emmanuel González, president of CONARE and rector of the UTN; Gustavo Rodríguez, rector of the UCR; Jorge Chaves, rector of the TEC; Francisco González, rector of UNA; Rodrigo Arias, rector of the UNED and Karen Marín, student representative.

“We had agreed to meet in June to review the issue of inflation, but in the cordiality that we have we decided to meet today and be able to tie up the link between the universities with the ministry and the other ministries, and then to be able to agree on the main lines of the schedule and to be able to follow the negotiation of the FEES 2024Muller commented.

The first call took place at the central offices of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), the meeting began at 5:00 pm and ended after 6:30 pm

During the meeting, the country’s educational authorities shared exchanges about the “Education Route 2022-2026”, for their part, the rectors offered their support to the MEP.

According to Müller’s statements, The MEP has already scheduled a meeting with CONARE to establish the points at which the houses of higher education could add to the educational measures of the current administration.

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