By: I2Latam proyect, coordinated by University of La Sabana

With broad participation, last Tuesday the third session of the cycle of “Dialogues I2Latam-Mimir Andino” was held under the theme “Good leadership and management practices of R + D + i”.

Rafael Gómez, coordinator of Technology Transfer at the University of Manizales (Colombia) was in charge of initiating the dialogue with the mention of some of the achievements they obtained when moving from a university focused exclusively on teaching to an institution where research is carried out on high quality. “The objective is to be a University capable of interacting with the different sectors -educational, economic, political, social and natural-, and offer cutting-edge solutions that add value and well-being to its environment,” he explained.

The second intervention was in charge of Eduardo Ismodes, senior manager at the Universidad Agraria La Molina (UNALM, Peru). As an example of leadership and good practices, he explained the tool that they developed at the institutional level to evaluate different indicators of the R & D & i + e ecosystem, which allows better decisions to be made in research management. In relation to this, he stressed that “the support of research groups made up of researchers, students and project leaders, among other actors, is key.”

Subsequently, the director of the Entrepreneurship Incubator at the University of Piura (HUB / UDEP, Peru), Eddie Valdiviezo Céspedes made reference to institutional management in the framework of the Covid-19 pandemic and explained the three axes in which They focused on this context: to become a guide for the community through webinars and virtual consultancies; facilitate open innovation processes in which startups, companies and government formed alliances; and implement a national call to seek immediate solutions to the challenges of the crisis.

During the space open to questions – moderated by the institutional director of Research of the Universidad Panamericana (Mexico), Abraham Mendoza Andrade – it was discussed about the challenges faced by private higher education institutions to obtain the economic resources necessary for R&D. D + i. Rafael Gómez emphasized the importance of having the right incentives for researchers to seek funding for their research projects outside the university. For his part, Eduardo Ismodes pointed out that from universities, students – future businessmen and political leaders – should be taught the importance of investing in research at universities.

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