The regime leader, Rafael Correa, said the scholarships to study Social Sciences, Arts and Education will be reduced to 10% of the entire universe of scholarships, but will give preference to so-called hard careers, such as biology, engineering and medical specialties.
According to Correa, the mistakes made when delivering the scholarships must be corrected. Among them is not taking into account “the relevance of the career” that scholars have chosen as part of the segment of Excellence and these could enter the top 50 universities in the world.
Therefore, the regime seeks that 90% of the scholarships will be for hard sciences and life sciences. According to the pending review of the government in the area of scholarships that are given to study abroad.
“Here we need engineers, we need biologists, specialists in biochemistry, molecular biology, medical, we are putting emphasis on the hard sciences,” said the leader of the regime during its weekly report.
Despite this the university professor and writer Ivan Carvajal, said that the proposal’s “lack of sense of what is higher education and the needs we have.” He added that the area of humanities scholarship have almost always absent, adding that there would be fewer qualified teachers in universities.