RUIICAY session at URACCAN Bilwi venue
By: Keydi Bent
In celebration of the 25 years of the First Intercultural Community University in Latin America (URACCAN), in its Bilwi university campus there are various activities that greet this magna celebration, in this sense, the "Dialogue of knowledge, does and feelings about Interculturality in Higher Education" was developed.
This activity was designed in the construction of spaces to exchange dreams and aspirations, as well as ways to better see the world from the experiences and perspectives of the interculturality of the peoples of Latin America.
In this activity, members of universities from different Latin American countries participated, including Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Nicaragua, as well as representatives of the National Council of Universities (UNC), National Council for Evaluation and Accreditation (CNEA), Superior Council of Universities of Central America (CSUCA), PhD students in Intercultural Studies and master's degree in Good Living/Living Cosmovisions, with an emphasis on climate change, complementarity and equity.
Contributions to Latin America's higher education
Each participant had the opportunity to present their experiences from their educational spaces, as well as express their aspirations and dreams for Higher Education, from this perspective, the members of RUIICAY contributed with the deepening of the theme of interculturality to the other representations that participated in the dialogue.
In addition, Dr. Alta Hooker Blandford, rector of URACCAN and coordinator of RUIICAY, stated that these dialogues are a path of understanding to get to know each other and to implement dreams that are had as a university, "Each people has their culture... but I think that each of us and we understand that we do not live alone in this world, so to have that world that we dream and aspire to is essential to hold hands and weaving the way," he said.
For his part, Father Carlos Irías, rector of the Antonio de Valdivieso International University (UNIAV), commented that these events serve to know our intercultural nature, "Because universities are great centers of hegemonic practices, scientific knowledge tends to disqualify other knowledge, the other local ancestral knowledge, so we are places where it is cultivated", argued Irías, adding that "it is important to converse , listen, attend to other voices that help us transform that to change," he concluded.