Research of interest addressed URACCAN at the International Congress of Higher Education University 2020, held from February 10 to 14, in Havana, Cuba.

By: Digital Writing

During the last day of the International Congress of Higher Education University 2020, held from February 10 to 14, in Havana, Cuba, the interventions of the academics and academics of URACCAN continued, who, throughout the day, stood out for the novelty in addressing the issue of Interculturality, from a perspective of Intercultural Community Higher Education in Nicaragua.

In this space, during the panel of rectors of Latin American universities, the rector of this house of intercultural higher studies, Dr. Alta Hooker, explained how diversity is perceived, from URACCAN and how we respond to Multi-ethnic Regional Autonomy.

While URACCAN's director of research and postgraduate, engineer Francisco Perera Lumbí, shared in the 12th. International Congress of Higher Education, "University 2020", the results of his research, "The impact of scientific research on URACCAN, evidenced in the production, publication and access to the scientific journals Science and Interculturality and the Caribbean".

Research reveals that URACCAN's scientific production in 2013-2017 was 787 researches among monographs, theses and free studies; 20 issues of scientific journals and 169 published articles.

The same detail of there were a total of 574 thousand 649 downloads of articles in PDF format. Finally, he emphasized that in the period 2015-2018, the journal Science and Interculturality obtained the first place in downloads of articles from the journal of public universities, and the second general place of 48 magazines from Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, hosted in Latin American Journals Online (Lamjol).

The issue is of vital importance, as it contributes to the strengthening and consolidation for future research, this as part of the processes of monitoring and institutional evaluation of this house of intercultural higher education.

Meanwhile the José Luis Saballos Velasquez, PhD. Director of External Cooperation of URACCAN, based his presentation on the work entitled "Intercultural Communication and Autonomy in Latin America: The RUIICAY-HiOA Intercultural Communication Linkage Programme Journey".

The programme is aimed at developing capacities in RUIICAY institutions to fulfil their social and community responsibilities generating knowledge and research in intercultural education and communication.

In his speech, Saballos deepened the contribution of this emblematic project for the indigenous and Afro-descendant Peoples of Colombia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, who through intercultural communication exercise their right to self-determination and build social imaginaries that dignify the being and being of these peoples through intercultural communication. In this way, it contributes to the deconstruction of racism, exclusion, marginalization and neo-colonization.

Innovation from an intercultural perspective

Another of the novel topics in terms of innovation and intercultural entrepreneurship, was established by the director of the area that bears the same name, Ma. Victor Zúniga Morales, who in his presentation: "Weaving a model of intercultural community innovation. The experience of the first intercultural community university at 25 years," he said the world is in a complex, changing context and new opportunities, where technological innovation has been placed at the center of the economy from a linear, hegemonic approach characterized by the exclusion of other types of knowledge.

Zúniga's bottom-line approach is that it is urgent to implement and develop a different model of intercultural innovation that considers with an including look, all knowledge, based on a dialogue of knowledge, doing and feelings from all peoples.