How should you choose a university in Colombia?

How should you choose a university in Colombia? In this article we explore what considerations must be taken into account in Colombia when choosing a university.
How to choose a university in Colombia

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We analyze the decision How to choose a university in Colombia; What should we see in a university to know that it is a good university? Which aspects are considered important and which can be put on a scale with greater or lesser weight for the final decision? Although it would be perfect if the university in which we want to study, in addition to having the program of our interest, met all the criteria, some may be more important than others and that would broaden the spectrum of possibilities.

It is important to consider that although the most expensive universities in principle guarantee that they attend to different fronts that determine that a university has proven academic quality, this is not always the key to quality and the guarantee of making good decisions.

Next, we will mention some of the Things to consider when choosing a university. That the university has all or a good part of them would give you the certainty that said institution is aware and has responsible processes and policies in which it is seeking constant improvement and this is a guarantee of academic quality and an easier path in the workplace, at least considering our profile since, for companies, being a graduate of a university with high standards gives them the certainty of a well-prepared professional potential.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHOOSING A GOOD UNIVERSITY IN COLOMBIA

 INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION IN HIGH QUALITY: La High Quality Institutional Accreditation It is the evaluation that determines the level of credibility and quality of the educational processes of Higher Education Institutions, which are subject to evaluation to be accountable to the State and society about the service they provide. The National Accreditation Council (CNA) It is the one entrusted by the Government to apply the evaluation regulations consigned in Law 30 of 1.992. At this time there are 44 Higher Education Institutions in Colombia that have achieved high-quality institutional accreditation and at least 10 that are in the final accreditation process. If you want to know which universities are accredited and which ones are close to being accredited, you can visit the article below:

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  • HIGH QUALITY ACCREDITED PROGRAM: If the university has not achieved accreditation, it is possible that the program of your interest has. The accreditation of an undergraduate program is the result of a joint construction between the National Accreditation Council, associations of higher education institutions and the academic community, based on the experience accumulated, both by the Council and by the participating institutions. An accredited program gives you a guarantee that the university has the highest standards for such undergraduate and that this is above other programs in other institutions, guaranteeing the best possible preparation in our country for that particular profession.
  • MEASURE: El Model of Educational Performance Indicators (MIDE), is another mechanism for measuring progress in higher education and is a great indicator that the university is doing things right in terms of academic quality. This model, which can be considered as a local ranking of HEIs, is built taking into account the data from the different information systems that currently exist related to higher education, such as the National Information System for Higher Education (SNIES), the Labor Observatory for Education (OLE), the System for the Prevention of Higher Education Dropouts (SPADIES) and the results of the ICFES Saber 11º and Saber PRO tests, among others. In 2017, for its third edition, the model developed two types or measurement groups:
    • He MEASURES 'U', that evaluates the performance of HEIs that offer undergraduate university programs. This year the tool took into account 174 Higher Education Institutions, of which 48 are public and 127 private.
    • He MEASURES 'T', which evaluated 149 Higher Education Institutions –some of them also evaluated in the MIDE U–, of which 49 are public and 100 private.
      The MIDE offers a definitive list in which it has the general total of the scores and positions of the universities, but it also takes into account, in addition to a regional evaluation, another very specific one to give a fair treatment to the different institutions and it is the focus on which they are concentrated are: doctoral focus, master's focus, undergraduate emphasis and specialized in a particular area.
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  • CERTIFICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS: Certifications are another way to validate the quality of an academic program or the seriousness of the processes carried out by the university, not only in the academic field but also in the administrative field. Some certifications are national and others are international.. Some cover the institution in general and others certify a particular school or program. Some of these certifications (in addition to those already mentioned as high quality accreditation) for the higher education sector are:
    • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
    • ACBSP – Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
    • AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
    • ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission
    • Future Approved Learning Partner' of ACCA in Latin America
    • QS Stars
  • INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS: Another way to determine if the institutions are complying with different quality parameters are the rankings, in this case the international rankings. The rankings evaluate from an objective perspective, different aspects such as research, internationalization, teaching and employability or visibility or web presence. Being in outstanding positions or simply appearing in said comparison lists in which institutions are measured with institutions at an international level, both globally and in the region, are achievements of great importance that allow determining if the institution of higher education is at the level from renowned international universities. Some of the most important rankings and where Colombian universities appear are:
    • SapiensResearch
    • Webometrics
    • QS
    • Times Higher Education
    • Shanghai ranking
    • Scimago IR
    • unirank
    • u multirank
  • INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND MOBILITY: La internationalization has become one of the key purposes and priorities for universities in recent years in part because it is one of the quality criteria that has taken more weight both in national evaluations and in international ranking evaluations in which universities seek to appear. Through internationalization, universities develop cooperation agreements with national institutions as well as in other latitudes, as well as public and private sector organizations linked to the educational sector. These alliances allow universities to leverage institutional, academic or research objectives, but also to a large extent They are used so that students can apply for exchange or mobility experiences, sometimes with full or partial scholarships. with which they could temporarily travel to other countries to acquire new knowledge, obtain additional certifications or degrees to those granted by the university in Colombia, in addition to having valuable experience in a foreign culture.
  • INVESTIGATION GROUPS: The research groups in the universities are the demonstration that the institution takes the improvement of its pedagogical processes very seriously for the improvement of its different programs, but to a large extent they are also a great contribution as they are the nucleus of the development of the science in a society. Colciencias is the entity in Colombia in charge of endorsing the different research groups that make up higher education institutions in our country. The volume of research groups accounts for the commitment and capacity to generate knowledge in different branches, but it will also be the way in which said knowledge is recognized and mentioned within the research environment, for which the institution develops various publications or scientific journals, in addition to the fact that individual documents or articles can also be generated that can be mentioned or cited by other scientific publications, national or foreign, or appear and be registered in databases of scientific literature of world importance on platforms such as Scopus.
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