Celaya, Guanajuato (April 27, 2023) - On April 27, the University of Celaya, in the framework of its 35th anniversary, hosted the LV Ordinary Session of the Council of Private Universities and Related Institutions (CUPRIA) with the participation of representatives of private universities that make up the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES), who discussed and reached agreements in favor of the development of higher education in our country.

At the inauguration of this event, Dr. Carmen Rodríguez Armenta, head of the General Directorate of University and Intercultural Higher Education (DGESUI), on behalf of Dr. Francisco Luciano Concheiro Bórquez, Undersecretary of Higher Education, stated that the SEP does not conceive education only in terms of the public sector, but that private institutions are also a fundamental part of making it possible today to cover 5.2 million higher education students in Mexico.

For his part, Dr. Luis Armando González Placencia, in his first session as Executive Secretary General of ANUIES, reaffirmed the association's interest in maintaining proximity and equal treatment with private HEIs: "Today more than ever we are working to strengthen and consolidate higher education and turn it into a key element that will drive the country's development. Universities are becoming agents of change in the localities and regions they serve," he said.

In her speech, Dr. Martha Aguilar, rector of the University of Celaya and president of the LV session of CUPRIA, endorsed the commitment of the private IES with the permanent search for academic excellence, the integral formation of students and the development of their communities.

The LV CUPRIA session was attended by rectors and representatives of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Universidad Anáhuac, Universidad Iberoamericana de México y de Puebla, ITESO, Universidad Autónoma de la Laguna, UPAEP, UDLA, CETyS, UVM, Universidad Intercontinental, Universidad La Salle, Universidad Hipócrates, Instituto Tecnológico Latinoamericano, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Universidad del Valle de Atemajac, Centros de Estudios Universitarios de Monterrey, Universidad Montemorelos, Universidad de Monterrey, Universidad Regiomontana, Universidad de la Sierra, Universidad del Noreste and Universidad Cristóbal Colón.

The plenary session reviewed and analyzed current topics such as the Inter-Oceanic Corridor Project of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the Progress in the Work Program of the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation System, how to integrate a Node to Promote the Social and Solidarity Economy to achieve a linkage and impact with the university's environment and the importance of fundraising within the framework of sustainability, among others.

In view of this agenda, the Executive Secretary General commented: "The universities must work to increase university and scientific cooperation, but they must also be sensitive to current issues such as inclusion, gender, interculturalism and human rights, among others, in order to coordinate efforts that contribute to strengthening the development of higher education and us as a society.

Among the distinguished guests were: the Executive Director of CASE Latin America, Angélica Careaga; the general coordinator of CIEES, Miguel Ángel Tamayo Taype; the general director of COPAES, Alejandro Miranda Ayala; the general director of Universia Mexico, Arturo Cherbowski; and the general director of CENEVAL, Antonio Ávila Díaz.

At the end, Dr. Luis Armando Gonzalez thanked Dr. Martha Aguilar Trejo, Rector of the University of Celaya, for her strong support and acknowledged her dedication for accepting the challenge of holding this LV Ordinary Session of the Council of Private Universities and Related Institutions, as well as the commitment of the University of Celaya to the quality and development of Mexico demonstrated during these 35 years of existence.