As part of the events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), a conference was given by Dr. Waldo Albarracín Sánchez, social activist and Rector of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA) in La Paz, Bolivia. The conference was titled “Social Responsibility and University Values.”
The Rector of the UABC, Dr. Juan Manuel Ocegueda Hernández, thanked the lecturer for being part of the celebration of this institution, which for six decades has served the people of Baja California providing quality education and developing research projects for the benefit of the community.
There is a wide and ambitious program of academic, cultural and artistic activities, looking for students and teachers to come into contact with internationally renowned social and academic opinion leaders, such as Dr. Albarracín. “This is in order to promote critical thinking in our University, for our young people to appreciate other points of view, approaches and visions of the world, and thereby complement the training they receive in the college classrooms.”
Currently UABC serves 65 thousand students who attend programs recognized for their good quality; Has trained more than 150 thousand professionals; Contributes 56 percent of the graduate programs recognized in Conacyt’s National Quality Graduate Certificate in Baja California and has 47 percent of the state’s research capacity. “We have much to celebrate, we are celebrating that our University has managed to position itself as one of the best universities in Mexico and as the best in the northwest region,” said the Rector and introduced the guest.
Dr. Waldo Albarracín Sánchez began his lecture series at the Campus Mexicali, and during his presentation he mentioned that the right to education, enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1966 and provided in the political constitutions of countries, is a categorical imperative for each and every nation.
He emphasized that university social responsibility refers to the response that a public university should give through the exercise of its central functions of teaching, research, external management to meet the transformation needs of society and promote human development in a sustainable manner.
This responsibility is expressed through university values, such as patriotism, solidarity, commitment, freedom, dignity, among others, which serve as a basis for developing institutional policies aimed at guaranteeing effective training with quality, that enable qualified professionals, but also immersed in altruistic goals that are sensitive to social problems to contribute to its eradication.