WAISSBLUTH, Mario. Chilean professor slams educational apartheid and entrenched social inequity in Chile

Professor Mario Waissbluth is a strong critic of educational apartheid in Chile. According to his resumé: “Mario Waissbluth is a Professor at the Industrial Engineering Department of Universidad de Chile. He is also the National Coordinator of the citizen's movement and President of the Educación 2020 Foundation. Additionally, he is Member of the Board of INVERTEC Foods. He is also Academic Director at the Center of Public Systems, Universidad de Chile. He is a Chemical Engineer from the Universidad de Chile (1970) and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin (1974).  Formerly, he was a member ratified by the Senate of the High Public Management Council for the period 2004-2010. He was also Technology Manager at the National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico, and Director of the Center for Technological Innovation of the National University of Mexico, He was Board Member of CODELCO, the largest copper mining company in Chile, and Executive Director of INVERTEC IGT, a management consulting firm, from 1989 to 2005  He has published more than 70 papers and/or book chapters, and managed more than 150 consulting projects in subjects ranging from education policy and biotechnology to strategic planning, technology management and public sector management.”  (see: http://www.mariowaissbluth.com/?pg=resume ).

 

Professor Mario Waissbluth on Educational Apartheid in Chile where there have been huge student demonstrations over the issue (2011): “Educational apartheid… The kids from the posh suburbs study in those suburbs, go to university in those suburbs, get jobs as company executives in those suburbs and employ friends from the schools they went to themselves.”.[1].

 

[1]. Professor Mario Waissbluth quoted in “Education in Chile. We want the world. A trial of strength between students and the government”. The Economist, 13 August 2011: http://www.economist.com/node/21525920 .

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