Santiago de Chile, Chile
During the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, held in May 17th, 2018, E-Learn had the opportunity of sitting down with IPLACEX, a Chilean institution that is committed to promoting access to higher education throughout Latin America. A region where, according to the World Bank, access to higher education for students between the ages 18 and 24 does not exceed 40%.1
Meet the Interviewee
Roberto Barriga Tapia, academic vice-rector at IPLACEX, is a Civil Industrial Engineer with a minor in Computer Science from the ‘Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile,’ and has more than 20 years’ experience in education, technology and social projects. He held various management positions at the ‘Instituto Profesional DuocUC,’ where he is most notably known for the creation and development of the Information and Telecommunications School. He was also a board member of the ACTI AG (Chile’s main IT industry association), supporting human capital strategies, and a member of the Technology Council for the Accrediting Agency of the College of Engineers, AcreditaCI.
|Global Accessibility Awareness Day|
|Rigid formal learning systems exclude people from having access to higher education, especially in Latin America, where online learning is still being adopted by universities. To IPLACEX, providing accessibility and flexibility in their learning programs is a key strategy to broaden access to education.|
Roberto Barriga Tapia, academic vice-rector at IPLACEX.
AFP Pablo Vera Lisperguer
1 World Bank. (2017, May 17). Educação superior se expande na América Latina e no Caribe, mas os resultados estão abaixo do potencial. Retrieved May 31, 2018, from http://www.worldbank.org/pt/news/press-release/2017/05/17/higher-education-expanding-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean-but-falling-short-of-potential.