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Dr. Rolando M. Guzman

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Health & Education

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Rector, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)

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Dr. Rolando M. Guzman holds a PhD in Economics and a Master’s in Pure Mathematics from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Quantitative Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Getúlio Vargas Institute. He has had a successful career in public and private management, consultancy, and economic and social research. For the past 16 years, he has been teaching at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), and is currently its Rector.

"We rely on our reputation as an environment endowed with creative and innovative ideas."

How has INTEC recruited the best human resources into the Dominican workforce?

We rely on our reputation as an environment endowed with creative and innovative ideas, aiming for the best human development.

What values does INTEC promote that set it apart from other universities?

We are specially committed to a moral obligation to contribute to the development of the Dominican Republic, not only through our scientific activity, but also through the promotion of solidarity and social responsibility. We don’t see INTEC as just an educational institution; we think of INTEC as a development machine. That’s a very different approach!

“We rely on our reputation as an environment endowed with creative and innovative ideas.”

What is the profile of the student that chooses INTEC instead of another university?

INTEC’s students are very different from the average student in the Dominican Republic, because we have implemented a very strict selection process. That being said, we are open to students with any background. In some sense, this is a challenging institution, but at the same time it is a very friendly environment for any dedicated person.

What advantages do you have in terms of attracting students?

The quality of our education, our faculty, the feeling of being part of something special, and our inclusiveness are all key advantages.

How do you manage to preserve that quality when you offer so many different programs?

We are a technological institution, which has strong programs on Engineering, Health, Business, Humanities, and Basic Sciences. That is not a contradiction, but an opportunity for complementariness. Engineering, for example, is a perfect complement to Health, and our Math program is an excellent complement to our Engineering courses. Our academic structure is well synergized.

To what extent do you focus on R&D?

We are perhaps the only educational institution in the country that has persistently dedicated more than 2% of its budget to R&D. This enables us to establish communication and contact with government institutions and agencies; therefore, we see ourselves as a provider of scientific knowledge for government and business entities.

Can you tell us about your partnerships with established international institutions, such as Pennsylvania State University?

Indeed, we have strong partnerships with many of the best universities in the US, Europe, and Latin America. The basis for these partnerships is the quality of the education we provide, and our determination to practice internalization as a cornerstone of our institutional strategy. This also enables us to attract good international students. The figures are still low, between 2% and 3% of INTEC’s population, but this will continue to increase.

What is your view of the Dominican Republic’s educational sector as a whole?

Unfortunately, the educational sector is divided into separate tiers; very high quality and very low quality. Our mission is to preserve our quality while trying to contribute to the development of other institutions in the country. I believe collaboration and partnership are very important in order to improve the educational sector in our country.

We’ve noticed that a lot of firms in the private sector have many INTEC graduates. Do you interact a lot with the private sector?

Indeed. In addition to human capital, we provide research and consulting services to the business sector, and we maintain a constant dialog with business leaders. For example, we have a monthly lunch with 10 or 12 CEOs on campus to share ideas about our mutual interests. In addition, many leaders or professors of INTEC are members of several commissions in the business sector, so we have a very organic relationship.

How strong are INTEC’s relations with the public sector?

We have very close relations with various institutions in the public sector, including the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Industry, the Finance Ministry, and so on. By the way, it is nice to say that, in particular, the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, is himself an INTEC alumnus. We are very proud of that.

What is INTEC’s message to the potential new students willing to become part of the institution?

We demonstrate that it is a good idea to face challenges in order to succeed in the appropriate way. INTEC provides an opportunity to enjoy a full university experience in this country.

What is your plan for the coming years?

Our goal is to become a complete model of higher education, based on academic strength and on a strong commitment to the development of our society. We will focus on research, international partnerships, and solid relations with the government, business sector, and society. We look forward to continuing as the number one choice for the best students and professors in the Dominican Republic.

© The Business Year – October 2013

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