Medellín May 19, 2020
Dear university community,
We are in an environment of change, in a space of creative disruption and we have looked for a way to adapt. Our prior training in technology-assisted face-to-face training and the experience of CES in casa During the years leading up to the pandemic, it has succeeded in helping this great team of teachers, administrative staff and students adapt to change in a not so traumatic way.
Congratulations to all those who have transformed the classes and practices without modifying the curriculum and overcoming the difficulties that can arise in everyday life: optimal equipment, internet connection, among others; This makes us improve as people and professionals in times of global crisis.
Adaptation and digital innovation have allowed classes to continue despite the quarantine and for our institution to build a new dynamic that will transform the concept of the university as we know it. Behind each technology-assisted face-to-face session, there are human beings who strive to ensure quality interaction.
As a university, we have always been committed to our institutional values such as leadership, responsibility and ethics, which are strengthened in this time of pandemic. Next, I highlight the measures developed by our institution in favor of the university community and the nearby society:
- First the human being:
- We are a Family Responsible Company (EFR) and committed to sustainability as the hallmark of all our actions. We have remained with the conviction of keeping all our teaching-administrative staff and giving continuity to the activities through the presence assisted by technology.
- We have implemented the web application CES takes care of me as a complementary strategy to the one currently implemented by the Medellín Mayor's Office, with the aim of accompanying, monitoring and managing risk to each of the members of the CES family and their close surroundings.
- Our 1,230 scholarship recipients continue and will continue with the same tuition, food and transportation benefits during the second semester of 2020. We support 114 students with meals and 17 with accommodation.
- Institutional Wellbeing and Human Development has promoted actions that impact on the integral dimension, with strategies such as: delivery of 243 economic and food support, 112 loans of computer equipment to employees and students, 15 beneficiaries of internet connectivity, delivery of 18 markets fortnightly to 18 students, financial support for food to 114 students and support with accommodation for 17 students.
- Similarly, through art classes, virtual culture courses and online concerts, 526 people have been impacted. Through virtual courses of physical activity (Yoga, physical conditioning, drawing, photography, self-defense), fitness classes open to all audiences, active breaks, sports classes, personalized training, 5,605 people have been impacted in the course of this quarantine. .
- Similarly, 341 psychological counseling, 215 psychopedagogical counseling and 27 on sexuality issues have been developed virtually.
- 2,076 interactions have been achieved in the Mindfulness and Emocionarte initiatives. In addition, 1,191 people have been trained virtually in: psychological first aid, leadership, parents in the u, accompaniment of work teams and human development programs.
- We implement the program Ties that bring hope and with the support of civil society, taking fortnightly markets to more than 923 families of street vendors in the center of Medellín and other municipalities in the Aburrá Valley, impacting 3,939 people. In addition, our graduates were linked to this strategy with the delivery of 2,000 lunches to 62 homeless residents who are in preventive isolation at the Monsignor Valerio Jiménez home.
- In addition, from our Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics and the Veterinary and Zootechnical Center -CVZ- we implement the donation campaign They need us too to feed 3,000 canines and felines in street conditions.
- The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics signed various agreements with the Metropolitan Area, the Mayor's Office of Medellín, the Mayor's Office of La Estrella, the Mayor's Office of Itagüí and the Corporation Antioquia Presente for the provision of health care and animal welfare in the Valley of Aburrá and other municipalities of Antioquia.
- Our commitment to quality: We currently have 215 Zoom classrooms and the Virtual CES infrastructure was reinforced to guarantee the stability of the system. In addition, $ 77 million was invested in technological equipment for the university's academic activities under the new dynamics that the contingency requires. On the other hand, 334 people were trained, all of them part of the teaching and administrative staff on the operation of platforms and specialized software.In the Fundadores Library of the CES University we have access to more than 60 virtual databases with international information resources and to which the entire university community has access, including graduates. The investment that our institution made in 2020 for the free use of this bibliographic material was 250 thousand dollars. Our teachers, graduates, students and administrative staff are recognized for their scientific and academic knowledge by the mass media of the world, this is evidence in the constant participation in journalistic publications and as references of our quality in education with the CES seal. During the two months of contingency, the number of appearances of our spokespersons in informative content tripled, which means a saving of 3,527 million pesos for the University.
- Our commitment to society
- With the Ministry of Health of the municipality of Medellín we manage the virtual education program on Covid-19 aimed at health professionals in which 20,000 people were currently trained in its first cohort, registrations for the second edition are currently open.
- We enable our laboratories of the Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine –ICMT– as centers authorized by the National Institute of Health to carry out PCR tests that allow the diagnosis of COVID-19.
- We started research for the production of reagents for the PCR test through the Genome Research Center CES.
- We made the proposal, in alliance with 8 universities, the Covid-G8 Project to adapt our laboratories for testing.
- We participate in the production of R60-P6 suits for healthcare personnel in the health sector. Project developed with the Crystal company and the Packaging Company, under the support of Seguros Sura and the scientific endorsement of the Faculty of Engineering of our university.
- We participate in the production of facial mask as an element of personal protection. Project developed with Grupo Familia, HGM-CES-EIA co-creation laboratory, Sura, Universidad CES, Henao Ltda.
- Participation of the Veterinary and Zootechnical Center –CVZ– in the preclinical trial of mechanical ventilators.
- We produce 1,820 liters of different alcohols (antibacterial, 70% antiseptic and glycerin) by the Pharmaceutical Chemistry program and our Center for Pharmaceutical Science and Research -CECIF- for internal supply of the service centers themselves and the headquarters Populated by a value of $ 17 million pesos.
- We participate in the research project “Evaluation of the efficacy of pharmacotherapeutic alternatives in the treatment of COVID- Clinical trial (CES Clinic, Medicine, QF and MVZ).
- We participate in the production of the video laryngoscopic medical device. Developed by the Simdesing alliance in which the EAFIT University, CES University and the Pablo Tobón Uribe Hospital participate, with the production by Postobón.
- Participation in study: Feasibility and validation of the application of artificial intelligence models for the detection of pneumonia in radiology services of hospitals of 3 and 4 level of Medellín. The project executors are the EAFIT University and the CES University.
- Our decisions
- Although CES University closed its physical plant as a preventive measure for the expansion of the coronavirus, it has spared no effort to continue with the substantive missions of teaching, research and innovation and extension.
- Flexibility without laxity: assistance, evaluation and virtual practices have been allowed under technological support schemes, understanding the limitations in the implementation of a new form of virtual University presence.
- Gradual reopening: In accordance with the proposals issued by the national government, we hope to initiate academic activities (practices and laboratories) and administrative activities in a staggered manner in the service centers and the Poblado headquarters, under strict biosafety protocols that allow to ensure that the health of the university community and their families. Part of the reopening will feature an intensive month of internships that combines face-to-face, internships and virtuality. Some strategies will be implemented that include individual tutoring; small learning groups for leveling in critical subjects due to their instrumental nature, and summer (or winter) schools that offer compensatory seminars.
- It will work on an internal reflection on the renewal of the teaching and learning model. This will be a new phase of construction of a new way of being and being in the university that will take us to new realities in higher education for which we will need a lot of creativity and adaptation to change, which I am sure, we will have.
- Our financial balance.
- Our university does not have an owner, it has a mission that it has fully fulfilled, the resources are invested in their entirety in the development of its substantive functions, there are investment resources that will be transferred to solve the economic needs of the current crisis, and allow our continuity and operation, for which the following decisions were made:
- The University must carry out a plan to save costs and expenses close to the $ 9,844 million of pesos, in order to have cash flow that allows liquidity for the operation and functioning of the institution and allocate a large part of this saving for the continuity of scholarship, food and transportation programs, all this under the social commitment of the institution . For the application of this plan, the following considerations are taken into account:
- We will continue to support our 230 scholarship holders, as well as a large part of them their food and transport.
- The University increased by $ 980 million your investment budget in biosecurity measures of your university campus to be able to receive your teaching, student and administrative staff this with the acquisition of cleaning supplies of the institution and its headquarters, the purchase of personal protection elements evaluated by its Security area and Health at work, strengthening of cleaning personnel, monitoring equipment and early warning, among others.
- The construction and infrastructure works scheduled in 2020 will be suspended for an investment close to $ 3.5 billion pesos that will be used to cover part of the cash flow of the University's operation.
- University face-to-face events are suspended and national and international scheduled trips, per diem expenses, training, the expenses of refreshments for events and institutional logistics activities, stationery and equipment purchase are canceled, for a value close to $ 2,700 million pesos.
- New students belonging to strata 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be able to access the Institutional Strengthening Plan to finance some undergraduate academic programs. Check the conditions in the following link.
- In order to accompany former University students who have any financial difficulties, the Financial Support area will study the particular case and provide support and advice on financing alternatives, they may contact the email firstname.lastname@example.org .co
- Due to its reputation, the university is supported by alliances in the financial sector to finance academic programs, an example of which is the ICETEX educational loan agreement, all for the benefit of our university community.
- With the aim of facilitating access to education under flexible financing schemes, we want to invite you to the two Financing Fairs which will be held from June 1 to 5 for Undergraduate and from June 8 to 12 for Postgraduate courses through the university's virtual channels.
We all build the future. It is time to show solidarity as a family.