The presentation took place the 29th of November in the Senate of Mexico and counting with the support of Senator Luis Humberto Fernández Fuentes, Secretary of the Commission for State Reform.
At the presentation participated different universities, the Mexican National Institute for Public Administration and the International Academy of Political & Administrative Sciences and Future Studies which announced their interest and disposition to create new synergies with the project.
In his intervention, the Senator Luis Humberto Fernández Fuentes said that the science of public administration requires foundations that consolidate and strengthen the administrative practice of XXI century and therefore TOGIVE becomes an innovative tool for the public servants. He emphasized that it is part of a new paradigm in the formation of the public servants, because it is oriented to a collective research, to solve specific problems in a social way, in addition to considering the formation of public servants as a State policy.
The event was driven by Mauricio Covarrubias, from UNIVDEP and Rodrigo Sandoval, from UAEMEX, both project partners in Mexico. On his part, Mauricio Covarrubias made emphasis on the fact that the biggest challenges lies in the need to construct a policy with a country vision or a sense of State. For this reason, the training and professionalization of public officials, open government, results-based budgeting and the use of technologies are the essential lines of action to build a sensitive and citizen-friendly government. Rodrigo Sandoval reiterated the support of UAEMEX with Open Government and the implementation of new e-learning platforms, since the University has long experience in using new technologies to improve education and create online repositories.
The presentation of the project was made by Carina Gonzalez from the University of La Laguna, project leader, who presented the audience the project objectives, motivation, and future steps, as well as the challenges of the digitization of society, education and institutions. In addition, she emphasized that training should be carried out on the dimensions of innovation and responsible research such as ethics, equality, open access, among others, responding to nowadays societal challenges. On the other hand, she stressed that work must be done to obtain a homogeneous recognition and a quality assurance system for online degrees in Latin America, since the project aims to create training in this modality.
Academician of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Jorge Ortiz, said that the different levels and branches of government should aim at a state policy that is conducted in the most appropriate way to have profiles officials in open government.
The presentation was also a space for sharing the project with other Mexican universities, such as UNAM, UAM, BUAP and UAT, along with the Mexican National Institute of Public Administration who expressed their interest in the project and in collaborating in further activities.