The new rector of UNAM at a press conference (YouTube/UNAM Global)
The elected rector of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Leonardo Lomelí Vanegas, offered his first press conference and explained how his administration will deal with the issue of plagiarism of the minister of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), Yasmín Esquivel Mossa.
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After the question from the press, the economist recognized the willingness to dialogue on the part of the federal government, especially President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), to address certain issues, including the one that concerns the member of the country’s highest court.
“I believe there is a space for dialogue and cooperation for the good of our country”
Therefore, he pointed out the importance of dialogue and reaching an agreement; However, he did not delve into how the issue will continue due to the instances where the process is located, since it is worth remembering that the issue reached the Judiciary. Although he did explain once there is a resolution, action will be taken as established by university law.
The new rector of UNAM (X/@UNAM_MX)
Meanwhile, regarding whether there will be continuity with respect to the administration of Enrique Graue Wiechers, Lomelí Vanegas stated that in every institution it is important to leave behind the aspects that have worked; However, he pointed out that what changes are necessary will be analyzed.
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“Every administration in an academic institution has to know how to preserve what is a substantial part of the institution, but it must also have the sensitivity to identify changes and how to process them without fanfare, to process them in a prudent manner, but with the firmness that allows the university to be up to date with the challenges that we have before the country and the world,” he expressed.
Subsequently, the elected rector was questioned about whether he has any point to promote once the Federal Executive changes its head, after next year’s elections. Given this, he explained that he believes in investing in education and recognized among the applicants that there is conviction to achieve it.
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“I am convinced that for Mexico to be able to better take advantage of the trends we currently have in the knowledge society worldwide, greater support is required for education, science, technology and culture, in general. “I consider, from what I have seen, from the people who at this moment have the possibility of leading the next government of the republic that there could be a good disposition,” he said.
Leonardo Lomelí was one of the 10 finalists for the UNAM Rectorate (Jesús Abraham Avilés Ortiz/Infobae México)
The doctor in History was also questioned about the protest that occurred around the UNAM Rectory after the announcement by the Governing Board, to which he responded that he thanked and respected the work of the university authorities who allowed more communities could give a comment on the succession.
“Our democracy consists, mainly, of the representation of the different sectors of the population, of the community, through the collegiate bodies that make the most important decisions of the institution and listening to all sectors to build consensus” , he pointed out.
One day after the Federation Expenditure Budget (PEF) 2024 was approved, the rector-elect explained that he hopes to know in the coming days exactly what the budget will be for the highest house of studies, depending on which action will be taken.
“At this moment, I believe, with the resources that the Chamber of Deputies has given us we could carry out our most immediate commitments and moving forward we would see more specific things”
What he did make clear is that he is not in favor of charging fees at UNAM, due to the history that goes back to the university community defending access to free public education.
“I am not in favor of charging fees, I have never been, I think it is a fight that was won a long time ago at the university and that is how we should continue”
Regarding the constant problems that have arisen in the UNAM high schools, Lomelí Vanegas reported that it is one of the issues that worries him the most and with which he will work during his administration.