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Externado offered “Innovation in Territorial Public Management” Course to students from Peru

The Finance, Government and International Relations Faculty offered the 40-hour academic event.

During the week of January 15-21, 2018, the Finance, Government and International Relations Faculty hosted 13 Peruvian students of the Masters in Government and Public Management program of the Universidad San Martín de Porres (Lima), and offered a crash course in “Innovation in Territorial Public Management.”

The purpose of the course was to provide participants theoretical and conceptual tools regarding Colombian local governance practices and specificities, with a focus on the case of the city of Bogotá.

During five days, participants had the opportunity learn innovative instruments for the management and governance of the district territory, and study different sectoral policies, chosen for their relevance and comparative interest.

For Walter Machado Salavarría, one of the participants, the experience allowed him to learn more about the Colombia and Peru territorial models and make a comparison on the advances that stand out in both countries.

“For me, participating in the course offered by the Externado de Colombia University was a great experience. There were many stories and references on how large changes in modernity and urbanism had taken place in the cities of Medellín and Bogotá. My surprise was great when I found a territorial model different from the one in my country, which although having many similarities, also has much to copy.  I fell in love with Colombia and its people,” he added.

Throughout the five theoretical modules and an equal number of visits to institutions and different areas of Bogotá, the course provided participants elements for understanding the challenges involved in the governance of a Capital city, such as the Colombian, based on a decentralization scheme, to ensure efficient management in various sectors.