On April 5 the Peruvian Congress approved a law that prohibits the creation of new universities for two years, that is, until April 2020.
Gestión explained that this consists of an extension of a five-year moratorium which expired in December of 2017. “What is approved today constitutes an extension of the ban on the creation of universities in force since 2013.”, they wrote.
Also, universities that already exist can’t create new subsidiaries until 2020. In this regard, Javier Velásquez Quesquén, from the Apra party, said that the creation of subsidiaries could not be allowed, since it would be contradictory with respect to the moratorium of new universities.
One of the reasons for this measure is that during 2018 it is planned to complete the licensing process of existing universities and in 2019 the Congress will seek to implement a regulation with new requirements for the creation of new universities.
On February, the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR), a university of Spain with an educational proposal completely online, gave a presentation in Peru with the idea to “break apart prejudices” and to meet a “great demand” that exists for this type of education.
UNIR offers 18 undergraduate degrees, 80 university master’s degrees and 65 own degrees since its academic work began in 2008. Already 32,000 students have passed through its virtual classrooms, many of which are Latin American.
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