In the Tumaco Region in Colombia a new campus for the National University of Colombia will be built with support of the ORIO programme. On Tuesday November 29 the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Colombian Minister of education, the Dutch ambassador in Bogotá and the rector of the National University.
The University is located in a former FARC area. Due to the armed conflict in the region the quality of education was lower than in other regions. In order to provide improved education to this disadvantaged region, the agreement includes the following arrangements:
• designing a curriculum which is appropriate for the region;
• introducing an online education system, which is comparable to other national universities.
For the coming years the campus offers room for over 5000 students; in the long term this number will grow to over 13,000. The campus is expected to increase the number of educated people in this impoverished region. The campus will provide young people with an opportunity to escape poverty and will have a direct effect on entrepreneurship and business activity in a region that has long suffered under armed conflict.