Humphrey Fellow Natalia Ariza-Ramirez at UC Berkeley CLAS

Natalia Ariza-Ramírez, 2017-18 Humphrey International Fellow (Colombia) at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has started a profesional affiliation with the Center For Latin American Studies –CLAS- of University of California, Berkeley

The main objective of Ms Ariza-Ramirez in CLAS is to achieve greater knowledge of the functioning of the Community Colleges System of the US and contribute, during the period of affiliation, in the achievement of its strategic objectives, studying the case of State of California, in order to identify the principal elements that can be used in the transformation process of the technical and technological education institutions of Colombia within the framework of the implementation of the National System of Tertiary Education -SNET- (Law of the Republic of Colombia No.1753 of June 2015) which will be developed in the National Development Plan of Colombia 2018-2022, document that will have the participation of the Fellow during the spring semester of 2018 as a consultant of the Inter-American Development Bank -IDB-

The mission of the CLAS of UC Berkeley is to inspire new ideas and research by bringing together academics, artists, decision-makers and entrepreneurs from Latin America, the United States, and the world at the University of California, Berkeley, by:
  • hosting public events with leading scholars, policymakers, artists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders from across the Americas;
  • supporting Berkeley faculty and student research; bringing information about Latin America to a wider audience through our website and publications;
  • building a community among Latin American scholars, researchers, students and practitioners.
Natalia is an economist at the National University of Colombia (NUC). She holds a master's degree in Economics Science from NUC with an emphasis on theory and economic policy. Ms. Ariza Ramírez is an expert in the design, execution, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, especially in the education sector, training for work, and employment. She has led the construction of the regulatory and public policy framework of the sectors of work and education over the past 12 years. Ms. Ariza Ramírez served as an independent consultant and Deputy Minister of Higher Education from 2014 to 2016. She has also held management positions in public institutions in Colombia, including the National Apprenticeship Service, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Social Protection and the National Planning Department.
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