Act 1611 2013

Original Language Title: LEY 1611 de 2013

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ACT 1611 2013
(January 2)
Official Gazette No. 48661 of January 2, 2013 CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC

Through which the "Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas approved and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain ", signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on 4 December 2010. Summary

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THE CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC
having regard to the text of the "Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain", signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on December 4, 2010.
(to be transliterated: true and complete copy is attached in Castilian of that instrument, certified by the Coordinator of the Internal Working Group of the Department of international Legal Affairs, Ministry Foreign document rests in the archives of the Ministry).
AGREEMENT MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF TITLES AND DEGREES OF UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA AND
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN
The Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, hereinafter "the Parties"
in furtherance of the provisions of Article IV of the Cultural Agreement between Colombia and Spain signed on 11 April 1953, which refers to the Recognition of Academic Degrees between the two high Contracting Parties;
In accordance with Article 1d) of the Protocol of Educational and Cultural Cooperation, member of the General Treaty of Cooperation and Friendship of 29 October 1992;
Motivated by the desire to develop relations between the peoples of both countries and cooperate in the areas of Education, Culture and Science;
In accordance with the statement made on the occasion of the I Iberoamerican Ministerial Meeting of Innovation and Knowledge held in Estoril in November 2009;
Recognizing the progress made since the First Ibero-American Meeting of Ministers of Education; and
Given the Lisbon Declaration adopted at the XIX Ibero-American Conference on Education, particularly in promoting the cooperation of national systems of evaluation and accreditation of the quality of higher education in the region, aiming to promote the establishment of flexible mechanisms for mutual recognition of study periods, degrees and diplomas,
have agreed as follows: Article I.
PURPOSE aND SCOPE.
The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate the mutual recognition of studies, degrees, diplomas and degrees of higher education that have officially valid in the education system of each of the Parties.
For the purposes of this Agreement shall mean the official validity recognition granted by a Party to studies at institutions of higher education of the other State educational system, with institutional accreditation or academic programs.
This Agreement applies to studies that have official validity in the educational system of each of the parties and the certificates, diplomas and degrees attesting to such studies under the legal systems of each of the Parties.

ARTICLE II. RECOGNITION OF DEGREES AND DEGREES.
The Parties recognize and validate awarded diplomas and degrees of university education provided by universities and higher education institutions authorized and officially recognized by the governments of the issuing country, through the respective official bodies, being in Colombia Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Education Spain or universities if it is graduate degrees.
This recognition that such securities shall always keep equivalence in credits and / or verification or accreditation provided with current by the respective accreditation agencies or bodies at the level of programs or institutions, being in the Republic of Colombia, the National Council Accreditation and the Kingdom of Spain, the University Council prior assessment of the National Agency for Quality assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) or dependent rating agencies of the autonomous communities enabled by the Spanish legislation.

ARTICLE III. BILATERAL TECHNICAL COMMISSION.

In order to address all the issues raised by the implementation of this Agreement, a Technical Bilateral Commission composed of five to seven members, appointed respectively by each of the Parties, intended to develop a comprehensive table of equivalence would be established and accreditations will meet at the request of one of the parties, as often as it deems necessary to accomplish the intended target.
The Committee shall meet within ninety (90) days following the date for the exchange of instruments of ratification days.

ARTICLE IV. EFFECTS OF RECOGNITION.
The recognition of qualifications under this Agreement have the effect that each Party confers its own officers titles, except for those securities that are linked to the exercise of regulated professions, for which it will be necessary, in addition to meeting the regulations that each country imposes on its nationals, according to the legal regulations for each profession, undergo specific recognition procedures in force in each of the Parties.

ARTICLE V. PROSECUTION STUDIES.
The complete studies at the top level in one of the signatories of this Agreement shall be recognized in the other for the purpose of continuing studies.
The competent authorities under the law in each of the Parties may admit graduates under the educational system of the other Party for conducting official postgraduate studies, after verification that the titles correspond to an equivalent level of training that entitle each party to access to these studies, without prior recognition, provided that the requirements demanded access in accordance with the provisions of the respective domestic laws are met.
Admission to these studies do not constitute recognition of the previous degree obtained in the other Party or its recognition for purposes other than postgraduate studies. Surpassed
corresponding postgraduate studies, diplomas obtained shall be fully valid and official purposes.

ARTICLE VI. UPDATE OR CORRECTION OF INFORMATION.
Each Party shall notify the other, through diplomatic channels modifications or changes in the higher education system of their respective countries.
The Parties also agree to keep updated on the official website of the accrediting agency or instrumentality to declare the officers of the titles, the publication of the list of qualifications and any rectification and / or update to occur in the same.
For this purpose, in the Annex to this Agreement information on the structure of university studies of each of the Parties is collected.

ARTICLE VII. AGREEMENTS BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES.
The Parties shall also endeavor to conclude agreements between their universities for the development of official programs and joint Postgraduate Degree. The development, requirements and approval of these programs are conducted in accordance with the legislation of each of the Parties.

ARTICLE VIII. COMPLIANCE WITH THE AGREEMENT AND SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES.
The provisions of this Agreement shall prevail over any other force in the field Agreement between the Parties to the date of its entry into force.
The Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure compliance with this Agreement by all interested institutions in the respective countries.
In case of dispute between the parties regarding the interpretation or application of this Agreement, the Parties shall consult to resolve the dispute through friendly negotiation.

ARTICLE IX. ENTRY INTO FORCE.
This Agreement shall enter into force on the date the Contracting Parties shall reciprocally communicate their approval in accordance with domestic laws.

ARTICLE X. DURATION OF THE AGREEMENT.
This Agreement is concluded for a period of five years, after which it will be tacitly extended for equal periods may denounce either Parties through diplomatic channels that take effect one year after the respective notification.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorized by their respective Governments, have signed this Agreement.
Signed in Mar del Plata (Argentina), four (4) days of December 2010, in two original texts being equally authentic.
For the Government of the Republic of Colombia
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin
CUÉLLAR.
For the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, ar
The Minister of Education, Ángel Gabilondo
PUJOL.
ANNEX.

1. Descriptions Table university studies in Spain and Colombia
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA * KINGDOM OF SPAIN
Undergraduate Programs: Professional Technical: between 65 and 75 credits; Technologist: between 95 and 105 aca-demic credits, Professional Programs : Between 4 and 5 years; between 150 and 170 academic credits ** First Cycle. Grade: 4-year, 240 ECTS
Graduate Programs: Specializations: Between 25-32 Créditos.Maestría ***: Between 50 to 60 créditosSegundo cycle: Master: between 1 to 2 years duration, 60-120 ECTS
Doctorate: between 80-100 credits. Third Cycle: Doctor
* The credit ranges are presented as a trend in the Colombian higher education system, however, higher education institutions under its university autonomy be set higher or lower than credits range taking into account the academic activities that define the institution for the training process of the student.
** One credit equals 48 hours of student academic work, which includes hours with direct support of teachers and hours of independent work that the student must devote to conducting research activities, or other practices that are necessary to achieve the learning goals.
*** The Masters in Colombia require the presentation by the student of a research paper.
2. describing their educational structure / scheme titles of both countries
For the purpose of information and clarification systems is given below summarizes educational regime and titles of the two countries systems.
Both Parties may exchange information on their respective educational systems, both through the Bilateral Technical Commission provided for in Article III of this Agreement and through diplomatic channels, by Note Verbale to expand and update this summary.

REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA Undergraduate Studies

Technical Education Technical and Vocational Education meets the technical training with professional practice ensuring objective and mastery of technical procedures. These studies allow to obtain the title of "Professional Technician ...".

Technology education includes Technological Education towards implementation and practice of knowledge in a group of professional activities technological training. These studies allow to obtain the title of "Technologist ...".

University Professional Training programs Professional University (between 150 and 170 academic credits), prepare for professional practice in multiple fields that require more complex skills and more importantly, own hourly intensity of a profession or discipline scientific or technological nature and in the field of human sciences, fine arts and philosophy. These studies allow to obtain the title of "University Professional ...".
Titles Technologist Professional Technical training and enable people to exercise professions in Colombia, after fulfilling the required conditions when this exercise is regulated by law, as is the case of health-related titles, law, accounting, engineering, etc.
Decree 1295 of 2010 provides:

specialization programs Institutions of higher education can offer professional programs, technological or professional technical expertise, according to their academic. These programs are aimed at deepening own knowledge of an area of ​​occupation, discipline or profession concerned, the development of specific skills for improvement and higher qualifications for job performance.

Medical and surgical specialisms are programs that allow the doctor to deepen in a specific area of ​​knowledge of medicine and acquire the knowledge, skills and advanced skills for patient care at different stages of their life cycle with diseases of different organ systems that require specialized care, which is achieved through a process of teaching and learning theory that is part of the curriculum, and practical compliance with the service time at the sites of care practices and intervention in a number of appropriate cases to ensure the achievement of the powers sought by the program.
In accordance with Article 247 of Law 100 of 1993, these programs have an equivalent to master's programs treatment. Master's programs


Master's programs are intended to expand and develop skills for solving disciplinary, interdisciplinary or professional problems and give the person the basic tools that enable a researcher in a specific area of ​​science or technology or allow deeper theoretical and conceptually in a field of philosophy, humanities and arts. Master's programs may be deepening or research or both modalities cover under a single registration.
The modalities should be differentiated by the type of research to be performed, in the distribution of working hours with direct and independent support and academic activities to be developed by the student.
The deepening mastery of advanced development seeks powers enabling troubleshooting or analyzing particular situations of disciplinary character, interdisciplinary or professional, through assimilation or appropriation of knowledge, methodologies and, as appropriate, scientific, technological and artistic developments. Research expertise should seek the development of scientific expertise and advanced research training or creation to generate new knowledge, technological processes or works or artistic performances of cultural interest, as appropriate.
The research work of the first, may be directed to applied research, case study, or the creation or documented interpretation of an artistic work, depending on the nature of the program.
The second should demonstrate the scientific, disciplinary or researcher own creative skills, artistic creator or interpreter. Doctoral programs

A doctoral program aims to train researchers able to perform autonomously and guide academic and research processes in a specific area of ​​knowledge and develop, strengthen and deepen competences of this level deformation.
The results of student research training at this level should contribute to progress in science, technology, humanities or the arts.

KINGDOM OF SPAIN UNIVERSITY EDUCATION Bachelor studies
:
First Cycle: Official University Degrees
The first cycle of university studies will include basic general education and teaching, along with other oriented preparation for the exercise of professional activities.
The total number of credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System ECTS credits) of the teaching and academic activities leading to the award of the official degree is, in general, of 240 credits (4 years). Graduate Degree

Second cycle: Master official title
The second cycle of university studies will aim at advanced training, specialized or multidisciplinary, aimed at an academic or professional specialization, or to promote the initiation of research activities.
University studies of second cycle leading to the obtaining of the official title of Master shall have a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 120 (between 1 and 2 years).
Third cycle: Doctorate degree
The third cycle of university studies will aim student advanced training in research techniques, may include courses, seminars and other activities aimed at research training, and will include the preparation and presentation of the corresponding doctoral thesis, consisting of an original research work.
Is required the master's degree or a minimum of 60 credits Graduate To access doctoral studies, and have a minimum of 300 credits (5 years) between undergraduate and postgraduate.
3. Accreditation and Qualifications in Colombia and Spain

REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA Decree 2150 of 1995, abolished the state registration of securities, and decided that this function corresponds to the higher education institutions legally recognized by the State . To this end the institutions should record the registration number of the certificate and the degree certificate.
In the National Information System of Higher Education, the registration of higher education institutions legally authorized to offer and develop academic programs of higher education is carried, as well as programs that constitute its educational offer.
Access to the system is public via the link: http
:
KINGDOM OF SPAIN //www.mineducacion.gov.co/sistemasdeinformacion/1735/channel.html

The current legislation on university education has created the Register of Universities, Centres and Titles (RUCT), established by Royal Decree 1509/2008, of September 12, article 1 which determines its public nature and type of recorded information:
1. It has public administrative record and character.
2. Be entered in the RUCT, universities and university centers, university degrees of official and valid throughout the national territory, established in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of 29 October, laying establishes the planning of official university education.
3. updated information on the Spanish university system, for which the relevant data relating to Universities, Centres and Titles are recorded in the same be included.
RUCT All information is available on the website of the Ministry of Education on the link: I https://www.educacion.es/ruct/home.do
The Coordinator signed the Internal Working Group treaties of the Directorate of international legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia CERTIFICA
:
that the reproduction of text above is true and complete copy of the Spanish language version of "mutual recognition Agreement titles and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain ", signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on December 4, 2010, a document that is on file with the Internal Group Working Treaty Directorate of International Legal Affairs of the Ministry.
Given in Bogotá, DC, eight (8) days of July two thousand eleven (2011).
The Coordinator of Internal Working Group Treaty, Department of International Legal Affairs, Alejandra Valencia
GARTNER. RAMA

PUBLIC POWER EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
Bogotá, DC, July 19, 2011
authorized. Submit for consideration by the honorable Congress for constitutional purposes.
(Sgd.)
CALDERON JUAN MANUEL SANTOS Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of the functions of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
(Sgd.) Monica Lanzetta Mutis.
DECREES: Article 1.
. To approve the "Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain", signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on December 4, 2010. || | Article 2.. In accordance with the provisions of article 1 of Law 7 of 1944, the "Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain," signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on December 4, 2010, that article 1 of this law is passed, they will force the State from the date on which the international link is perfected with respect thereto.
Article 3o. This law applies from the date of publication.
Given in Bogotá, DC, ... honorable Presented to Congress by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of National Education.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin
CUÉLLAR.
The Minister of National Education, FERNANDA CAMPO SAAVEDRA
Mary. RAMA

PUBLIC POWER EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
Bogotá, DC, July 19, 2011
authorized. Submit to the consideration of the honorable Congress for constitutional purposes.
(Sgd.)
CALDERON JUAN MANUEL SANTOS Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs in charge of the functions of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
(Sgd.) Monica Lanzetta Mutis.
DECREES: Article 1.
. To approve the "Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain", signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on December 4, 2010. || | Article 2.. In accordance with the provisions of article 1 of Law 7 of 1944, the "Agreement on mutual recognition of diplomas and degrees of university education between the Government of the Republic of Colombia and the Government of the Kingdom of Spain," signed in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on December 4, 2010, that article 1 of this law is passed, they will force the State from the date on which the international link is perfected with respect thereto.
Article 3o. This law applies from the date of publication.

The President of the honorable Senate,
Roy Barreras Montealegre.
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate,
GREGORIO Eljach PACHECO.
The President of the honorable House of Representatives,
AUGUSTO POSADA SÁNCHEZ.
The Secretary General of the honorable House of Representatives,
JORGE HUMBERTO SERRANO MANTILLA.
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA - NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
transmittal and enforcement.
Run, after review by the Constitutional Court, pursuant to Article 241-10 of the Constitution.
Given in Bogotá, DC, on January 2, 2013.

CALDERON JUAN MANUEL SANTOS Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of the functions of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs,
MÓNICA LANZETTA MUTIS.
The Deputy Minister Preschool, Basic and Secondary Education Ministry, in charge of the functions of the Office of the Minister of National Education,
ROXANA OF SEGOVIA ANGELES CABRALES.

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