On June 4, President Ivan Duque announced the appointment of Tito José Cristian Borrero as the new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. However, this weekend, the country’s Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences sent a statement to the public rejecting this classification.
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The new head of the portfolio is 45 years old, a native of Barranquilla, a triple player and a polyglot. He is a business director from the Graduate School of Management and an MBA from the University of Miami and in Education from the University of Del Norte.
He is also a member of science and technology organizations and since 2005 has served as President of the Universidad de la Costa.
He held positions such as the presidency of the Colombian Association of Institutions of Higher Education in the Caribbean (Asiesca), he was the legal representative of the Caribbean Route, a board member of the Colombian Association of Universities (Ascún) and participated as a consultant to business associations.
Likewise, his 13 years of investigative experience in areas such as curriculum management, entrepreneurship education, good governance and education quality management has been reviewed, according to his resume at CvLac.
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In 2011 he was a candidate for interior in the Atlantic, and his closeness to the U.S. party has been noted.
However, the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences expressed its “surprise and disappointment at the appointment of Mr. Tito Cressian to the position of
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation with this in mind
They indicated their confirmed participation in theft of academic documents.”
They added: “This designation sends a very negative message to society.
Colombian, especially for the new generations, by ignoring
Unethical practices have been rejected worldwide by the scientific community and المجتمع
Facing the accusations, the new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation told EL TIEMPO that there is currently no proven plagiarism for him. On the contrary, his name and that of other authors were included without permission in some of the articles by Professor Amelec Viloria, prompting Springer Publishing to file a retraction note, which is still on its website.
“The moment they send us retraction requests, we realize that several authors have been included without our permission,” Christian said, adding that he immediately requested that his name be withdrawn from these publications by providing relevant evidence, a process that began in September last year. This is because the publisher’s ignorance led to the initiation of legal proceedings against the entity with the law firm Boden Rechtsanwalte (see more on the controversy here: Nuevo Minciencias responds to accusations of plagiarism)
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