Today the accelerated pace of life that is generated in the world, forces nations to go one step ahead of others, that is free competition. A nation highlighted by its achievements is an important, recognized nation that will always stand out above all.
When thinking about these words, it is necessary to create the science trivia questions: like is scientific education a pillar in the competitiveness of a country?
To which the answer is more than obvious, of course, it is, and not only a pillar, but also one of the main bases of the development of a place technology, and innovations are of paramount importance to the places where they develop.
What is this importance?
Well since the beginning of ancient civilizations, development went hand in hand with technology, which would not have emerged without science.
When thinking about civilizations like the Chinese, the Greeks, the Egyptians, or the glorious Alexandria. What stands out most of them are the inventions that until now are very useful. Both physical objects and studies of great relevance were inheritances of societies that gave merit to the scientists of their time.
If when seeing how in ancient times science was a pillar of the development of nations, today it should not be different. According to Arana’s vision (2005: 311) and the content of professional training, it refers to the culture that it must achieve in order to practice the profession and the development of professional personality. The scientific-technological culture is the way in which the theory and practice of science and technology are organized and developed.
The globalization of the markets, the dominant technological model, the competition between the big economic blocs and the neo-liberal ideology itself, have turned the issue of competitiveness into the core of the strategies of companies, governments, and research institutions.
So before the question of
To Be Or Not To Be Competitive?
The capacity for innovation relies heavily on technology, whose current countenance is the dynamic situation of scientific knowledge.
It is these priorities that explain the transformations in scientific policies and their conversion into innovation policies, which implies a radical transformation in the mode of knowledge production where the application context now appears as the primary and initial one.
For emerging countries today, knowledge development and transmission are a priority, based on the assertion that knowledge is decisive for progress. «What is at stake here is then intelligent productivity, human creativity, the promotion of Colombian science and technology and, therefore, of economic growth, educational quality and Colombian socio-economic and political well-being, in a new civilizing project.
It can be said that within the objectives of scientific education, we have aspects such as:
- The reduction and elimination of illiteracy.
- The generation of educational conditions that foster the necessary techniques, knowledge, values, and skills that increase the possibilities of the population to reach adequate educational levels, without ignoring the principle of equity.
- Education must be in accordance with the needs and social reality of the community to ensure the training of capable individuals. Through this action, it can even be a condition that favors the increase of productivity and competitiveness.