Postgraduate scholarships abroad deepen development and innovation

Asunción, Agencia IP.- Luisana Sánchez is one of the 1,342 scholarship recipients who returned to Paraguay to pay back her knowledge in the workplace. She is a researcher and completed a master’s degree in Spain through The National Postgraduate Scholarship Program Abroad «Don Carlos Antonio López» (Becal). She stated that the scholarship deepened development and innovation in her field.

The professional specialized in research methodology in social sciences, innovations, and applications at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology of the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Before applying for the scholarship, she was a researcher in training. She is currently an independent consultant and database analyst. She is in charge of creating custom methodologies, and in this way, she generates funds to support her academic activity. During her master’s degree, she specialized in various techniques and technologies for data analysis and conducting population studies.

She believes the Scholarship Program works correctly, and its structure should remain the same. «For me, BECAL already does its best by allowing us to study abroad,» she said.

However, she mentioned that municipalities, governorates, and central government could discuss the structure that the country offers to returned scholarship recipients. She added that a diverse range of professions and specialties are rare in Paraguay, and efforts should be made to provide space for development and innovation.

At another time, the interviewee commented that she aspires to be part of the National Researcher Incentive Program (PRONII), to which she has been applying for three years.

Finally, she pointed out that in Spain, she was researching the educational system and allied herself with a group of people who developed innovations in education in the city of Valencia. They created a sequenced chess to learn from the age of three. Together, they shared the pedagogical methodology of that project and evaluated its implementation in Spanish schools and colleges. Later, she replicated that experience in our country and created a method consistent with the Paraguayan educational system to teach that chess program. She teaches chess to boys and girls independently.

With financing from the Fund for Excellence in Education and Research (FEEI), the Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 2,000 Paraguayan postgraduate students abroad from 2015 to date.