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Getting Dominican universities into international educational rankings is a priority of the Higher Education Minister Franklin García Fermín. García Fermín is a former rector of the state UASD university. In an interview with El Dia, he said the new administration is backing the university research programs sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education. The programs began in the past administration. The Ministry is backing 250 research programs under higher education centers nationwide.

García Fermín said most of the scientific research is carried out at the state UASD university, and the privately owned Madre y Maestra Catholic University (PUCMM), the Technology Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC) and the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National University (UNPHU).

The budget for these from RD$222 million in 2020 was raised to RD$338 million for 2021 by the new...

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