Tito Crissien

Tito José Crissien Borrero, new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation

(Born in Barranquilla-Atlántico, 1975). He is a Senior Researcher recognized by Colciencias, has published 31 scientific articles in SCOPUS and Web of Science, directs the Educational Management group and is pursuing doctoral studies in Mining and Materials Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Miami, a master’s degree in Education from Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla; Business Administrator from Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración – C.E.S.A, Bogotá, and is fluent in 4 languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

As Chancellor of Universidad de la Costa in Barranquilla (since 2005), he led processes to form integral citizens who seek to transform society through sustainable development, based on research and innovation, areas that he considers of vital importance for the country’s progress. His professional practice has profiled him as a pragmatic and innovative leader, with the ability to successfully analyze the critical aspects of an organization, identify deficiencies and potential opportunities, and develop innovative solutions to improve competitiveness, increase efficiency and optimize the supply of services to the user.

Among the most relevant achievements of his tenure as the highest academic director of Universidad de la Costa, it is worth highlighting the achievement of High-Quality Institutional Accreditation by the National Accreditation Council and the Colombian Ministry of Education; the High-Quality Accreditation of 9 undergraduate programs; obtaining the Qualified Registration from the Ministry of Education for 6 doctoral programs and Qualified Registration for 17 Master’s Degrees.

Under his direction, the institution entered the Times Higher Education (THE) Latin America ranking at position #95; achieved position #103 in the Scimago Institutions Rankings Latin America; and managed the publication of more than 1,000 (one thousand) scientific articles in SCOPUS.

His extensive experience in education and research management has allowed him to incorporate to his professional career outstanding appointments as Representative of Private Universities, of the Collegial Body of Administration and Decision -OCAD (since 2020) and member of the Board of Directors of the Colombian Association of Universities, since 2018.

Tito José Crissien Borrero was chancellor of the Latin American University Corporation -CUL, of Barranquilla (2007 – 2013); technical secretary of the Association of Higher Education Institutions of the Atlantic Coast – ASIESCA (2006 – 2010) and secretary of Planning of the Governorate of Atlántico (2003).

Before becoming chancellor of Universidad de la Costa -CUC, he served as general secretary (2002 – 2003) and director of Planning of this educational institution (2001 – 2002).

The discipline, perseverance and perseverance that characterize his professional practice also allowed him to become a high-performance athlete as a marathon runner, triathlete and competitor in multisport Ironman and Ultraman races; personal qualities that will guide his performance as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation to make science available and accessible to all.