Tito Crissien

“We have the great mission of bringing science to everyone”: Tito José Crissien Borrero, new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation


The President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, inaugurated this Tuesday the new minister of science, technology and innovation, Tito José Crissien Borrero, who will have the challenge of putting knowledge at the service of social needs and of the new generations throughout the country.

Crissien Borrero is a Business Administrator from the College of Higher Studies in Administration – CESA, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with International Business certification from the University of Miami, a Master of Education from the Universidad del Norte and a PhD candidate from the School of Business of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

Bogotá, June 22, 2021 (@MincienciasCo). Before the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, the new Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Tito José Crissien Borrero, took office today, who will have the task of advancing in the implementation of projects that strengthen the training of children, youth and women , to promote knowledge in the regions. & nbsp; </p>

During the inauguration ceremony, President Duque highlighted Crissien’s managerial capacity, his management in the Colombian academy and in the country’s Science, Technology and Innovation System through the Collegiate Body of Administration and Decision, OCAD.

President Duque indicated that it is of vital importance “the transversality of functions with other portfolios, with the private sector and the network of universities in the country, added also to the availability that the System has today through the OCADs, so that we can achieve our goal of exceeding 1% of GDP in investment made throughout the country, in science, technology and innovation ”.

Another challenge for Minister Crissien will be to design strategies that allow Minciencias to position itself as a benchmark at a national and international level in the face of the fourth industrial revolution, in terms of economic, social and scientific development in order to achieve the scientific sovereignty necessary for face public health situations like those the world is currently experiencing with COVID-19.

The Head of State added that “I have no doubt that his managerial and practical knowledge and of the country’s Science, Technology and Innovation System will lead us to the fact that in about 14 or 13 months of government that we have ahead, we will be able to give him the procedure, once the ruling of the Constitutional Court for the formal creation of the ministry and its validity over time has been issued ”.

In the inauguration ceremony, the president invited the new minister to promote scientific production and doctorates so that research in Colombia is at the top of the development agenda for the coming years.

Since 2005 Crissien Borrero had been serving as rector of the Universidad de la Costa, CUC. He has extensive experience in higher education management and research, an area that he has strongly promoted from the different sectors and entities in which he has worked.

“It is a great responsibility that I am assuming as of today, but I have the support of the universities, of all the higher education institutions of Colombia that are here represented by my side. We have the great mission of bringing science to everyone , as the motto of the Ministry of Sciences says. Science must reach every corner of Colombia, every village; we must bring science to all people, especially to be the youth minister, “said the minister.

For the holder of the science portfolio, the work articulated between academia, business, society and the State will allow to achieve innovation models to be more competitive. Crissien announced that economic reactivation is a priority for Minciencias and therefore the project approval processes will be streamlined. “We are going to open new calls with great resources, about 1 billion pesos to execute in science, technology and innovation projects,” he said.

Finally, he stressed that in its administration, programs will be prioritized so that young people see science as a life option, will give continuity and support to ancestral knowledge and will seek to promote basic sciences.