Ricardo Cuenca Couple is a social psychologist and doctor from the Autonomous University of Madrid, a well-known promoter of the education reform in the country, director and principal investigator of the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) and Principal Professor of the Education Department of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH).
Throughout his career, and due to his experience in issues related to education, he prepared study and analysis papers where he developed topics of educational reforms and policies, higher education and social inclusion.
Ricardo Cuenca founded the Peruvian Educational Research Society (SIEP) and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) and of the research group educational change for social justice (GICE) from the Autonomous University of Madrid, among other international institutions always related to the educational sector and research development. In Peru, he is also a researcher for the National Council of Science, Technology and Technological Innovation.
He has been an advisor to the ministries of education of Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama, as well as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, Development Bank of Latin America – formerly known as the Andean Development Corporation, UNESCO, among others.
Regarding the performance of the National Superintendence of Higher Education (SUNEDU), in a recent interview with Ideeleradio, Cuenca indicated that there was no reason for Congress to create a commission to investigate SUNEDU. “If the signs of irregularities for which investigative powers are being requested are not quickly shown, then we would be facing clear evidence of obstructionism and defense of private interests. Apparently, there is no reason to make an investigative commission, even more so if there are other mechanisms from Congress to be able to find out what a public body like Sunedu is doing, ”he said.
During the pandemic, Ricardo Cuenca was consulted by RPP Noticas about the reinvention of education in relation to the implementation of distance education in public and private schools. For Cuenca, the teachers redefined the concept of teaching: “They are, conceptually, with the perspective that I need physical presence, in order to teach I need exchanges, I need feedback, I need to evaluate, therefore, those ideas of autonomous work end up being outside, let’s say, the imaginary that teachers have of their work “, he pointed.
After the political crisis due to the resignation of former president Manuel Merino and the great convocation of the national march by young people, Ricardo Cuenca published in his column from the Institute of Peruvian Studies a critique of the distancing from politics and youth. “These are new spaces for political action devoid of conventions and driven by genuine interests to which we must be attentive. Youth is back in politics,” he said.