The Higher Education Center for Ethics, Equity and Transparency (HECEET) is a USAID-sponsored project developed by Rutgers University-Camden and the National University of Asuncion. The center aims to strengthen Paraguay’s capacity to build and sustain public and private structures based on transparency, ethics and equity in all sectors of society.

HECEET constitutes a national mechanism to reach critical sectors of the country, including university teachers, academic leaders, university students, young professionals, primary and secondary education leaders, elected and non-elected government officials and authorities, and underrepresented and vulnerable citizens.

  • Share and promote EET best practices among government, higher education institutions, schools and secondary education institutions, NGOs and the general public.
  • Promote a discussion among multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary communities about their experiences related to EET and the adoption of best practices within their environments.
  • Engage and generate a critical mass of multidisciplinary sectors committed to EET values to become advocates, leaders and ambassadors.
  • Position HECEET as the first national anchor from Higher Education in Paraguay to address issues of government corruption, transparency, public accountability, equity, equality, and civic role through capacity building and strengthening.
  • Strengthen the strategic and governance capacity of the UNA to institutionalize this effort within the organizational fabric of the university to ensure long-term sustainability and relevance.

We envision HECEET as a catalyst for transformation that anchors Paraguay's quest for an ethical, equitable and transparent society where access to justice, due process and fair laws and processes are fundamental.

Message from the Director

Globally, corruption, unethical behavior and inequity represent major obstacles to achieving rigorous democracy, economic wealth, and human well-being for all. Our countries are currently facing three crises that stand in the way of progress and prosperity: i) a pandemic that has impacted all sectors of society globally and presents enormous challenges to security, human health, welfare, education and the role of government; ii) inequality and lack of social inclusion that marginalizes entire sectors of the population; iii) an economic recession that is leaving millions of people out of work and generating immense inequalities between countries.

Paraguay has been working on systemic processes to democratize its society and create public structures sustained by ethics, transparency, equity and the rule of law.

Universities play an important role in building the capacity of citizens as they assume the role of developers of human capital, discoverers of new practices and disseminators of knowledge through teaching, learning, research and extension.

The Higher Education Center for Ethics, Equity and Transparency (HECEET) emerges as an opportunity to complement the institutional mission of UNA, and to be an anchor for an initiative aimed at optimizing the capacity of four sectors: government and legislative officials, K-12 school leaders, private sector and NGOs, and Higher Education leadership, including the National University of Asuncion. HECEET is evolving as the vehicle and platform to strengthen Paraguay’s capacity to build and sustain a new society that builds a new order that is anchored in values and a collective commitment to a just society with the capacity to preserve the «common good» and capitalize on its resources to innovate, discover, build capacity and solve problems.

We envision HECEET as a catalyst for transformation that anchors Paraguay’s quest for an ethical, equitable and transparent society where access to justice, due process and fair laws and processes are fundamental. And what better place than the University to lead this effort in collaboration with government and legislative officials and public institutions, the K-12 sector, NGOs and the private sector. This level of multi-sectoral engagement is at the core of our work as we implement a series of programs that will highlight ways in which we can strengthen civil society in Paraguay. We invite everyone to participate in the change and innovative practices that are the foundations of democratic society where participation, partnerships and the rule of law become the anchors for progress.


Collaboration between Rutgers and UNA

Higher Education is well suited to lead any transformation effort in Paraguay. Addressing issues of corruption and ethics as part of the overall transformation of the University’s governance structure is a critical issue. Strengthening the institutional and academic capacity of the National University of Asuncion is a central element of HECEET’s strategy.

The UNA, as a centennial public university, positioned as a national reference in Higher Education which plays a transcendental role in the process of building a culture of lawfulness, in accordance with its institutional mission. 

 In coordination with Rutgers, UNA, in compliance with the objectives of HECEET, develops a variety of coordinated actions with a multidisciplinary vision, focused on strengthening and sustaining the capacity to lead the fight against corruption having a positive impact on society. At the core of efforts to strengthen EET are:

  • Embedding EET practices at the academic leadership level.
  • Inspiring innovation regarding EET at the research level.
  • Integrating knowledge of EET into the curriculum and teaching.
  • Disseminating EET through broad multi-sectoral participation and outreach (civic engagement).

HECEET Advisory Committee

Committee President 

James Spalding,


Universidad Nacional de

Asunción (UNA)

Prof. Dra. Zully Vera de Molinas,

Chancellor of the UNA

Universidad Nacional de

Asunción (UNA)

Prof. Dr. Miguel Torres Ñumbay,

Chancellor of the UNA

Universidad Nacional de

Asunción (UNA)

Mgtr. Yonny J. Álvarez Insfrán,

General Project Manager

Universidad Nacional de

Asunción (UNA)

Prof. Luz María Martínez Villanueva,

General Academic Director

Secretaría de la Función


Cristina Bogado,


National Institute of Higher Education 


Prof. Dra. Claudelina Martin Gibbons,

General Director

National Institute of Higher Education 


Prof. Lic. Maria Luz Miranda,

Academic Director

National Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education 


Dr. Raúl Aguilera,



Andrea Picaso,

General Coordinator

Ministry of Finance

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala,

Senior Policy Advisor for Social Programs and Innovation/Founder of Paraguay Educa


Eduardo Felippo,



Fátima Andrada, Lawyer, Rule of Law

District Court of

New Jersey

Hon. Noel Hillman, U.S. District Judge

United States Embassy, Paraguay

Jazmín A. Ramírez A,

Assistant for Cultural Affairs