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The Community shields the public university to get the support of the governing law

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The Community shields the public university to get the support of the governing law

The new text toughens requirements for creation of private centers, is committed to keeping rates "affordable" and limits social councils

Cifuentes wants to eradicate inbreeding university

"public Service university". These three words, repeated ad nauseum in last version of Draft Law on Space of Madrid, of Higher Education (Lemes), are magic formula with which Government of Community of Madrid will attempt to unclog processing of this new regulatory framework. That strengning of public character of campus regional was main objection put in by rectors when, at end of may, made public ir opposition to project.

it was Not only one. Demanded also harden requirements for creation of private universities, which is displayed explicitly basic funding that should have public facilities and limit access to it from private sources, which limit capacity of control of Social Councils, qeu could be ensured on a policy of rates for affordable for students...

well, all se amendments are included, almost without exception, in document that Government of Cristina Cifuentes gave last September 8, Conference of Rectors of Universities of Madrid (CRUMA). With this new version, ministry of Education hopes to obtain a more or less explicit support of both maximum responsible as a university student, trade unions, social councils, private schools... Groups, all of m, who have participated in maturation of project in its two years of operation.

For moment, has already secured acquiescence of vice-chancellors. This time we have not made a public statement but, as president of CRUMA, rector of Polytechnic University of Madrid, Guillermo Cisneros, has sent a letter to counselor Rafael van Grieken acknowledging efforts made to include ir suggestions and give ir consent for draft make leap to Assembly of Madrid to parliamentary groups will continue to improve document.

In reality, Lemes was always at center of its target, intent modernize and improve quality of public service offered by campus of region in line with policies that so good results have given Catalan universities in past few years: programs to attract faculty from among best at international level; to recognize and encourage centres of regional research with best results; allow a portion of staff dedicated preferentially to teaching and research in place of everyone to do everything; foster classroom innovation and teaching, bilingualism...

Although with nuances of diverse consideration, all se measures remain engine of Lemes. However, before you continue on your path to parliamentary approval, law has had to incorporate following modifications. The goal: to haggle with opposition of chancellors, that y needed to insulate mselves against suspicions of left university, always quick to spot intentions privatization.

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES

The new document hardens requirements for creation of centers, a measure that particularly affects small campus private. In previous document was only required to impart a 10 degree or master's degree and at least some phd within two years from creation of university.

Now is specified to range of training courses minimum must include six degrees, four masters and at least 2,400 credits between se two levels, in addition to a doctorate within three years. In addition, campus is private "must have organs of representation of students whose choice will be democratic", as well as plans to develop his research work and transfer of knowledge, often forgotten in campus private.

Finally, for comfort of CRUMA, it is noted that "public calls competitive and incentive programs" that aims to launch Community within its financing plans to can only rely on "public universities".

FUNDING

rectors did not seem wrong to split public transfers in a part intended to cover basic needs of universities and or variable that would be shared in function of compliance quality objectives related to innovation in teaching, employability of students, quality of research work... Among or things, because already re have been previous experiences in region with a two-way street.

In contrast, believed it necessary to qeu Community is to wet and to leave in writing some commitment on what it considers core funding. In new document stipulates that "in concepts of nominal grant and investment of each public university shall apply as a minimum [income] for year 2011, unless y are more advantageous to university, figures corresponding to year 2017".

Also, it is accurate that se funding commitments will be finalised with each university in programme-contracts reviewable every five years that Community will not be able to withdraw "unilaterally" in case of "severe budget constraints", as said in previous draft, but of mutual agreement. Finally, draft stipulates that new funding model "should be established in a period not exceeding six months from entry into force of this act."

TIPS SOCIAL

unlike first draft, this organ of participation of society (companies, institutions, trade unions...) in society andwill not be "attached to unit responsible for internal audit of university" or act on this matter "with technical autonomy in respect of remaining organs university."

That formula is replaced by this or: "[The social councils] agreed upon with governing council of public universities procedure to determine identity of auditor of accounts, scope of its activity and terms of its mandate".

GROUPS AND CENTERS OF HIGH-PERFORMANCE

The Community is intended to provide recognition and incentives to groups and scientific centres from madrid that get better results researchers. However, rectors were concerned that regional Government intended to concentrate resources in scientific structures of newly minted and condemn ostracism to that already exist in campus.

In that sense, new wording of wording makes it clear that it will seek "seals of quality" to which you will be able to choose all of groups and centers that so request and meet requirements set out" in Lemes. Also, by changes made, it seems clear that se groups and centres will lose some of its initial "autonomy of management" with regard to rectors and or levels of government of universities.

DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR

One of great purposes of Lemes was to create a category of teachers that would incorporate professors and foreign researchers bright at margin of bureaucratic and slow via civil service. is The nomenclature chosen was initially a "visiting professor doctor", but this figure aroused misgivings in university unions, because campus has been used in recent years to precarizar templates teachers.

refore, Community bet now by a mixture of figure of a visiting professor recognized in Law of Universities and as distinguished professor included in Law of Science. In addition, your retribution "will match, at a minimum, corresponding to body of teachers holders of university".

RATES

Anor of issues that were of concern to rectors in connection with shielding of higher education as a "public service" is that draft law does not include any commitment to containment of rates or with equal opportunities. In new wording, Community undertakes to establish "a policy of public prices and fees are affordable to allow access and continuity of university studies to all students regardless of ir economic resources".

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