The president of the Community, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, said today that the regional government adopted a decree on new qualifications "necessary and appropriate for the coordination of the universities in the Community," which will "more rigor and better planning when to implement new teaching university consistent with the needs of society. "
He said that "we are determined to make the system transparent and objective procedures for the approval of new undergraduate and Master's teachings, and the creation of centers under the new management system of university education, with the utmost respect for university autonomy. "
The chief executive was speaking Murcia in the act of taking possession of the rector of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Felix Faure, and equipment of the Board, at a ceremony held in the auditorium of the university.
This decree, said the president, "has the backing of the three universities in the region and with the support of the parliamentary groups of the Regional Assembly," which is brief, the university remit of regional government, the stable university funding agreement for 2007-2011, "which has allowed an increase in provisions for investments of 74 percent over the previous five years and 49.5 percent in general operating grants for universities" he added.
In this regard, Valcárcel showed the Government's commitment to regional public universities, "our willingness to collaborate with their teams of government and ministerial officials to make our university system, a reference in Spain and Europe."
This, said the president, "will be a joint effort to allow us to improve funding and increase the rigor in implementing new teaching."
In his speech, the Chief Executive highlighted the work done by the current president Felix Faure, who reprises his office, "for his outstanding work in the construction of a new university, overcoming difficult times and understanding with other universities in the system regional, and the determination to make this university a technological reference and class innovation. "
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Begins a new period in the Polytechnic "where dreams are renewed, they put up new projects and start back to work for a better future for this university and all the regional university system, because the improvement of universities is increasing competitiveness of our region, based on knowledge and innovation, "said Valcarcel.
To this end, he recalled the president, the regional government has also launched the Science and Technology in the Region of Murcia 2007-2010, budgetary support to help increase investment in science and knowledge, "and the University has much to say and contribute to this initiative will take off in science and innovation in our region, without forgetting that the university funding plan includes explicit support for technological research, in the case of the University of more than 5 million euros, Murcia and in the 6-million. "
All these data show strong and lasting commitment of regional government with the public universities in the region, which will also permit, Valcarcel said, "that short-term completion of the construction of the new Faculty of Sciences of the Company in Old Barracks Seamanship Instruction, the redevelopment of the School of Mines and Naval, and equipping of new laboratories for research. "
To Valcárcel, we entered a decisive stage for universities marked by adaptation to the European Higher Education and Research, "a challenge" called, "but also a unique opportunity to transform the university system, through reflection and agreement from the transparency and accountability, from the commitment and collective effort of everyone: students, teachers, administrative staff and services, government and social sectors. "
The allocations for adaptation to the European Higher Education and Research, said the president, "have been reduced very substantially, which together with the loss of investment financing, via structural funds, has forced the autonomous communities , and the Region of Murcia in particular an added financial stress, as reflected in the above-mentioned funding agreement for 2007-2011. "
But against these odds, the president expressed the commitment of the Autonomous Community to support public universities and establishing commitments with the Government of Spain to improve their salaries.
In this regard, he recalled that Murcia is the first in Spain in terms of investment in public universities and one place above the national average in terms of funding for general operating.
Finally, Valcárcel used the act of taking possession of the rector of the UPCT, with a broad representation of social and educational community, to seek a joint commitment with the University and "called a firm commitment to training and education of our youth. "