The university population increases in Madrid

The Community ensures that the number of students and scholars has increased


Image result for increase Madrid, (EUROPA PRESS) .- The Director General of Universities and Research, Rocío Albert, said it has increased the number of students and scholars of public universities in the Madrid this year, despite rising rates university

Albert has appeared in the Education and Sports Committee of the Madrid Assembly, at the request of the Parliamentary Group of the United Left-The Greens, in order to inform about the financing of public universities, “one of the most difficult chapters in recent years. “, according to his own words.

However, he has celebrated that the regional government and public universities are already on the way to “adjust spending to adapt it to the limitations of the deficit imposed by the crisis and the budgetary situation.”

“The period of budgetary adjustments in the universities has concluded,” Albert has proclaimed, who has referred to the adjustment measures derived from the Royal Decree of urgent measures for the rationalization of public spending in the educational sphere and those of the regional economic plan.

According to the data provided in the hearing, “to date the budgets for current expenditure for universities have been 796,615,570 euros.” The Complutense receives the greatest amount, with 289,788,579, followed by the Polytechnic University, with more than 166 million , the Autonomous University, with more than 126 million, the Carlos III University, with more than 79 million and the University King Juan Carlos, with more than 59 million.

“With these amounts is being paid the cost of more than 80 percent of what is a place in a university, therefore, it is up to the administrations and society as a whole to require university students to make good use of that cost that costs all Madridians “, and that” anyone who misuses or does not dedicate enough effort “has to pay a higher amount in subsequent enrollments, he said.

Albert has specified that the expenditure per student in each of the universities is different, “probably due to the historical evolution and idiosyncrasy of each,” while indicating that work is being done to avoid this type of differences in the future.

To questions of the spokesman of Education of the Socialist Parliamentary Group, Eusebio González, on whether the nominative assignment of the universities is sufficient to provide the necessary resources to finance the staff and if it can guarantee that there will be no dismissals, Albert has answered that can assure because “that corresponds to the autonomy of the universities”.

Efficient use of resources

Image result for efficient use“We can not enter to decide what is the recruitment policy of public universities in Madrid, we hope they make an efficient use of these resources,” said Albert, who has assured that universities have achieved significant savings in personnel with measures to contain public spending on education, which require administrative personnel to work 36.5 hours, with a replacement rate of 0 percent, compared to the 10 percent replacement rate for civil servants; with the possibility of reducing or increasing the teaching load depending on the research activity.

Regarding the staff replacement rate, it has indicated that 25 places have been approved that are being clarified at this time. Likewise, he pointed out that with the increase of the rates between 15 and 25 percent for the degrees in first enrollments and between 40 and 50 percent for the masters, “it has allowed the universities to have raised more money from the direct beneficiaries of the services, that is, of the students “and” despite the black auguries, the number of students has grown in the Community of Madrid and also the number of scholarship holders “.

Regarding the budgets of the universities, has indicated that all have been approved between December and January and that there has been “a small contraction.” In particular, the URJC and the UC3 have increased by about 1 percent the budget, the Complutense has dropped by 1.07 percent and the Polytechnic by 5 percent. The variation as a whole is a negative variation of 2.67 percent.

The general director has indicated that through the fees the UAH collects 35.6 million euros from a total of 142.7 million; UAM 42.1 million out of a total of 248 million; UC3 37.8 million out of 153 million; the Polytechnic 72 million out of 327 million; the URJC 45.3 million of 110.5 million and the Complutense 143 million of 510 million. All this means an average weight of 25 percent of total income.

7.6 million investments

Image result for investmentRegarding capital transfers, designed to finance investment expenses, he said that “this year they are going back up 15 percent”, up to 7.6 million euros, which will go to the University of Alcalá of Henares, because “it is the one that has the historical buildings and a more expensive maintenance”.

“We would like to invest more in investments, but as in the rest of the administrations, when there are economic restrictions, when there is a crisis, investments in buildings have to be postponed because we believe it is more important to postpone investments in buildings and not in people, “he said.

Regarding the lawsuits filed by the universities, the general director has assured that “all the judgments that are firm have been paid religiously” and that “the rectors appreciate the institutional loyalty to pay so soon”.

The spokeswoman of IU-LV, Eulalia Vaquero, has accused the general director of “cheating with the figures”. “It is true that the number of students has increased slightly but what you do not say is that the number of credits enrolled has decreased,” he said. The general director has attributed this decline to the transformation of the old plan to the new Bologna plan.

“Public universities do not raise more money because if that were the case, they would have had to dismiss professors and that is what you intended, to put them in that situation”, within a “strategy” to “make a radical change of the university model” in detriment of the public.

For his part, the spokesman of UPyD, Ramon Marcos, has expressed his agreement with the rise in rates in first registration and successive, but said that the first enrollment should have “discriminated by income.”

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CPAR regrets the absence of credit and the "damage" that Sareb causes

Image result for Carlos del Rey ApellánizThe Association of Entrepreneurs of Construction , Promotion and Affines of La Rioja (CPAR), in its general assembly, lamented the absence of credit and the “damage” that Sareb causes.

The president of the business organization, Carlos del Rey Apellániz, has underlined in his report that this year the number of casualties in the association has been reduced considerably, which reveals that “in such complicated times companies continue to bet on CPAR demonstrates the commitment of the La Rioja entrepreneurship with the associationism and the positive assessment they make of the services and additional advantages that they obtain from CPAR “.

Carlos del Rey believes that “it is very important that in times of difficulty the sector remains united and project that image of cohesion before society, public administrations and financial institutions.”

The president of CPAR has shared the following reflection with the members of the assembly, in relation to the economic situation. “This last year has been very complicated for the sector since, although from a macroeconomic point of view Spain has come out of the situation of external intervention to which it has been subjected for a year after the bank rescue, and despite that the general macroeconomic trend points towards a relative recovery of economic growth and employment, the sector is still immersed in a situation of absolute paralysis, mainly caused by the lack of credit for the sector and the activity of Sareb, which no longer only slows down any possible business of our companies until its paralyzation practice, but that its activity is leading to the bankruptcy of many companies in the sector “.


Del Rey stressed that the sector “continues to place emphasis on offering a training offer of interest to companies.In times of crisis such as those we live, from the Association we have offered courses of all kinds: investment and internationalization, refinancing, of bankruptcy proceedings and, as always, legislative changes.

This year we have placed special emphasis on the reform of the financial sector and the bankruptcy reform. “And he has stopped at” a continuous training activity that is already consolidated in the Association, and which is in great demand by the associates. It is about the English courses for entrepreneurs, that the next course will begin its fifth edition and that it has three levels of difficulty. It is an activity that year after year wins in participants and that is in the line of the Association for helping its associated companies in their leap for internationalization “.

The president’s report also warns of the “obvious drop in the volume of public works by our companies, it should also be noted as negative for companies the excessive time elapsed between the tender of public works and its effective award.”

He recalled that in the field of housing, in 2013, La Rioja gave its approval to 347 homes, which represents a fall of 32.23 percent with respect to the pace of construction registered in 2012, which already led to a fall in transactions of more than 39 percent of the year 2011 that already negative faith.

With regard to demand, according to the data of the Property Registrars, during 2013 in La Rioja there were a total of 1,813 new housing transactions and 1,413 second-hand housing transactions.

Percentage, this means that compared to 2013 there has been an increase of 6.5 percent in the purchase and sale of homes in La Rioja, which compensates for the drop of 6.97 percent recorded in 2011.

The president’s report shows that “although it is true that the sale of new housing has worsened its relative position as a result of the fiscal changes to which it has been subjected, as well as the growing legal uncertainty generated by the Government’s announcements and the recommendations of international organizations such as the IMF to increase the levy on real estate, however, these data highlight, clearly, that banks are granting financing to individuals to liquidate their stock and leaving companies to die and individuals with their own stock “.


Image result for inflection pointCarlos del Rey has anticipated that “in general, it seems that the first quarter of 2014 has marked a turning point in the negative trend of the housing market, after six consecutive years with reductions in the price of housing, everything indicates that the The end of this scenario is close, giving way, at least, to price stability.

The demand for housing accompanies this favorable sign, giving rise, in the first quarter of the year, to a growth of registered housing sales of 14.42 percent with respect to the fourth quarter of 2013. It is the first time in the last eight years that purchases and prices show a favorable behavior together. Since the first quarter of 2006 this situation did not occur ”

However, for the president “these positive data at a general level are not reflected at La Rioja level basically for two reasons: because La Rioja has never had a strong demand for second home, and even less for foreign buyers, and because the statistical estimates is that the Rioja population tends to decrease in the coming years “.

On the other hand, the president of CPAR recalled that in July 2013 the collective agreement for construction and public works of La Rioja was signed, following the new structure of the V General Agreement of the Construction Sector.

The president praised the work carried out by the Construction Labor Foundation and recalled that with data from June 1, 7,246 TPCs have been requested in La Rioja, which means that about 88% of workers in the sector already have their professional identification card, whose validity is indefinite.

And he has highlighted the importance of continuing to make a great effort in terms of training in risk prevention so that all workers in our companies can access their professional construction card.

Del Rey explained that “in addition to initial training or permanent classroom, the General Agreement of the Construction Sector provides that all workers in our companies also have specific training in occupational risk prevention appropriate to their jobs. In this sense, the new General Agreement has planned new training itineraries for all specialties and families of construction “.

The FLC has a Preventive Practices Center that, according to the president, is a national reference. These are facilities for practical training both in the field of occupations and in the prevention of occupational risks for all workers in Riojan companies in the construction industry. “The objective of the new Center for Preventive Practices is to contribute in a decisive way to a greater professionalization of workers in the sector, and to a progressive reduction in the accident rates of construction in La Rioja, which, however, are below the average national”.

The Preventive Practices Center is a daring and innovative project, the president said, since it has been equipped with the latest construction advances to make it an intelligent and energy efficient building. We aspire therefore that from the headquarters of the FLC to recognize the new Center of Preventive Practices as the center of national reference in the field of R + D + i of the construction sector.

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