The Community ensures that the number of students and scholars has increased
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
“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
Regarding 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.”