Universities and Xunta will work "immediately" on the new map of degrees, determining the "singular" degrees

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The Xunta and the three Galician universities will begin “immediately” the work to set up the new map of degrees, for which they will look for the balance between the rationalization of the academic offer, the promotion of new titles linked to the specialization of the campuses and the defense of “unique” degrees, which will not be dispensed with despite the number of students.

To this end, they have set out to meet as soon as possible to address the modification and improvement of this map of titles and set “a path of joint work” in that regard, determined a new offer adapted “to the needs and social demands” that “respond to the new times”.

This has been explained by the Regional Minister of Culture, Education and University Planning, Román Rodríguez, after the meeting on Wednesday with the Galician Council of Universities in Santiago.

Broadly speaking, the plan agreed between the Xunta and the academic institutions involves making changes “in two speeds”, with criteria to act “in the short term” (thinking about the offer of the 2018-2019 academic year) and, in parallel, establishing parameters to determine a planning “with tranquility but without pause” of that new offer.

“You have to do things well, because we play a lot,” Rodríguez insisted, betting on acting “with common sense”, analyzing the situation “calmly”, case by case, and that this new map responds to “needs” valuing the importance of each title from a social, technological and economic point of view.

The objective of this work plan is to analyze the duplicities as well as the cases of “singular” degrees that must be offered despite the number of students enrolled, because of their “social” or “human” importance, of which the SUG “can not do without”.

At the same time, new titles will be designed that respond to social demands and that “are linked” to the specialized work of the university campuses.

SINGULARITIES AND EFFICIENCY

In this sense, the rector of Vigo, Salustiano Mato, placed the example of Philosophy, a title that always “is going to bet” and has defended the importance of having “clear rules of the game”, given that the question economic “is a part” of some criteria that must bet on “social efficiency”, so that “singular” and “necessary for humanity and citizenship” will not disappear.

“To combine the singularities with the social demand”, highlighted Mato, valuing not only the number of students in a career but also the “type of absorption” that is given to graduates in the labor mark.

His counterpart from Santiago, Juan Viaño, has stressed that these sessions “should start immediately,” emphasizing that action be taken with that “two-speed” vision, so that titles that begin the 2017-2018 academic year will not be compromised.

Santiago already showed interest in the cases of Biotechnology and Criminology, and also bet to strengthen the offer of international master’s degrees with a “very high” percentage of credits in English.

Those responsible for the universities have also recalled the work done over the last eight years “perfecting” the titles and “being more efficient”, and have claimed that they are doing “quite better” than other places in the State.

“We are seeing everything under the same prism and we will be ordering,” said Mato. In this sense, Juan Viaño stressed that they are “always planning” the offer, given that the titles “are living things and have to evolve.” Therefore, the design of the new degrees will be linked to the specialization campuses.

UNIVERSITY ACCESS

UNIVERSITY ACCESS

The Regional Minister of Education has also informed of the agreement reached between the ministry of the branch and the autonomous communities around the ‘revalidation’ of the baccalaureate, which will be similar to the former selectivity.

Salustiano Mato stressed that the Galician rectors are “happy to achieve the goal” marked within the CRUE and that “was gradually defined”, and now has been “endorsed” in the education sector.

In this sense, he recalled that “Galicia has the work done” on the test and that only “the definitive framework” prepared by the State was lacking,

Viaño has also applauded the modification and pointed out the meetings held within the Galician Interuniversity Conference, with “very advanced work”, and the agreement between the rectors themselves on the test.

Finally, Rodriguez has insisted that “time has shown that the calls to tranquility were fulfilled” and has advanced that this Thursday there will be a meeting between the CIUG and representatives of the universities on the test.

OTHER THEMES

On the other hand, the Galician Council of Universities has given its approval to the creation of the Escola de Enxeñaría Aeronáutica e do Espazo of the Ourense Campus, facilities linked to the degree of Enerosaría Aerospacial of the University of Vigo and which could become operational in the 2018/2019 academic year, according to the forecasts of the academic institution.

Several master’s degrees have also been revoked. In particular, High Performance Computing (joint for UDC and USC), International Migrations and Planning and Management of Destinations and Novo Tourist Products (UDC).

At the same time, the Master in Biological Sciences will be discontinued at the UVigo: molecular biology, computational and Environmental and Bio-Industries; Master’s Degree in Chemical Engenería; in Industrial Innovation and Process Optimization; and in Community Policies and Territorial Cooperation.