Students of the School of Architecture of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) have gathered on the morning of this Thursday, November 12, before the headquarters of the Rectorate of the academic institution to protest for not being able to start their final degree project a few months before the first call, which will take place next March 2021.
As explained by José Medina, a sixth-year student, all the teachers at the School have not assumed the criteria set out in the new regulations that regulate the final degree project,
that enables the signing of projects, approved on April 4, 2019 and which came into effect in April of this year. “Today, November 12, 2020, we find ourselves in a situation in which this regulation is inoperative inasmuch as it raises a system that cannot be carried out. We should have started the project in September and we are in November and we have not started it. ”
The problem, according to Medina, “is how the School of Architecture allows this regulation without including all the departments. There is a disparity of criteria that will be asked of the future enabling and training of architecture by the University.”
According to this same student, the matter has caused “an internal war in the School in which we are in the middle. We want to finish the project with guarantee and we cannot do it because a group of teachers has refused to apply the regulations. From the University they tell us that everything is fine and that we can continue with our procedure. ”
The professors who would not be applying the new regulation agglutinate 70 or 80 percent of the students enrolled, according to Medina. For those affected “the School has not agreed and we understand that there should be a table where the bases are laid to homogenize, among others, the evaluation criteria and the profile of the architect who wants to train here “.
The students hope that there will be an agreement by the University and the School “to give us guarantees that we can carry out the project. The first call is in March and we will not develop a final year project for three months. It takes a year and seven months to agree. ”