The presence of teaching throughout the next academic year was one of the points discussed in said meeting. “We want to reach an absolute normalization in the second semester of the next academic year,” Serra pointed out and for this he appealed for the vaccination programs against Covid-19 to reach the university community. “We hope that within the different vaccination groups the teaching and research staff, administration and services and university students will be included, in order to be able to undertake the face-to-face activity safely and normally,” said the rector of the ULPGC. At the moment, only the 60 to 69-year-old group and people at risk have been vaccinated according to the protocols.
Currently at the ULPGC there is a prevailing hybrid teaching that combines online classes with face-to-face classes, except in the Faculty of Legal Sciences, which is completely online, as well as in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, except in practical classes. Humanities, Marine Sciences and Health Sciences are the ones with the highest face-to-face load.
In this first meeting between the two Canarian public universities, in which both rectors were accompanied by their respective managers and the vice-chancellors of the research and degree areas, the objective of strengthening the Canarian Research Plan, generating jobs was announced based on knowledge and tutoring technology-based seed companies for three years with the aim of helping to diversify the economic model of the Canary Islands.
“With the pandemic, research has taken center stage, but we cannot forget about it once we get through this. Society has to be aware that from the investigation we will be able to solve our problems, and we want a commitment that is even more general, not only from the Government but from Parliament, that all the political groups that represent our society, tell us if they consider that research is important for the Canary Islands, ”said Rosa Aguilar. “We are convinced that only from training and knowledge, and collaborating together, we will get out of this. We have to put in value what we do in the Canarian public universities, where teaching is made by researchers, with which it has an exceptional value ”.
Joint creation and tutoring of technology-based companies announced
In this sense, Serra announced that, in addition to the specific projects of each University, they will also try to apply for European recovery funds with some joint projects.
Another common objective of the ULPGC and the ULL is the creation of technology-based or highly knowledge-intensive companies and tutor them for three years to “plant the seed of change in the economic model that exists in the Canary Islands.”
In addition to establishing a map of convergent research areas between both institutions, they also contemplate increasing joint degrees or double degrees and even including third universities to attract more foreign students. “You have to be imaginative and make the most of the resources we have to make the best academic and research offer possible,” said Lluis Serra.
They defend as “fundamental” to negotiate the contract-program with the Government
In this regard, the two universities plan to expand the offer, as demanded by the Government of the Canary Islands, of one of the degrees that they already share, the Master’s Degree in Teacher Training. “Precisely this pandemic has instructed us in other forms of teaching that for urgent and emerging demands can be useful, such as distance degrees or with less presence that allow to relieve the waiting list of degrees that exist and that if we do not captained them from the public university It will be from the private sector and it is our obligation as a public university to defend these types of demands ”, the rectors underlined.
Finally, they agreed with their respective managers to resume and negotiate the contract-program with the Government of the Canary Islands. “It is a fundamental instrument that allows a multi-year investment projection. To extend the budget gives you a short-term security, but not that vision that we have to have and more at this moment, of long-term strategic planning ”.
Discard the “still photo” in postgraduate courses
The rector of the University of La Laguna, Rosa Aguilar and the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lluis Serra, announced yesterday that the postgraduate offer will be reviewed due to the loss of students, according to a government report of the Canary Islands. However, the rector of the ULL indicated that “you have to be careful with the still photo, you have to look at the evolutions” and in this sense he advanced that during this course the number of master’s students has risen by 18% with respect to the 2018-2019. Both rectors pointed out the need to review the offer of postgraduate courses and see which ones are in greater or lesser demand, in addition to trying to attract students from other Spanish and foreign universities. “In our community we have a characteristic marked by the regulations of the Government of the Canary Islands and that is that all our degrees must have at least 5% of teaching in English, that forces us to require students to register an accreditation of English from a B1, which many of those who are prescribed do not have and opt for other universities that do not have that requirement, which, on the other hand, we consider that it should be, “said Rosa Aguilar on the decrease in demand for Canarian students. | MJH