The Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells, leaves the coalition Government, as confirmed by sources around him to elDiario.es. Castells, who is part of Pedro Sánchez's cabinet at the proposal of United We Can, will cease to be part of the coalition almost two years after his incorporation for personal reasons. Joan Subirats will replace him in the coming days.
Castells, 79 years old, entered the Government driven by the commons of Ada Colau, although he also had a previous relationship with the Prime Minister. Castells came to the Executive from the international academic field in which he published research on urban sociology, social movements and information technologies that in his day earned him to become a reference theorist for 15-M.
He has been one of the ministers with the least public projection, although leave the university law on track, the most relevant project in your department. The preliminary draft of the University System Law aims to fight against teaching precariousness and inbreeding, promote equity, ensure stable financing and change the requirements to be rector. Nevertheless, Castells had to lower his initial intentions and withdraw some of its most questioned proposals such as that the rectors could be chosen by a committee, among others.
His replacement will also be a person of the highest confidence of the mayor of Barcelona: Subirats, professor in Political Science, was until a few months ago Councilor for Culture and Education of the municipal corporation.