The rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Rafael Robaina, has registered this Wednesday his candidacy to renew the position for a second term with a program that revolves around a double objective: “strengthen the present and lead the future” of the institution.
Robaina has explained to the media after the registration of the candidacy that his project is “loaded with objectives for society to move forward in the near future” And for this, his team “maintains the illusion”.
In this line, the candidate to repeat as rector has highlighted that in the next four years he aspires to continue leading the University focused on its “essence”, the students, and on “a reorganization of the team and the concept”, because the social context has changed.
“The University of 2016 has little to do with the current one”, in which the rector will focus on “serving as an instrument for the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals”, as well as in specific areas such as “digitization, sustainability, ending inequality and inequality , employability and knowledge transfer as the only formula to create resilient economies “.
Along these lines, he has highlighted among the novelties the creation of vice-rectorships to “fight with an inequity that has become better known with confinement, such as that which occurs with the digital divide and internet access”, as well as gender inequalities and in terms of average income of students.
An institutional study, he said, has registered that “the average income of students is far from the average income of the Canary Islands”, so that “the university must be adapted to the needs of the middle and lower class because the wealthiest classes also have other options. ”
In the same way, this new concept of university that raises “seeks sustainability from research and knowledge” to help governments meet the Sustainable Development Goals.
In the same way, he stressed that it seeks to work in “a digital university”, which deals with employment, which is why the vice-rector for business is maintained with “a very important nuance, as recommended by the European Union”, which it is to “separate once and for all the transfer of knowledge to associate it more with the company and employability than with research”.
Robaina affirms that his University model “seeks sustainability from research and knowledge”
For Robaina, “the vice-rectors open policies” and, therefore, “They are not opened in a capricious way but with a program and objectives.”
In the same way, he has detailed, his program includes the vice-chancellor’s office for Sustainability and Digitization, the vice-chancellor’s office for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and seeks that “the large and diverse group of students is attended to in all their needs”, in addition to the vice-chancellors classics.
These are maintained “to serve people, teaching, research and students, among others”, because “diversity is a benchmark of quality” that it seeks to maintain, since the ULPGC “occupies the first national positions in quality” , has alleged.
It is “a new stage” in a social context of Agenda 2030, a pandemic and reconstruction and resilience funds that “mark the way to the work of society and the university.
In this idea, he has underlined, “There will be changes” because “the university needs them to adjust to the new times” in “an idea and concept of a university that has matured these four years and that may be more effective in the next four”.