This was reported by the Vice-rector for Research and Transfer, Marisol Izquierdo, during the presentation of the project in the extraordinary plenary session of the Governing Council. Izquierdo highlighted the importance of this type of initiative in order to improve the position of the University in the national and international rankings; In addition, technology-based companies represent a direct transfer to the Canarian society of the knowledge produced at the ULPGC.
«At the University so far no spin-off has been created and it is important to promote their development because it will allow us to transfer the information produced at our University to society in a much more direct way, but it will also allow us to improve the position of our University in the different rankings that evaluate us nationally and internationally ».
The main activity of Strategos Biotech will be, initially, the development and exploitation of bioactive products derived from aloe; although the investigation of new products is also contemplated.
The manager of the ULPGC, Roberto Moreno, yesterday presented the annual accounts for 2020, the first year closed in accordance with the new General Public Accounting Plan of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands – in force since January 1, 2020-. It is also the first time that the consolidated annual accounts of the University have been presented with those of its dependent entities (two public companies and two foundations).
Moreno described the year 2020 as “atypical” due to the Covid-19 pandemic “with an impact on budget management and execution in all administrations and public entities.” Thus, the overall degree of implementation of the 2020 budget was 80%, with more than 95% in the personnel chapter and over 79% in the expenditure on current goods and services.
The lower execution than in the previous year is due to less consumption of supplies such as water and electricity, which meant a saving of more than 370,000 euros; as well as various expenses -courses, conferences, transportation, allowances …-. The global savings in the entire chapter of goods and services amounts to about 4.5 million euros. Also noteworthy is the increase in spending on the leasing of information processing equipment by around 133,000 euros due to the complete migration of the University’s activity to the digital field during confinement.
Regarding compliance with budgetary stability, the ULPGC has a financing capacity of more than 9 million euros, and there are no borrowing operations of the University in 2020.
Salary table and Venias Docendi
The ULPGC Governing Council, chaired by the rector Lluis Serra, approved the proposal to modify the remuneration of the research, technical and technical support staff hired under projects, programs, agreements and contracts. This means updating the salary table that has existed since 2010, given that researchers have seen their purchasing power diminish in recent years. This update also responds to the need to improve the ULPGC’s offer for recruiting researchers. The proposal foresees a minimum salary table, as well as the possibility of being able to increase the remuneration in the form of a salary supplement to the research staff hired by work and service. The approval and payment of the salary supplement will always be subject to the existence of adequate and sufficient credit within the budgets assigned annually for the project, agreement or contract.
The modification of the Venias Docendi Regulations was also approved to adapt it to current regulations. It is a specific modification for the next academic year 2021-2022, which includes changes for collaborating professors, and researchers, to teach, specifying for each of them the teaching hours that they can cover and, also allowing them to tutor and be part of TFT evaluating tribunals.
Likewise, three modifications were approved to the Regulatory Regulation of the procedures for the reincorporation to the same studies and the transfer of the file to continue official university studies. As well as the modification of the Regulations for the recognition of credits in bachelor’s and master’s degrees.