The members of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Social Councils of the Spanish Universities have transferred to the King on Wednesday their desire to undertake a structural reform of higher education.
Felipe VI has received the members of the management of this conference, headed by its president, Antonio Abril, at the Palacio de la Zarzuela and has greeted them one by one in the Magnolias Room before meeting them.
The Conference of Social Councils of the Spanish Universities is an association that currently brings together 47 public and 7 private universities.
It was set up in 2005 with the aim of facilitating collaboration between the different social councils and promoting dialogue and reflection on higher education.
In this context, the conference is transferring to the political parties a document with urgent measures to promote in the Parliament a structural reform of this educational stage.
This text considers that the two pillars that must sustain the reform are a new model of university government comparable to those that exist in the European Higher Education Area and an improvement in the financing system.
As Antonio Abril has shown, the reform they demand can not be limited to making only partial retouching, but to induce changes of a truly transformative nature that propitiate a genuine repositioning of the Spanish university in today's globalized society.
The proposal of the conference includes among the challenges of the Spanish university the adaptation of the teaching offer to the real demands of the society, the improvement of the processes of selection of the teaching staff and the debureaucratization of the systems of evaluation of the quality of the universities
It also advocates to promote R + D + i as a strategic national strategy, the strengthening of the university-company relationship and the promotion of internationalization processes.
Before the audience to the representatives of the Spanish universities the king has also received in the Palace of the Zarzuela the members of the 51 promotion of the Superior Body of Civil Administrators of the State.
Assigned to the Ministry of Finance and Public Function, these officials perform jobs ranging from the management of public agencies and agencies, to the direction of tourist offices and information councils.
The 60 members of the new promotion have come to the Zarzuela accompanied by the Secretary of State for Public Function, José Antonio Benedicto; the general director of the Public Function, Javier Rueda; and the director of the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), Isabel Borrel.