- The Council of Universities of the Canary Islands has given this Friday a green light to the draft Decree promoted by the Ministry of Education and Universities to reduce public prices of university education, which includes average decreases of between 8 and 15 percent for degree and master’s degrees , respectively.
This agreement responds to the commitment announced by the president of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, in the past ‘Debate on the State of Nationality’.
The proposal that will be submitted to the Government Council of the Canary Islands for approval will involve an additional contribution of 3.5 million euros from the Ministry of Education and Universities of the Canary Islands Government to the two public universities, which will be immediately passed on to the cost of Higher Education for its students.
To reach this reduction, the General Directorate of Universities has studied in detail the prices of each credit in the different degrees, which have certainly different prices, depending mainly on their level of experience.
Once the data has been analyzed and also the influence of the increase in cost according to the first enrollment in a subject or successive, which the state regulation requires to increase, an estimate of the decrease was made, which is around eight percent of the price of credit.
In the same way, the analysis carried out for the qualifying masters, that is to say, those that are required to be able to exercise certain professions, placed the decrease in cost by fifteen percent, since the cost is much higher in these studies.
A PLAN TO THREE YEARS
“This first reduction in public rates will be the first stage of our three-year plan to turn the archipelago into the community with the lowest public prices in the state in university fees,” said Ciro Gutiérrez, general director of Universities of the Ministry of Education and Universities of the Government of the Canary Islands at the close of the meeting.
With respect to that objective, Gutierrez clarified that logically, there is talk of a “complicated comparison, because other communities also vary their prices, but the calculation is made with the current prices”.
Taking this factor into account, the archipelago would be located next year between the Autonomous Communities with the lowest university enrollment in the State, only above Cantabria, Andalusia and Galicia.
In master studies, the reduction agreed by the Council of Universities of the Canary Islands, an organization in which public and private higher education centers of the islands, their social councils, the General Directorate of Universities of the Canary Islands Government and Canarian agencies participate of University Quality and Educational and Canary Evaluation of Research, Innovation and the Information Society, would make the islands the community with the lowest price, with the exception of Castilla La Mancha.
The general director noted that the measure “not only responds to the request of the student representatives of the Canarian universities, but also will allow the archipelago to advance in the elimination of economic barriers to access to higher education”, something that, said, “it will be a new impulse to boost the talent of young people in the Canary Islands and give them the necessary training tools to develop their academic and professional careers without obstacles”.
Apart from the economic aspect, the draft Decree that will be submitted to the Government includes several modifications aimed at facilitating continuity or improving relations between students and academic institutions.
In this sense, for example, the scope of the Enrollment of Honors was extended, as a way of rewarding the effort of the students.
From now on, they will have greater continuity and the discounts to which they are entitled will be applied in the change of studies from Bachelor to Master and also in the access to the Doctorate, when until now those discounts did not apply to new studies.
On the other hand, the decree has been modified to eliminate some obstacles to the student body, claimed by the University Ombudsman, as the non-payment of a part of the registration prevents even receiving a certificate of grades.
In this regard, the text that provided for the cancellation of the registration in the case of defaults was modified to change it due to the suspension of its effects, as long as it is not paid.
In addition, conditions were improved in which the students could request the annulment of the call to which they had to present themselves.
In fact, if you request it before October 15, you can not only cancel the call, but receive the tuition refund.
In addition, the Board agreed that the Decree should give the chance to the rectors of the public universities of the Canary Islands to take similar decisions in case of causes that have arisen for the student.