The Spanish University Presidents decided not to attend the Universities Council
Madrid, 23rd May 2012
The University Council, chaired by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, José Ignacio Wert, was scheduled to be held this afternoon at 4 pm
The Spanish University Presidents' Conference (CRUE), met in a General Assembly on 4th May in Murcia, decided to request on 7th May, an extra session of the Universities Council, with a single point in the agenda: to analyze and discuss the Royal Decree-Law 14/2012 of 20th April, before the great concern that its application has produced in the universities. This application was signed, under the Regulations of the Universities Council, by 59 of the University Presidents who attended the meeting, since it was previously requested by the CRUE's President and it was ignored.
Surprisingly, the university presidents were called to a regular Universities Council, in which the central point of the meeting was not set on the agenda and, instead, several issues on procedures were incorporated. Also, the Questions and Answers point was omitted, which was understood as an intention to avoid reflection and debate.
Even though, the CRUE, trying again to find solutions to start the dialogue that has been asking so much, reported to the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport their willingness to attend the Universities Council, scheduled for today, 23rd May, provided that the Minister stated his commitment to convene the requested extra session to deal with the Royal Decree-Law 14/2012. Given his silence and refusal, in breach of the rules of the Universities Council, the University Presidents have understood that it is a lack of respect and care for the entire university community - its students, teachers and administration staff- and for this reason, they have decided not to attend today's meeting of the Universities Council.
Finally, given the lack of response, the University Presidents will request an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister.
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