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The UA Non-Statutory Study Programmes have been presented


Alicante, 3rd October 2011

The Director of the Business Council for Competitiveness has stated that the lack of the workers' training burdens our competitiviness

The University of Alicante will present for the first time in an academic ceremony, its offer of non-statutory study programmes. The Presentation Ceremony of the Non-Statutory  Study Programmes has been attended by Fernando Casado, Director of the Business Council for Competitiveness and Professor in Business Economics, who has given the plenary lecture “Fortalezas y retos de la economía española” (Strengths and challenges of the Spanish economy).

In his lecture, Casado has assured that “the lack of the workers' training burdens our competitiviness, as reflected on the 2011 Davos Report. This is the reason why we should promote training at all levels and thrpought life. There is a need of a training system focused on employment”.

Fernando Casado has also wanted to insist on the strengths of our market, "it is necessary to quote them to promote optimism", he said. Among these strengths, he pointed out that "we're taking off in sectors with high added value and we lead at a global level sectors such as distribution and fashion, biotechnology, hostel and catering industry, finance and insurance or e-health and government. In infrastructure, renewable energy, environmental and water treatment, Tics and tourism, we are also well positioned". Moreover, the Director of the Business Council for Competitiveness has stressed the need for adjustments already underway, such as the external debt of the private sector and labour flexibility, "which does not have an adequate legislation adapted to the environment", according to Casado, and solvency of the banking sector, which is the main cause of lack of confidence, he said.

The Presentation Ceremony -presided over by the UA President, Ignacio Jiménez Raneda, has been attended by the Vice President for Institutional Studies Planning, Joaquín Marhuenda, the Director of the Doctoral & Postgraduate Studies Centre (DPSC), Juan Francisco Mesa and the Academic Coordinator of the Business School, Reyes Gonzalez. Also, the Vice President for Institutional Relations, Aránzazu Calzada, the Vice President for Economic Planning, Begoña Subiza and the Secretary-General, Nuria Fernández.



The Director of the DPSC, Juan Francisco Mesa, stated that, according to the data obtained during the 2010/2011 academic year -in which the University of Alicante offered 78 non-statutory study programmes "the students registered increased by 47% compared to the previous year. Of these, 20% were foreigners from China and Latin America". The total number of students who registered in the academic year 2010/2011 amounted to 1,137 students.

The University of Alicante has made a firm commitment to ensure the quality and flexibility of their own study programmes, making an investment in their adaptation to the European Higher Education Area and providing society with new approaches to education with study programmes allowing lifelong learning.

To this end, the UA Governing Council approved a new regulatory scheme for its Non-statutory Study Programmes last July.


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Photo 1: from left to right: Juan Francisco Mesa, Ignacio Jiménez, Joaquín Marhuenda and Reyes González
Photo 2: Fernando Casado


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