First Citizen Forum with the regional government
The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has participated in the Citizen Forum, organized by the regional government, held in Toledo to discuss the implementation of the government program and make proposals to the Government. The lowest investment on resources in relation to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) carried out by Castilla-La Mancha with respect to other autonomous communities on academic education, research and development (R & D) focused the proposals of the Regional University for the next four years. The goal is to reduce the investment gaps in these areas to converge with other regions in labor force and technological resources, attracting companies based on knowledge and contributing business network innovation from the University.
The First Citizen Forum held at the Regional Administration School counted on the participation of all members of the regional government. Government members were divided into four thematic working groups to discuss specific interest issues in dialogue with various organizations, associations and institutions. The University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) participated in each of these tables represented by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Students and Social Responsibility, Ana Carretero in ‘Health, Social and Equality Policies’, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Economy and Planning, Manuel Villasalero in ‘Talent, Opportunity and Transparence’, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for International Relations and Continuous Professional Education , Fatima Guadamillas, in ‘New Economy Model for Employment’ and the delegate of the rector for Sustainability, Federico Fernandez in ‘Infrastructure, Water and Sustainability’.
The regional government provided up to 25 specific measures related to the UCLM organized on 7 specific agreements, providing information with respect to the level of compliance with such initiatives depending on the maturity stage or execution degree thereof. These agreements include aspects such as the progress in the university funding, replacement and international mobility encouragement of the academic staff, contribution to the improvement of the teaching and research quality, improving scholarships and reducing the university tuition prices, increasing research funding, revising the regional R & D plan and providing university infrastructure and technology spaces. In each case, the meetings held between the members of the regional government and members of the governing board at the University were detailed to define these challenges and measures for the next four years, as well as the development status of orders, notices and documents.
On the other hand, the UCLM informed the regional government and representatives of organizations, associations and institutions their willingness to contribute to the economic and social recovery of Castilla-La Mancha through labor force and technological resources aimed at attracting companies based on knowledge and promoting business network innovation from the University. Therefore, much attention was paid to the need of reducing differences in Castilla-La Mancha with respect to other autonomous communities in public resources for higher education, research and development. According to the latest statistics published by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the region invested 0.47% of its GDP on higher education, while the national average rose to 0.81%, representing a financing gap of 0, 34% of the GDP. In terms of research, the funding gap is equivalent to 0.72% of the GDP, with an investment of 0.51% in Castilla-La Mancha compared to 1.23% of national average.
Press release office, UCLM. Ciudad Real, March 24, 2016