The plenary session of the Andalusian Council of Universities, meeting this Monday in Seville, supports the strategy of public prices on the downside of the Board
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The Minister of Economy and Knowledge, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, chaired the meeting of the Andalusian Council of Universities (CAU), which has supported the public price strategy to the detriment of the Junta de Andalucía, aimed at a free university model. It will mean starting “immediately” for the next academic year 2017/18 the bonus of 99 percent of the credits approved in the first enrollment, equalizing the cost of the qualifying and non-qualifying master’s programs and keeping the prices of the degrees frozen.
Ramírez de Arellano has ensured that these decisions constitute a step forward in the policies applied by the Junta de Andalucía, which has kept the prices of the degrees frozen for five consecutive years and has maintained them in the lowest area of the fork established by the Central government “while other communities raised them”. Likewise, the cost of the qualifying masters has remained practically unchanged during the last three years and the costs of non-qualifiers have been progressively reduced, the prices of which are now equalized.
This is linked to other actions such as the possibility of splitting tuition payments up to eight installments, introducing exemptions as in the case of gender violence or enabling additional aid for international mobility or obtaining foreign language qualifications for students with lower rents.
Regarding the enrollment bonus, it is the first time it has been applied in Spain, and its objective is to bring the higher education system closer to European countries – Germany, France, etc. – that have free or symbolic registration, a measure that depends on the State and in which Andalusia advances while claiming the change at the national level. In this sense, the Minister stressed the conviction of the Andalusian Executive that higher education should be incorporated as a right, ensuring that “in Andalusia we believe in young people, we trust in their talent and we bet that they enter a career without considering whether their families they have more or less resources. “
Thus, for the next academic year 2017/18 the Andalusian public universities will offer tuition fees “very tight” and the bonuses will be applied, two elements that will imply an important change for the family economies when facing the university education, given that despite being one of the cheapest in Spain in absolute terms, compared to family income is the second most expensive in the country.
Specifically, students who are not scholars of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (Minecyd) and who join the university system must pay the first year of enrollment and from there will be applied the bonus for each approved credit. The decree of Prices, that will soon approve the Council of Government of the Meeting, will activate this system and in addition it contemplates the maintenance of the costs of the degree in 12,62 Euros by credit in first matrícula by fifth consecutive year; In addition to equaling the price of non-habilitative master’s degrees with those that do qualify for professional practice, reducing them to 13.68 euros per credit, just one euro more than the degree.
Ramírez de Arellano has ensured that the Andalusian Regional Government will make the necessary budget modifications this year to cover these costs, which are estimated at around 30 million euros, and will also work “shoulder to shoulder” with the universities to know the exact costs that generates its application in order to incorporate the corresponding items in the budget for the year 2018.
The Andalusian Minister of Economy has been satisfied with the support of the Andalusian Council of Universities, the collegiate body of consultation, planning and advice of the Junta de Andalucía in matters of universities and which is composed of the rectors of the ten Andalusian universities, as well as as by representatives of social councils, students and the Andalusian Parliament.
For his part, the rector of the University of Cádiz and president of the Association of Andalusian Public Universities (AUPA), Eduardo González Mazo, thanked the Board’s initiative “to stay down in the forks because we considered that it was the best for the Andalusian public university system “, whenever he applauds the enrollment bonus that” favors the work and effort “of the student, but insists on the issue of funding, because” it would be very good for us to give the best service “.
Thus, he is “worried” because the increase in last year’s budget “has been minimal and there have been serious difficulties among the universities when it comes to reaching an agreement in the distribution of this money for operational financing”, and he assures that “they will have it very difficult if we continue with the reduced budget increase so that we can offer the service of quality and excellence and not only the enrollment bonus”.
“I would also like to say that the university community works hand in hand with the Ministry,” says González Mazo, who says that with the bonus “we have asked for help not only economically but also with some staff to carry it out.” “Positive assessment but concern for funding and the means to carry out this whole set of measures,” he says.
The bonus will be applied both in degrees and in habilitative and non-habilitative master’s degrees, to those students from centers belonging to the public universities of Andalusia that do not meet the requirements to obtain the scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD), although In each type of study, certain unique conditions will apply.
So in the case of the grades, those credits approved in the first enrollment in the previous year will be rewarded, so the students will have to pay the first course of each grade and the bonuses would operate from the second and subsequent courses. The bonus will also be possible in case the student changes the grade.
Taking into account that the cost of an academic course of 60 credits in Andalusia amounts to 757 euros, the student who would have approved all these credits of his first course in first enrollment, between the June and September exams, in the following academic year could save 749.4 euros. Thus, if the student approved with equal performance the four years of a degree, this would be practically the cost of a single academic year, assuming this bonus a saving of 75 percent of the cost of the entire degree.
Regarding the qualifying master’s degrees (those that are compulsory to practice a profession) and not enabling, the bonus will be applied taking into account the credits approved in the first enrollment in the two previous academic years, and in the degree that gave access to the corresponding master’s degree.
The bonus will also be applied in the case of studies carried out within the Student Mobility Programs, in the case of the Erasmus, the Seneca or others within the framework of the European Union, or made through specific agreements between universities.
Students who may come from transfers of files from other national or foreign universities may benefit from the bonus from the second year in which they study at any of the centers of the Andalusian universities.
In addition, students with a MECD enrollment scholarship who lose this condition during their studies may also benefit from these bonuses.