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Students Denounce That Castells Law Has Only Been Negotiated With Conference Of Rectors

The university student body, represented by the Coordinator of Representatives of Public Universities (CREUP) and the Council of State University Students (CEUNE), attended yesterday the mixed negotiation table organized by the Ministry of Universities to discuss the governance block of the new Organic Law of the University System (LOSU), which was also attended by the rectors, represented by Crue, unions, social councils and autonomous communities.

At this negotiating table it has become evident that the LOSU’s preliminary draft proposal has the almost unique wording of Crue-Universidades Espa├▒olas. In this way, the ministry negotiated and agreed on the preliminary draft with the conference of rectors without generating a real debate within the universities, which has led to some university cloisters approving positions against it, as in the case of the University of Barcelona. This situation, derived from the decision-making of the rectors without adopting agreements in their university communities and representative bodies, has led to a wide rejection among university students, as has been seen in recent weeks.

The approval of this first draft, counting only with the consensus with one of the parts of the university community, led the student representatives to request a mixed negotiating table, in which all sectors of the university community participated. After this first meeting, the alignment of the Ministry with the position of some rectors in the drafting of the draft has been evidenced, which has led to the frontal opposition of the students, teachers and administration and services personnel, leading the Ministry to show your commitment to moving forward in the negotiations.

After the negotiation table, Minister Castells undertook to modify the governance chapter of the LOSU and to continue negotiating the rest of its chapters . From the student body they hope that this modification will be in its entirety, to preserve and guarantee a democratic government system, based on the participation of all groups, which reflects the real needs of the university community through co-governance, instead of a sole will of the rector or rector through a presidential system.

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