The Minister of Universities, Manuel Castells, the president of Crue Universidades Espaolas, Jos Carlos Gmez Villamandos, and the president of Banco Santander, Ana Botn, presented this morning at the Casa de Amrica the progress of the results of the report “ L ‘Spanish University against the pandemic’, prepared by Crue with the collaboration of Santander. In this act, the three institutions also sealed their agreement to launch the third edition of Erasmus Santander scholarships 2021/2022.
Minister Manuel Castells underlined that “the university community as a whole has demonstrated an absolutely exemplary resilience and capacity for adaptation and innovation. Classes and exams were not interrupted, and practices were adapted with sufficient quality to be accredited by independent quality agencies. The health situation has been checked. Classrooms are safe and secure thanks to the discipline of the entire university community. It is the university students, the teachers and the students who have really taken on this responsibility. ”
The president of Crue, Jos Carlos Gmez Villamandos, explained that this report “ demonstrates, once again, the vocation of service to society that the Spanish universities have and the work of Crue as the main interlocutor with the authorities and its role in the coordination and implementation of the countless actions carried out by university institutions to preserve their proper functioning despite the progress of the pandemic. Gmez Villamandos influenced the challenges universities face in terms of teaching, research and knowledge transfer and warned that “ now is more than ever time to invest in higher education and R + D + i ”if you want to come out of this crisis in better conditions than in the previous one. Finally, he celebrated the success of the Supera Covid-19 Fund, Banco Santander, CSIC and Crue, a “magnificent example of public-private collaboration”.
For her part, the president of Banco Santander, Ana Botn, drew attention to the lesson that this pandemic leaves us and the priority that people have assumed for the bank from the start ”, with particular emphasis on women, who they were affected differently; in research, because this pandemic has shown that investment in science is absolutely essential in a consistent manner over time; and in public-private collaboration ” as a fundamental factor in getting out of the health and economic crisis. “The greater the investment now in health, the faster the recovery and the more businesses will survive.”
Main conclusions of the report
The report “ The Spanish University Facing The Pandemic ” is a snapshot of the results of a larger project that bears the same name and is expected to be presented in spring 2021.
The objective of this preliminary document is to present in a synthetic way the response of the Spanish universities that make up Crue to the enormous challenge of this unprecedented health crisis and to put all the available resources at the service of society to stop the expansion of the health system. virus.
It also offers a vision of the international context in the university environment, which demonstrates the harmony of the Spanish system with those of the surrounding countries, and exposes the role played by the Spanish universities Crue as a necessary interlocutor with the ministries of the Universities, Science and Innovation, Health and Foreign Affairs to respond to emerging issues and needs, as well as the work and coordination of all the sectoral committees that make up Crue to preserve the quality of education at all times.
The text explains the development of the appeal for the Supera Covid-19 Fund, endowed with 8.5 million euros, and promoted by Banco Santander through Santander Universidades, in collaboration with the CSIC and the Crue Universidades Espaolas. With this Fund, an example of public-private collaboration, the capacities of the national research system have been channeled and put at the service of society, by supporting researchers in the search for solutions to the problems resulting from the pandemic.