The Court of Auditors requests the regional government (JCCM) a multiannual funding plan for the UCLM

UCLM’s audit report 2013-2014

The audit report of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) for the years 2013 and 2014, made public by the Court of Auditors (TCu), urges the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha to approve a multiannual funding plan to enable the university to have reliable funding forecasts so that it can draw up a strategic plan. Among its findings and conclusions, the report highlights the uncertainty faced by the UCLM to plan its activity as a result of the insufficient funding received and the delay in payments by the regional government, as well as by the absence of a stable funding framework and the inadequate authorization of staff costs dictated by the autonomous community to pay the university salaries.

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The UCLM invested 18 more million to regional R & D in 2015 according to the National Institute of Statistics

More external funds attracted and own funds for R & D allocated

The ‘Statistics on R & D Activities’, recently published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), compiles the contribution made by the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) to the regional, technology and innovation science system in the year 2015, which amounted to 66.5 million euros. This amount represents a third of R & D investment in Castilla-La Mancha, which increased by 10 million in a total of € 203 million, equivalent to 0.54% of the regional Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The University increased its contribution by 18 million euros over the previous year thanks to the collection of an additional 8 million from external funds and the dedication of an additional 10.5 million own funds, while the general funds allocated by the regional government for these activities decreased 0.5 million.

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UCLM demands resources to improve university education and reduce youth unemployment

Castilla-La Mancha, second region with less university students

According to the annual report “Facts and Figures: Spanish University System” published by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD), Castilla-La Mancha is the second region with less university students amongst the18 to 24 age group. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the university enrollment rate in the region was 18 points below the average. In the same period, the region was at the top of the unemployment rate among those under 25 years. The Vice Chancellor for Economy and Planning of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), Manuel Villasalero noted that these figures “have made evident that the resources devoted to higher education in the region are insufficient and are the cause of the youth talent loss and the high unemployment rate.

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Castilla-La Mancha is the third region investing less public funds on higher education

According to the Statistics for Public Expenditure of the Ministry of Education

According to this statistic of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (MECD), which has been ongoing since 1992, Castilla-La Mancha allocated 180,929,200 euros to university education in 2014, equivalent to 0.5% of its domestic gross product (PIB), according to the Spanish Regional Accountancy compiled by the National Institute of Statistics. As a whole, the education authorities of the different regions spent more than 8,300 million euros on university education in 2014, excluding research and development (R & D), reaching 0.8% of all regional gross domestic products.

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Funding per student at the UCLM was 18% below the rest of campus in Spain

Conference of Rectors results of 2015 report

The 2015 edition of the report “The Spanish University: Facts & Figures 2014-15” published by the Conference of Rectors of the Spanish universities (CRUE), considers that the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) receives less funds per student, that is, 18% below the average within 47 public Spanish universities. The insufficient funding of the UCLM rises up to 30,336,816 euros according to the results of this report.

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UCLM was underfunded by 673 euros per student in 2014-15 academic year

Results of the Foundation for Knowledge & Development report 2015

The 2015 edition of the report The contribution of Spanish Universities to Development, made by the Foundation for Knowledge and Development, considers that the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has an insufficient resources allocation quantified at 673 euros per degree student, equivalent to 16,576,227 euros annually. The report also shows that the UCLM is more efficient than the university system in the use of the available resources, as it has a lower expenditure level than average in other universities. The underfunding would have increased to 19,126,985 euros if the regional university had approved its expenditure with those of the other universities.

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