Madrid. (EUROPA PRESS) .- The future official Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees must allow students to combine their studies with professional practice or work if they wish, as it appears among the ten requirements of the ‘Proposal for guidelines. for the preparation of undergraduate and Master’s degrees’ presented today by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEC) to the subcommissions of the University Coordination Council (CCU).
“Our approach is that study plans should provide that if a student wants to study part-time, they can do so without diminishing their efficiency and quality,” Miguel Ángel Quintanilla, Secretary of State for Universities and Research, summed up the press. adding that the guidelines have been designed also thinking that university education should cover “a spectrum of training offer throughout life and not only in a specific period.”
As explained by this ministerial responsible, it is that the curricula developed by the universities have to be organized to facilitate student mobility and not hinder the “temporary periodization” of the studies. In other words, students will be able to take their degree adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) part-time instead of full-time, move from university and do part of their training outside of Spain.
This text, presented today to the four presidents of the subcomisiones of the CCU for its study, emphasizes that a study plan presented by a University is a “contract with society”, since it has to offer students skills “of utility “with quality guarantees and not only respond to the interests of the university institution, Quintanilla stressed. In addition, he assessed that it will facilitate that the Spanish study plans serve as an “example” for the European context.
The draft of general guidelines also obliges universities to have their study plans specify first and foremost what competences a student should have when the training process ends, the performance objectives according to which in the future the University will be evaluated with respect to the quality of that curriculum and have a system that allows to review its correct functioning and improve those things that do not work well, among other issues.
The Ministry of Education has also provided in its text, which does not include the basic subjects of each of the five branches a “flexible” system for the incorporation of 60 credits of basic training in degrees by branches of knowledge, has established limits in some of the academic activities such as an end-of-career project or external internships in terms of duration, weight or load, or that the Master’s final project has between 10 and 25 percent of the total of their credits.
Description of the title, justification, objectives, admission of students, planning of teaching, academic staff, material resources and services, expected results, quality assurance system and implementation schedule are the guidelines designed by the Department that Mercedes Cabrera directs to give Official validity to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The person in charge of certifying that a study plan of a University complies with these requirements will be the CCU itself so that the Executive may include it in the official titles registry.
2 Part degree
The Degree will have two parts: T, which will be the knowledge most linked to its content, and T1, the proposal by the University and which must describe the content of the curriculum, while the Master will be ‘Master in T2 by the Universidad X ‘, whose name will be proposed by the institution itself and must refer to the content of the syllabus. The degrees will have 240 European credits between theoretical and practical training and those of Master’s degree between 60 and 120 credits, also with theoretical and practical education.
This draft phase will continue until the end of January, a period in which suggestions for a new meeting will be collected to close a document for analysis by the University Coordination Council, prolonging the debate until March. According to the Secretary of State for Universities, the four presidents of the subcommittees that received the proposal today called it “very interesting, important and useful” for having a “correct” approach.
However, these experts made some suggestions such as specifying the conditions of access to the Master or how the registration of future degrees will be, Quintanilla acknowledged. He also added that some demanded that the MEC present an initial proposal with the basic subjects of the different branches (Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences and Engineering and Architecture), as promised to do for January, since until now it had only fixed the procedure for the election of the same ones.
This proposal is a single document for all Bachelor and Master degrees, all branches and valid throughout the national territory. In this text, the Director General of Universities, Javier Vidal, said that more questions are included so that a university degree in adaptation to the Bologna Process is official, in addition to the number of subjects and their credits, as was done until now.