“We have the best universities in the history of our country,” says the Chairman of CRUE on Onda Cero

On the ‘Más de uno’ programme hosted by Carlos Alsina, Roberto Fernández, Chairman of the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) has advocated for the quality of higher education in Spain: “We have the best universities in the history of our country.”

In addition, Fernandez asked politicians “to not weponise Spanish universities”, and emphasised that in the case of Pedro Sánchez’s doctoral thesis “University Camilo José Cela, from the procedural point, has acted in an irreproachable manner.”

The Chairman of the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Spanish Universities, added that “we must take great care with the university to which our children, our grandchildren and our friends go … to which we have all gone, because if you attack universities you harm the country as a whole”.

If universities have only one case of corruption, nobody regrets it more than the university community itself. In addition, we must see why it has happened, where the oversight has failed and find solutions if necessary,” said the Chairman of the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Spanish Universities.

A new law for universities

Fernandez has also detailed the content of the new Law of Universities that the CRUE has proposed to the Spanish Parliament. With this new legislation, three things are requested from Parliament: a positive vision of universities; a new law to represents them and 21st century society overall and that this new law be put forward as an Organic Law and, therefore, make it a joint agreement by all the political parties.

You can listen to the full interview with the Chairman of the CRUE here.