The director of the UCJC Chair on Educational Policies, Francisco Lopez Rupérez, took part in a round table discussion on education in the forum entitled ‘Wake Up, Spain!’Learning, growth and sustainability in a Europe of solidarity’ organised by the new website Invertia, El Español and DI (Disruptors and Innovators).
The Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Pilar Alegría, emphasised the need to break the gender gap in school curricula, since “only 10 out of 100 computer science intermediate vocational training students are women”.
On this matter, López Rupérez explained that a study by the Chair that he leads has already warned that only 4.2% of Spanish adolescent girls see themselves working in science. According to the aforementioned study, this gap is explained by the effects of social gender biases, such as, for example, the transfer of collective expectations and the role of stereotypes in our society, and the impact of personal preferences, “heavily influenced by parents and, very especially, by mothers”.
The panel addressed the need to train graduates in digital skills, since “80% of graduates do not have the skills that companies demand.” The director of the UCJC chair warned in this regard that “since the end of the last century there has been a movement in the direction of guiding education to increase the level of intellectual competence that digital transformation entails. A trend towards STEM increases the quality of curricula. But on the other hand, over the years, “non-cognitive skills such as resilience, effort and perseverance have gained weight.”
Also taking part in the panel discussion were Mariano Jabonero, secretary general of the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI); Hortensia Roig, president of EDM; Jose Maria Gonzalez-Irun Velasco, General Manager North Zone Cesur; and Javier Tello, General Director of the San Pablo CEU University Foundation.
The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, inaugurated the second edition of this forum. The cycle of conferences was held between the 4 and 8 April and its central axis was the analysis of the different Economic Transformation and Recovery Projects (PERTE) and of the main reforms adopted after the arrival of the Next Generation Funds under the umbrella of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
Participating in the event were members of the government, social agents, regional presidents, mayors, businessmen and national and international leaders.