At the moment, the Senate is debating the project, and accompanied by the rectors of the eleven units and campuses, the president of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Mayra Olavarría Cruz, warned that the project that creates the enabling law of the Debt Adjustment Plan (PAD) falls short in terms of the economic benefits it seeks to establish for the island’s main educational center.
Olavarría Cruz, as well as the rectors and rectors, favored the Scholarship Trust Fund at the UPR proposed by the measure; However, they warned that the budget allocation of $ 500 million that would be established for five years for the institution does not guarantee compliance with all its obligations, including contributions to the UPR Retirement System, requirements of the accrediting agencies, as well as services to the people and the education of excellence and quality that distinguish it.
“The closure of enclosures or units of the UPR system is not contemplated in any plan of this presidency or of the Governing Board of the UPR. At a time when the country is going through a serious economic and social crisis, each campus and unit takes on vital importance, not only as centers of education and socioeconomic development, but as an entity for the production of knowledge and practices that the country needs to redesign a new social pact of equity, democracy and justice with the people of Puerto Rico. However, it is vital that the Legislative Assembly identify the resources that the UPR needs to continue operating fully, while we identify new sources of income, ”said the official.
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The president and the rectors established in their meetings with the majority and minority senators that the UPR cannot bear an additional budget cut, while sharing mechanisms of fiscal responsibility to be more efficient and effective.
“From the University we need to have the economic conditions to enhance its assets and place them for the benefit of the people of Puerto Rico. The UPR is part of that country project and each unit, from each of the regions of our island, is an asset for the development of Puerto Rico. We trust that the Senate of Puerto Rico will listen to us and take concrete actions that address our concerns for the benefit of the main educational center, our students and the future of Puerto Rico ”, concluded Olavarría Cruz.
The efforts of the rectors and the president before the Senate were joined by the vice presidents of Academic Affairs and Research and Student Affairs, Ubaldo Córdova and José Perdomo, respectively.