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On 15 January the supreme consultative body of the Spanish Government - the Council of State (Consejo de Estado) - has issued an opinion on the ambitious plan of the Ministry of Education to open the possibility for Spanish universities to offer three-year degree plus two years of master versus four years plus one currently in force. The opinion of the Council of State - mandatory but not binding - expresses concerns for the short horizon of time by which the reforms are supposed to enter into effect (next September) and requests to postpone their implementation to allow the universities a more coordinated adjustment to the new system. In particular, the main objections raised are:
The reform was announced in June 2014 by Education Minister José Ignacio Wert in order to harmonize with most of the countries in the European Higher Education Area (that offer three-year bachelor’s degree and two-year master’s) and in so doing to facilitate the internationalization of Spanish universities and students. Mr. Wert’s proposal is mainly supported by Catalonia while it received already the rejection of the Spanish Conference of University Rectors (CRUE).