The rector of the University of Lleida, the new president of the Catalan Association of Public Universities
Jaume Puy, rector of the University of Lleida, takes over from Javier Lafuente, rector of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, at the head of the Catalan Association of Public Universities throughout 2021.
This Tuesday, February 8, 2022, the new board of directors of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) has been set up, which will be formed for a whole year by the rector of the Universitat de Lleida, Jaume Puy, as president; the rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Daniel Crespo, as vice-president; the president of the Social Council of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Joan Enric Carreres, as second vice-president; the president of the Social Council of the Universitat de Barcelona, Joan Corominas, as third vice-president; and the rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Javier Lafuente, as secretary.
In this way, the rector of the UdL, Jaume Puy, takes over from Javier Lafuente, rector of the UAB at the head of the ACUP throughout 2021.
Jaume Puy i Llorens has been a Doctor of Chemistry from the UB since 1985. At the end of 1986 he joined the Department of Chemistry, at the Lleida School of Agricultural Engineering (ETSEA; at that time, part of the UPC , and since 1991 an integrated center at the University of Lleida). Her lines of research focus on areas such as nanomaterials, the characterization of the physicochemical processes involved in the bioavailability of nutrients and toxic elements in natural aquatic environments, or dynamic speciation. He has been a University Professor since 2002. He has been Deputy Director of the ETSEA (89-91 and 94-96), Secretary (93-94) and Director (2004-2010) of the Department of Chemistry, and Vice-Rector for Research at the University of Lleida (2011-2019). Since May 22, 2019 he has been rector of the University of Lleida.
The rectors of Catalan public universities represent the institution in the General Assembly of the ACUP, the highest governing body of the Association. The presidency falls annually and on a rotating basis pre-established in the rectors of the universities. Since 2008, the presidents of the Social Councils or equivalent positions of the member universities have been added as members of the General Assembly of the Association.
About ACUP and the new mandate for 2022
The ACUP was created in 2002 and includes the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), the University of Girona (UdG), the University of Lleida (UdL), the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). Its founding objectives are to defend the interests of public universities and the role of universities in society, to project universities internationally and to promote unique or strategic collaborative projects.
Among the objectives of this new mandate are to promote workspaces between the ACUP, other institutions and economic, social and cultural agents; to activate the different interuniversity commissions of the Association; be accountable to society for reporting; to contribute the university vision in the elaboration of the laws in process (LOSU, Law of the Science, Law of the Science in Catalonia, as well as legislations and norms that have effects in the university management, like the labor reform); to promote the development of the National Pact for the Knowledge Society; and to promote the international alliances of the Catalan university system, for example with the organization of the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education 2022 (WHEC2022) “Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future”, which will take place from 18 to 20 May 2022 in Barcelona.
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