The Doctoral Program in Regional Development that is proposed is the result of the adaptation of the current Doctoral Program in Regional Development, Training and Employment, distinguished with the Quality Mention according to Resolution of October 20, 2008, of the Secretary of State of Universities, for which the Mention of Quality is awarded to the doctoral studies of Spanish universities for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Justification of the title
Background of the Program
The Doctoral Program in Regional Development that is proposed is the result of the adaptation of the current Doctoral Program in Regional Development, Training and Employment, distinguished with the Quality Mention according to Resolution of October 20, 2008, of the Secretary of State of Universities, for which the Mention of Quality is awarded to the doctoral studies of Spanish universities for the 2008-2009 academic year. In turn, the Regional Development, Training and Employment Program resulted from the adaptation of the Training, Employment and Regional Development Program, with a Quality Award from the Ministry of Education and Science in the 2004 call, in line with the initial reform of the studies postgraduate studies within the framework of the European Convergence in the field of higher education, and has its genesis in the final years of the 90s. It is on that date when, taking advantage of practical experience in doctoral programs, the professors of the Department of Economics of Institutions, Economic Statistics and Econometrics of the Universidad de La Laguna considered the development of a program that exceeded the conception that, at that time, predominated in the doctoral programs, and that resulted in many of these constituted a sum of disparate courses collected under a generic title capable of covering the different specialties of each of them. In this way, taking into account the lines of research developed by the members of the Department, the design of a doctoral program was proposed that would respond, on the one hand, to the interest in local development present in the Local Administration bodies of the Canarian Autonomy and, on the other hand, which in turn will take into consideration the proximity to the African continent and the historical relations with Central and South America.
At that time, there was already a wide bibliography about the importance of the local-global binomial and its incidence in all aspects of social practice, which gave the opportunity to generate a doctoral program that served the local interest and that In addition, due to its content, it will be attractive for students from other fields. The confluence between the research lines developed by the Department of Economics of Institutions, Economic Statistics and Econometrics, local interest and the impact of the global, resulted in a first program, developed jointly with the Department of Sociology, focused on the issues related to Education, Employment and Local Development. The initial collaboration of the Department of Sociology gave the program the interdisciplinary character that, subsequently, for methodological reasons, has been strengthened and reinforced. Subsequently joined the Department of Geography and then the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science, with which, and although we do not already have the Department of Sociology, both the program of Training, Employment and Regional Development, as the current The Regional Development, Training and Employment Program has allowed students to acquire the necessary knowledge to analyze, from different approaches, concrete realities and propose actions or policies in general for subnational development.
The Doctoral Program for Training, Employment and Regional Development began to be delivered in Venezuela in the 1999-2001 biennium, under the umbrella of different framework agreements signed between the Universidad de La Laguna and different Venezuelan universities (Universidad Experimental de Guayana and Universidad de los Andes ).
In 2004, this program was submitted to the call for the Quality Award of the Ministry of Education and Science, obtaining it for the 2005-2007 biennium, and in December 2006, the audit carried out by the ANECA, at the Universidad de La Laguna headquarters. Universidad de La Laguna , resulted in the renewal of this Quality Award for said Doctoral Program. Likewise, the current Program in Regional Development, Training and Employment, as a result of the adaptation of the Training, Employment and Regional Development Program, also obtained the Mention of quality according to the Resolution of October 20, 2008, of the Secretary of State for Universities .
From 2008 to 2013, in the Doctoral Program of Training, Employment and Regional Development have defended a total of 18 Doctoral Theses, with the number of students enrolled in the academic year 2012/13 of 55, while the average number of students enrolled in the program in the last five years is 75.
Relationship of the proposal with the situation of ID i of the scientific-professional sector of its thematic scope.
The proposed Doctoral Program in Regional Development has the following two lines of research:
Line 1: Governance, Sustainability and Territorial Development
Line 2: Transversal and Sectoral Policies, Energy and Transport
We understand that the two lines of research proposed are consistent and coherent with the guidelines and priorities established by the development and innovation strategies established at European, national and regional levels. Thus, for example, the National Plan for 2013-2016 and, more specifically, the State Idi Program geared to the challenges of society, integrates several lines of financing that correspond to the objectives and lines of research of the proposed Program.
On the other hand, the current Seventh Framework Program (2007-2013) presents several lines of research and funding, within its specific programs, which present synergies with the Doctoral Program in Regional Development. Thus, the Cooperation program focuses on stimulating cooperation and strengthening the links between industry and research in a transnational framework, and includes a thematic field dedicated to socio-economic sciences and the humanities.
On the other hand, the Capabilities program offers researchers powerful tools to strengthen the quality and competitiveness of European research, by promoting investments in research infrastructures in the least powerful regions, in the formation of regional research poles. research and research in favor of SMEs, which are an important element of research within the Doctoral Program in Regional Development.
And finally, the People program mobilizes significant financial resources to improve the career prospects of researchers in Europe. This program can be used within the framework of the Program to attract more young quality researchers.
Also, since 2010, the EU has been working on the design of a strategy that contributes to the exit from the crisis, that turns the EU into an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive economy that enjoys high levels of employment, productivity and cohesion. Social.
In 2010, the European Commission issued the EUROPE 2020 communication, which is a strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (COM (2010) 2020 final). The aforementioned strategy includes three mutually reinforcing priorities that define the axes on which to design the EU's action strategies, which are:
- Smart growth: development of an economy based on knowledge and innovation.
- Sustainable growth: promotion of an economy that makes more efficient use of resources, that is greener and more competitive.
- Integrative growth: promotion of an economy with a high level of employment that has social and territorial cohesion.
Likewise, within the EUROPE 2020 strategy, five objectives are established for 2020 that will set the tone of the process and will be translated into national objectives: employment, research and innovation, climate change and energy, education and the fight against poverty.
To achieve these objectives, it is necessary to provide a coherent, coordinated and comprehensive action at the different levels of governance. The European Commission has established, both for the regions and for the Member States, the obligation to have an intelligent specialization strategy to be eligible for funds
of cohesion policies for the next programming period 2014-2020. In other words, the existence of regional strategies based on smart specialization is included as an element of ex ante conditionality that subordinates the financing of the ID i within the framework of the 2014-2020 Cohesion.
The national and regional innovation strategies for smart specialization (RIS3 strategies) consist of integrated agendas of territorial economic transformation. In this sense, the following table shows the aspects that highlight the congruence of the research lines of the Doctoral Program in Regional Development (Line 1: Governance, Sustainability and Territorial Development and Line 2: Transversal and Sectoral Policies, Energy and Transport) with the objectives of the RIS3 agenda:
In July 2013, the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands presented its "Smart Specialization Strategy of the Canary Islands 2014-2020", which aims to lay the foundations for the formulation, consensus and development of a "Smart Specialization Strategy" adapted to reality of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands within the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
In assessing the relationship between regional strategic objectives and other planning documents of the EU's cohesion policy for the period 2014-2020, the analysis reveals a remarkable degree of coherence, reflecting the importance given in the region to the factors of competitiveness, productivity and policies aimed at increasing the growth potential and strengthening social cohesion, which makes the regional development strategy converge towards the same parameters of knowledge, innovation and valorization of human capital in all cases.
Likewise, the proposed Doctoral Program in Regional Development, with advanced training in research, may contribute to the intelligent specialization of the regions, making possible, among other aspects, the identification of the characteristics and exclusive assets of the study area in question, its competitive advantages and adequate governance in the process so that it is possible to bring participants together around a development strategy.
Therefore, the development of studies that contribute to quality research training in the area of regional development is of strategic interest for our region, enabling the advanced training of researchers in this field to contribute to creating a critical mass of knowledge that serves promote sustainable economic and social development. The proposed Program aims to meet this social need, covering the gap that is observed at the moment in the field of higher education in our region in this area.
Data from the statistics office of the European Union place the outermost regions among the most affected by the unemployment problem. Except for the Azores and Madeira, the rest of the regions registered unemployment rates well above the EU average. In fact, Reunion, Canary Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana are among the ten regions of the European Union with the highest unemployment rate, with the Canary Islands ranking first in this ranking. This is a reflection of the fragility and vulnerability of the economy of the outermost regions and of the Canary Islands in particular.
In the case of the Canary Islands, which is the region with the highest unemployment rate, it should be noted that in the 2007-2011 period, their unemployment rate increased by more than 12 percentage points. The impact of the crisis has had a brutal impact on the archipelago's real economy. In the second quarter of 2007 the unemployment rate in the Canary Islands was 9.7%. In two and a half years it had almost tripled. This episode is not new in the recent economic history of the archipelago, although it is becoming increasingly virulent, a clear symptom of the exhaustion of the guidelines on which the growth in the Islands has been sustained up to now.
Likewise, one of the most worrying features of unemployment in Spain and the Canary Islands is youth unemployment. At the national level, before the crisis the unemployment rates of assets between 20 and 24 years was twice the average, and that of young people under 20 years was more than triple. Since the irruption of the economic crisis, these percentages have increased substantially, standing in 2011 at around 42 and 60 percent, respectively.
By 2012, the youth unemployment rate in the Canary Islands is above the average registered nationally by almost 10 percentage points, and triples the average recorded at EU-27 level. There is also a greater incidence of gender differences in the Canarian labor market.
The coincidence in these ultraperipheral enclaves of high unemployment rates with setbacks in the levels of convergence is worrisome. In fact, the structural fragility of the ORs implies that the risk of divergence is a permanent factor that, if not adequately considered, can seriously damage the principle of equal opportunities.
As regards the evolution of the Union's regional competitiveness index, the situation for the ORs is not favorable either. This index incorporates a wide range of issues related to competitiveness, innovation, the quality of institutions, infrastructures (including digital networks) and measures of health and human capital, and will be a crucial tool in assisting EU regions to establish the right priorities to further increase their competitiveness.
Analysis and forecast of academic, social and / or professional demand both nationally and internationally
Due to the experience of both the Doctoral Program "Training, Employment and Regional Development", and the Doctoral Program "Regional Development, Training and Employment", for the proposed Program it is considered that the potential demand on the part of the students will proceed, fundamentally, of the students graduated in the following degrees as potential applicants for postgraduate studies:
- Graduates / Graduates: Economics; Business Management; Geography; Sociology; Political Sciences; and Right
- Diplomas / Graduates: Business Studies; Accounting and Finance; Tourism; and Social Work The annual average of graduates (2007 / 08-2011 / 12) for the total number of degrees considered is 776 graduates, which represent nearly 50% of the annual average of graduates in the area of Social and Legal Sciences of the Universidad de La Laguna in that period, and almost 28% of the average of the annual graduates of the whole Universidad de La Laguna in the period considered.
On the other hand, the data obtained in the survey conducted by the decanal team of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences among the students of the last years of the Bachelor of Economics and the Bachelor of ADE to collect information useful for design of the Graduate Programs, it follows that:
- Of the total number of students who had planned to finish their undergraduate studies in that year, more than 20 percent contemplated doing postgraduate studies, while the percentage of students who had not yet decided was 57 percent.
- Of the students who had planned to finish their degree that year and had decided to pursue a postgraduate degree, more than 36 percent wanted to study at the Universidad de La Laguna . And of those who finished their studies but had not decided if they would do postgraduate studies, about 40 percent preferred to do it at the Universidad de La Laguna .
With regard to the average number of graduates in the official Master's degrees of the ULL in the academic years 2007/08 to 2011/12, it can be seen that more than 60 percent correspond to Official Master's degrees in the area of Social and Legal Sciences .
Given the lack of availability of comprehensive data on the results of Doctoral Programs, and that the proposed Program is the result of the initial transformation of the Doctoral Program "Training, Employment and Regional Development", and the current "Regional Development, Training and Employment ", the behavior that has registered the demand of these Doctorate Programs is very useful to estimate the future demand of the Doctoral Program in Regional Development that is proposed. Said data is collected in items 3.3 and 8.3 of the present report.
On the other hand, the potential for attracting foreign students is high. Since the 1999/2001 biennium, the Doctorate Program for Training, Employment and Regional Development was taught in Venezuela under the agreement signed between the Universidad de La Laguna and several Venezuelan universities (Universidad Experimental de Guayana (UNEG) and Universidad de Los Andes (ULA The maintenance of this cooperation framework and its expansion in the new scenario of the EEA is of importance The work carried out during these years, as well as the success of the Program, have had a very favorable impact on the international projection of the Universidad de La Laguna , interested in our doctoral program other Universities of South America and culminating new collaboration agreements with Brazil and Mexico, while we are in contact with several Latin American universities for the establishment
of collaboration agreements that incorporate postgraduate studies (Master and Doctorate in Regional Development).
In the Doctoral Program we have also had university students from the African continent, and certainly within the new role that the European Union assigns to the outermost regions in its cooperation framework with third countries, the Canary Islands have enormous potential to become not only a logistics platform but, above all, in a training platform, contributing in this way to the development of the neighboring continent in a crucial area such as regional development. The advanced training that graduates of these countries can acquire would undoubtedly be very useful for the decision-making process and the design and implementation of long-term regional development programs. The Canary Islands are in a very advantageous situation to be an advanced training platform for graduates from these countries. In this regard, highlight the collaboration agreement with the University of Katyavala Bwila (UKB-Angola) and those in the process of negotiation in other countries of the African continent.
Students with full-time and part-time dedication
The Doctoral Program in Regional Development, in its first year of implementation, proposes a total of 20 new admission places, of which 8 are for part-time students.
Affiliation of the Program to the Doctoral School and relationship with the ID i strategy of the ULL
The Universidad de La Laguna has approved, in the session of September 26, 2013 of its Governing Council, the Regulation for the Creation of the Doctoral School, where all the Official Doctoral Programs will be integrated. In said Regulation it is established that, until the effective creation of said School, the programs will be ascribed to the Faculties in which they teach. In the case of the proposed program, the center of affiliation is, then, the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences.
The proposed doctoral program is not (yet) ascribed to a doctoral school because the Universidad de La Laguna approved, in its Governing Council dated September 26, 2013, the Operating Regulations of its Doctoral School, as of date today it has not started its activity, so the official doctoral programs of the ULL will remain, temporarily, attached to the Faculties in which they are taught or those that have proposed them, as stated in the Teaching Regulations Doctorate Officers of the ULL. In our case, among the current Official Doctoral Programs of the ULL is the Doctoral Program in Regional Development, Training and Employment, which
It has the Quality Mention by Resolution of October 20, 2008, from the State Secretariat of Universities, which is taught at the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences and which forms the basis on which the present proposal has been built.
On the other hand, we must point out that the Universidad de La Laguna does not yet have a specific ID Plan, although it does have a Strategic Research Plan, which was prepared in 2008 and which frames the research lines developed in the current Official Doctoral Program in Regional Development, Training and Employment, and those of the proposed Regional Development program. For example, on page 15 of the Strategic Plan, these two opportunities for the planning of the ULL's research activity in the Social and Legal CC Branch are pointed out, which are closely related to the theme of the Program of Doctorate Proposed:
- the demands of alternatives to the current development model in Canarian society,
- the increase of initiatives and programs within the European framework that promote cooperation towards Ibero-America and Africa, as well as for the outermost regions.
Likewise, the theme of Regional Development is a transversal issue in the Tricontinental Atlantic Campus,
Campus of International Excellence of the Canary Islands (CEI). It should be noted that among the actions contemplated in the CEI are those related to the consolidation of the UNAMUNO Network of Universities of the Ultraperipheral Regions of the European Union (RUP), which is led by the two Canarian public universities (the Universidad de La Laguna and that of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), and in which researchers directly participate members of the proposed Doctorate Program, leading research actions related to the integration of African universities and research projects focused on issues of Regional Development and Sustainability. At the same time, we would like to point out that the CEI (which constitutes a fundamental strategic commitment of the Universidad de La Laguna , as evidenced by the fact of having an exclusive Vice-Rector for its management) has promoted and strengthened the agreements and alliances of the Program of Doctorate in Regional Development, Training and Employment with other Universities through its Internationalization Program, as part of the key strategy of the CEI itself.
Finally, note that the lines included in the proposed Doctoral Program are also in line with what is indicated in the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016, which incorporates topics related to regional development that cover related issues with the economy of work, training, regional planning and the environment, among others.
Likewise, we understand that the research lines of the Doctorate Program proposed are related to the priority lines indicated in the recently approved Horizon 2020 (more specifically, among the Challenges of the Society, which includes the bioeconomy, the third, it is dedicated to safe, clean and efficient energy, the fifth is devoted to the environment, and the sixth, called "Europe in a changing world, inclusive, innovative and reflective societies", in which issues related to economic and social development are framed social, innovation and wellbeing), the relationship with this new program is such that some of the researchers who direct and participate in the research lines of the proposed Doctoral Program are, at this time, preparing project proposals that will be presented in the next European calls.
At the regional level (Canary Islands), the Canary Islands Integrated Plan of ID i 2011-2015, which constitutes short and medium term planning in the field of Research, Innovation and the Information Society, includes programs aimed at increasing knowledge, advancing Innovation and improvement of Business Competitiveness. Thus, among the seven values that are explicit, the first four are directly related to the subjects developed in the Doctoral Program presented here, such as:
- Economic competitiveness based on knowledge
- Sustainable development
- Quality employment
- Training and attraction of talent
We believe, therefore, that both at the European (EU), National (Spain), and Regional (Canary) levels, and of course at the Universidad de La Laguna , emphasis is placed on the strategies and actions related to regional development , training and employment from a multidisciplinary perspective, which constitute the thematic nuclei that are included in the new Doctoral Program of Regional Development that is proposed, and that have also been developed in the current doctoral program to date, which constitutes the basis on which this new proposal is formulated.
Composition of the Technical Commission and the initial Academic Committee
For the purposes of specifying this report, a Technical Commission was established for its preparation, and an Academic Coordinator and an Academic Committee, requested in the feasibility study of the Program, have been proposed at the request of the competent vice-rector's office. Doctorate
- Mrs. Carmen D. Wehbe Herrera
- Ms. Flora Mª Díaz Pérez
- D. Serafín Corral Quintana
- Mr. José L. Rivero Ceballos
- D. Francisco J. Martín Álvarez
- Mr. José Adrián García Rojas
- D. Jesús Hernández Hernández
- Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences
- Quality Coordinator of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences
- D. Carlos J. Rodríguez Fuentes
- Academic Coordinator of the Doctorate Program
- Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, or person delegated
- Secretary of the Academic Committee of the Master in Regional Development
- 4 Professors / Researchers of the two lines of research presented by the Doctoral Program
- CB11 - Systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of research skills and methods related to that field.
- CB12 - Ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adopt a substantial research or creation process.
- CB13 - Ability to contribute to the expansion of knowledge frontiers through original research.
- CB14 - Ability to perform a critical analysis and evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
- CB15 - Ability to communicate with the academic and scientific community and with society in general about their fields of knowledge in the modes and languages commonly used in their international scientific community.
- CB16 - Ability to promote, in academic and professional contexts, the scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advancement within a society based on knowledge.
Personal abilities and skills
- CA01 - Develop in contexts in which there is little specific information.
- CA02 - Find the key questions that must be answered to solve a complex problem.
- CA03 - Design, create, develop and undertake innovative and innovative projects in their field of knowledge.
- CA04 - Work both as a team and independently in an international or multidisciplinary context.
- CA05 - Integrate knowledge, face complexity and formulate judgments with limited information.
- CA06 - The intellectual criticism and defense of solutions.
- CG1 - The acquisition of additional skills is not contemplated
- Participation in workshops and // or seminars on research methodologies applied to social sciences
- Collaboration in the organization of seminars, workshops, congresses, etc.
- Seminars given by teaching and research staff participating in the program (including visiting professors)
- Participation in specialized congresses
- Active participation in seminars organized by the academic committee of the doctorate program
- Preparation of a scientific article
- Stays in ID Centers (i)
Lines of investigation
- Line 1: Governance, sustainability and territorial development
- Line 2: Transversal and sectoral policies, energy and transport
To be admitted to the Doctoral Program in Regional Development, it is necessary to comply with the general access requirements indicated in the previous section.
Regarding admission to the program, the Official Doctoral Teaching Regulations of the Universidad de La Laguna (Resolution of January 17, 2013) establishes that the academic committees of the doctoral programs may establish additional requirements and criteria for selection and admission of the students corresponding to the Program. Since the proposed program does not include specific or additional admission requirements, the Academic Committee, taking into account the general access requirements previously mentioned, will take into consideration
the following aspects -with the weights indicated- when evaluating and resolving applications for admission to the Doctoral Program:
- The CV of the candidate (35%). Those aspects related to the degree and / or master studies that the applicant has, as well as the official qualifications, courses and training activities received and / or taught, and the rest of the activities and merits contained in the CV that the Commission will assess will be fundamentally valued. Academic (motivated) consider more suitable for the development of the research activity in the framework of the research lines of the program).
- The qualifications obtained in the degree and / or master's degree (25%), corresponding to 10% to the degree and the remaining 15% to the Master's studies.
- Previous training in research (subjects of initiation to research and master's degree work), participation in research projects or research contracts (10%)
- Accreditation of knowledge of languages (15%). Acredit a level A2 corresponds to 5%, and a level B1 with 10%; the level B2 (or higher) accreditation corresponds to 15%.
- Professional experience in fields related to the areas of knowledge of the program and the activity in preparation and management of public policies (15%)
The Official Doctoral Teaching Regulations of the Universidad de La Laguna establish that admission to doctoral programs may include the requirement of specific training complements, in line with the admission profiles established for the corresponding doctoral program. These add-ons
Specific training will have, for the purposes of public prices and granting scholarships and study aids, the consideration of doctoral level training and its development will not count for purposes of the credit limits established in the previous section of access requirements.
Eventually, after evaluating the applicant's curriculum, additional specific training courses of the disciplines where the doctorate is framed may be required. Therefore, in those cases in which the Academic Committee considers that the previous training of the candidate is not sufficient or is not adequate for access to the doctoral program, it may be required that specific training complements be made.
Students with specific training deficiencies are required to take training complements. Students who are required to complete training must sign the corresponding proposal for training complements prepared by the Academic Committee prior to approval for admission to the program. In this proposal a clause will be included in which it will be indicated that not passing the training complements will prevent the approval for the defense of the doctoral thesis. The tutor of the student must present a report to the Academic Committee in which it endorses the total or partial improvement of the aforementioned training complements.
The Regulation of Official Teaching of Doctorate of the Universidad de La Laguna establishes that the systems and procedures of admission must include, in the case of students with special educational needs derived from the disability, the adequate support and counseling services, which will assess the need of possible curricular adaptations, itineraries or alternative studies. Admission of students with special educational needs.
Regarding the admission systems and procedures adapted to students with special educational needs, we can say that the ULL has services that support the group of students with special educational needs derived from their disability status.
Five per cent of the available seats will be reserved for students who have recognized a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33 percent, as well as for those students with permanent special educational needs associated with personal circumstances of disability, who during their previous schooling have precise of resources and supports for its full educational normalization.
The Academic Commission will evaluate in detail the requests coming from students with specific educational needs derived from their disability. In the cases, the necessary support mechanisms will be established in the admission process so that the student can successfully complete the studies and the possible curricular adaptations will be analyzed individually.
The communication of the granted place will be understood through the publication of the admitted lists in the web pages of the Graduate Postgraduate of the ULL, so that individualized writing will not be sent. However, the student must pick up the admission resolution in the Graduate School.
The doctoral program includes the completion of part-time doctoral studies. The admission criteria and procedures for students who opt for this type of study will be exactly the same as those of full-time students. Students may change from part-time to full-time or vice versa, upon request and approval by the Academic Committee of the Doctorate.
By definition, it is understood that all students who enroll in an official doctoral program will be full time.
In order to be considered a doctoral student on a part-time basis, the corresponding application must be submitted in the manner and within the periods established for this, justifying the impossibility of carrying out these studies on a full-time basis for reasons of work activity, special educational needs, family care needs, high performance athletes or high level, as well as those that are contemplated in the rules of permanence of the ULL or, where appropriate, the regulations that develop them.
These applications will be resolved before the period established for enrollment in doctoral studies by the academic committee of the corresponding doctoral program. Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.
PhD students may request the change of dedication regime for justified reasons. The academic commission of the official doctoral program will issue a report in this regard authorizing or denying such change. Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.
The duration of the doctoral studies will be a maximum of three years for those students on a full-time basis, from the admission of the doctoral student to the program until the presentation of the doctoral thesis.
If after the aforementioned period of three years the application for depositing the thesis has not been presented, the doctoral student may request the extension of this term for one more year that, exceptionally, could be extended for another additional year, under the conditions that have been established in the corresponding doctoral program. The academic commission of the official doctoral program will issue in each case a report in this regard to the director of the Doctorate School or body to which the doctoral program in which the interested party is enrolled, which will dictate the corresponding resolution. Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.
In the case of doctoral students on a part-time basis, these studies may have a maximum duration of five years from admission to the program until the presentation of the doctoral thesis. In this case, the extension may be authorized for two more years. Term that, likewise, and exceptionally, could be extended for another additional year, under the conditions established in the corresponding doctoral program. The doctoral candidate must request the corresponding extensions, if applicable. The academic commission of the official doctoral program will issue a report to the director of the Doctoral School or body to which the doctoral program in which he / she is enrolled depends, which will dictate the corresponding resolution. Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.
In the case of doctoral students who have changed their dedication regime during the course of their studies, a factor of 5/3 is established for the step from full-time dedication to part-time and 3/5 dedication. for changes from partial to full dedication, for the purposes of the temporary computation established in sections one and three of this article.
For the purposes of calculating the periods indicated in the previous sections will not be taken into account sick leave, pregnancy or any other cause provided by current regulations.
Likewise, the doctoral candidate may request a temporary withdrawal from the program for a maximum period of one year, which may be extended up to one more year. Said request must be addressed and justified before the academic commission responsible for the program. The academic commission of the official doctoral program will issue a report to the director of the Doctoral School or body to which the doctoral program in which the interested party is enrolled will dictate the corresponding resolution. Against this resolution, an appeal may be filed before the Rector within one month of its notification.
The Universidad de La Laguna also has a Regulation of Permanence, which can be consulted in the following link, and which refers to the Doctorate studies only indicates the following (article 2): In the case of doctoral studies , the rules of progress and permanence will be adjusted to what is established in the current State Regulations, its regulatory development by the Universidad de La Laguna and, where applicable, what is provided by any regulation that develops the provisions of these regulations.