Monday, September 20

The advisor without a university degree resigns from the Catalan Councilor for Universities

The hitherto adviser to the Department of Research and Universities Alexander Golovin has resigned this Wednesday from the position a week after his appointment, as reported by the department in a statement. Golovin has alleged as a reason for his resignation “serious and false accusations” leveled against him, which he has not specified.

The young man, 22, was going to be in charge of preparing the speeches of the councilor, Gemma Geis, did not have a university degree and came from the Institut Ostrom, a ‘think tank’ with a liberal tendency and promoter of a campaign in favor of the “professionalization of the administration”. Golovin was going to receive a salary of 57,983.60 euros per year gross, according to the salary tables of the Generalitat updated to 2021.

Golovin was appointed to the position on September 9. He started International Relations at the Ramon Llull University but left it, and is currently studying Hebrew Studies at the University of Barcelona (UB). Both Golovin and the conselleria confirmed to that among the requirements to apply for the position there is no claim to a university degree, or a certain number of scientific publications or academic works, or work experience.

The Institut Ostrom, of which Golovin had been director of programs, promoted the manifesto ‘For a professional public direction “, in which it considered” imperative “a profound change in public administration that would involve the abandonment of” guidelines of trust and discretion ” and the incorporation of the principles of transparency, publicity, competence, concurrence and aptitude in the appointment of management personnel. “The submission of continuity in the exercise must be based on the evaluation of results and not the electoral cycle,” stated the manifest.

The Institut Ostrom has also publicly positioned itself against the reduction of university fees, a policy recently carried out by Universities, and the Catalan law regulating the price of rents and has been in favor of a generalized reduction in taxes. Despite being based in Catalonia, last August the institute explained that it has collaborated with the government of the Community of Madrid, led by Isabel Díaz-Ayuso (PP), in its tax proposal.

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