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Joan Elias is elected rector of the University of Barcelona

Joan Elias has been elected rector of the University of Barcelona in the second round of the elections for the Rector’s Office of the UB.

Joan Elias has been elected rector of the University of Barcelona in the second round of the elections for the Rector’s Office of the UB.

01/12/2016

Institucional

Joan Elias, professor of Mathematics, is the new rector of the University of Barcelona, after having obtained the 53,07% of the weighted vote in the second round of the elections for the Rector’s Office which took place today, December 1. The other candidate, Màrius Rubiralta, professor of Organic Chemistry, obtained the 46,93% of the weighted vote. Joan Elias will be the head of government of the University for four years.

The elections, which called 62.998 people from different university groups to participate, took place with no incidents. At the end of the day, 8.671 people had voted, corresponding to the 13,76% of the total (lower participation than the first round’s, which was of 16,10%). Out of these votes, 8.327 were for the candidates, 195 blank and 149 spoiled.

This is the fourth time, according to the current regulation, that the university community elects their rector through direct election and universal suffrage. The vote is weighted and its value depends on each university collective, according to the Statute of the University of Barcelona. Permanent professors (2.009 people) compute 51% of the total; other teaching and research staff (4.074 people), 9%; students (54.645 people), 30%; and administrative and service staff (2.270 people), 10%.

 

The new rector

Joan Elias García (Barcelona, 1956) is professor of Mathematics. Over his academic life he has combined teaching, research on commutative algebra and management. He was Head of Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Vice-Rector of the University of Barcelona and Secretary-General of the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia. He has been the main researcher for several research projects, national networks and actions integrated in other countries.

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