In recent years Catalonia has managed to position its public university system alongside international leaders in terms of standards of excellence and research. These advances must be safeguarded and improved on. This scientific quality is the best foundation for a new model based on closer relationships between companies, institutions, and universities which will immediately create a driving force for the necessary transition towards a knowledge-based economy and society.
The Catalan public university system has the maturity and excellence required to provide sufficient resources and generate knowledge effectively and efficiently based on the high level of output and quality of its research personnel. At the same time, the system is under stress and struggling to keep up in terms of balancing the resources currently allocated and effective results, and the economic crisis threatens to expose the system to a potential setback.