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Government will recover about of 30 homes for students

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, 42.3% of public higher education students are displaced and there is an overall average of 13% of available beds.

Of the displaced students, 40.9% are from professional higher technical courses, 41.9% from undergraduate degrees, 48.3% from integrated master's degrees, 38.9% from master's degrees and 35.7% from doctorates.

In May, the Government presented the National Housing Plan for Higher Education (PNAES), under which public higher education institutions and municipalities can use a building rehabilitation fund if they wish to make them available for university residences.

The aim is to combat the rising cost of rents due to factors such as tourist pressure.

Integrated in the Affordable Rental Program, the PNAES intends to provide funds to public higher education institutions and municipalities that have buildings that can be made available and converted to the use of student residences.

One of the instruments available is Fundiestamo, a Parpública group company that manages real estate investment funds and through which institutions can make real estate available for rehabilitation, affecting them to the use of university residences.

According to the Government, since June, dozens of collaboration processes and technical visits between higher education institutions and Fundestamo have been under way, involving other entities, namely municipalities and public bodies, for the use of the National Fund for Building Rehabilitation ( FNRE) and recover assets for student residences.

The protocols that the Government says are in the process of being celebrated for about 30 properties include institutions such as the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, the University of Lisbon, the University of Coimbra, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, the University of Évora, the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro.

The works have an estimated cost of about 10 million euros, to be taken over by Fundiestamo, through the constitution of sub-funds.

In a first phase, State real estate, municipalities, public higher education institutions and other public and third sector entities are rehabilitated with financing and an estimated return of return of at least 4% per year.

The entities that participate in the fund with their properties receive, on the other hand, units, which generate an annual income.

According to the MCTES, each sub-fund has a normal duration of ten years and during or at the end of this period the participant may recover the entire property or choose to dispose of the units in the market.

More than 10% of the candidates for the first phase of the national competition for access to higher education failed to enter a public institution, with 43,992 placed among 49,362 candidates.

Applications for the second phase of the national access competition will take place between 10 and 21 September, for which vacancies remaining in the first phase will be available, vacancies in the first phase for which the enrollment of the students placed and vacancies of the first phase released by students attempting another placement in the second.

Source: LUSA Press Agency