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Prominent sociologist appointed Spain’s universities minister

Image: Jorge Gonzales [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Manuel Castells tasked with increasing access to Spanish higher education

Spain’s new prime minister Pedro Sánchez has appointed highly cited sociologist Manuel Castells (pictured) as the country’s new universities minister.

Sánchez revealed his 22 cabinet picks on 12 January, after narrowly winning parliamentary approval to return to office earlier this month. His party, the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, will form a minority coalition government with the left-wing populist party Podemos. 

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