Higher education is mainly provided by both public and private universities. The Consejo de Universidades (where the Ministry, the Comunidades Autonomas and the Universidades are represented) coordinates the activities of state and private institutions and proposes the main lines of educational policy. It also sets up guidelines for the creation of universities, centers and institutes. It can also propose measures concerning advanced postgraduate studies, the defining of qualifications to be officially recognized throughout the country and standards governing the creation of university departments. The legislation on university autonomy provides for administrative, academic and financial autonomy.

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