With their presence during the inauguration of the new honoris causa, the King and Queen of Spain demonstrated their commitment to the Spanish language and the city of Salamanca.

The King and Queen of Spain are commited to spanish

Víctor García de la Concha, Director of Instituto Cervantes, and José Ramón Narro, former Chancellor of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), received honorary doctorates honoris causa by the University of Salamanca in a ceremony presided for the first time by the current King and Queen of Spain.

The act recognizes the impetus and collaboration of both recipients in creating the  International Service for the Evaluation of the Spanish Language (SIELE).

I would like to highlight a few of the most memorable points made during the speeches made during the inauguration ceremony. Daniel Hernández Ruipérez, Rector of the University of Salamanca, pointed out the relevance of Spanish as the “heritage of all people” and identified the award recipients as those responsible for the “Panhispanic Revolution”.

Victor Garcia, director of the Cervantes Institute, argued for the growth of the Spanish language, made possible by the regulations established by Antonio Nebrija in 1492, which opened the path to other distinguished scholars such as Fray Luis de Leon and Lope de Vega.

Education is the master key which grants access to all human rights and to the enjoyment of a more humane life.

The former Rector of UNAM and current Secretary of Health in Mexico, Jose Narro, gave an excellent speech on education and its role in “combating ignorance, reducing poverty and fostering equality”. In his opinion, education “is the master key which grants access to all human rights and to the enjoyment of a more human life”.

I would like to underscore the importance for Narro of the role of women in the university. He called for an “urgent” decision to “transform or accelerate change” given the absence of women leaders in universities.

The king and the Queen of Spain are commited to spanish

More information and speeches available at Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca.

 

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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