Durántez Prados, director of the FUNIBER Chair, and the Spanish diplomat Hernández Ruigómez delivered lectures in the Dominican Republic before academic and political authorities of the Iberoamerican Community.
The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) has played a very important role in the meeting «The Iberoamerican Community before the challenges of globalization», organized within the framework of the XXVIII Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Government currently being held in the Dominican Republic.
First, the Spanish Ambassador Manuel Hernández Ruigómez, the current Consul General of Spain in Mexico, gave a lecture, highlighting FUNIBER’s contribution and its network of collaborating universities in promoting “Iberophony in order to move forward together. Our peoples, our institutions of all kinds -FUNIBER among others, which works for the conjunction of all Spanish and Portuguese-speaking peoples-, our businessmen, our children, demand it and will thank us for it”, the diplomat reiterated.
Álvaro Durántez Prados, director of Institutional Relations and the FUNIBER Chair of Ibero-American Studies and Iberophony then took the floor. In his speech, the Spanish academic praised the possibilities offered by FUNIBER’s collaborative network: «Here we can see the triangulation of the three pan-Iberian universities with a face-to-face spirit: the Universidade Internacional do Cuanza (UNIC), in central Angola; the European University of the Atlantic in Santander, Spain (UNEATLANTICO); and the soon to be inaugurated University of La Romana in the Dominican Repblic (UNIROMANA). Pan-Iberian triangulation of universities will take place between our three countries: Spain, Dominican Republic and Angola», he stated.
The event, held in the auditorium of the Catholic University of Santo Domingo (UCSD), was hosted by Rafael Menoscal Reynoso, general director of Radio Televisión Educativa Dominicana, and attended by numerous Ibero-American personalities. The event brought together, among others, José Ramón Holguín, vice-minister of the Dominican presidency; Carmen Evarista Matías Pérez and José Cancel, vice-minister and vice-minister of administration and finance of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MESCYT); Santos Gracia Villar and Massiel Castro, president of FUNIBER and director of its Dominican headquarters; Sandra Cabrera, representative of IDIC; Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, project director of UNIROMANA; and Fernando Fernández, judge of the Superior Electoral Tribunal.