The assembly hall of the Universidad Europea del Atlántico (European University of the Atlantic, UNEATLANTICO) was dressed with distinction this Thursday to receive a notable concurrence composed of authorities, representatives of institutions, relatives, students, and the Cantabrian community.
With palpable enthusiasm, everyone gathered to enjoy a new recital of the “Pasión de Falla” (de Falla Passion), masterfully presented by the virtuoso pianist José Luis Nieto as part of the festivities commemorating the tenth anniversary of the institution.
José Luis Nieto, a renowned pianist with an extensive international career, captivated the audience for more than an hour with his recital entitled “Pasión de Falla,” a presentation that fused various musical pieces by the illustrious Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, including “The Three-Cornered Hat,” “El amor brujo” (Love, the sorcerer), and “Fantasía bética” (Betic Fantasy).
In addition, Nieto captivated the audience with his charisma and proximity, demonstrating not only virtuosity at the piano but also a remarkable interaction during the concert. This connection resulted in effusive ovations throughout the evening. At the end of the event, the musician took time to sign albums and books, thus consolidating an unforgettable closing for the evening.
Attendees arrived continuously until after 7:00 p.m., when the event began. The celebration was opened by Pablo Puente, Communications Coordinator, who introduced the event. Initially, an emotional video commemorating the tenth anniversary was presented in which the university staff acted as a guide through the most important milestones of the institution’s first ten years.
The video concluded with the testimony of Alicia Bustamante, Manager of UNEATLANTICO, who stated that “although we have been in existence for ten years, we still have many challenges ahead. We do not stop. We do not slow down our pace to continue being the university that our students need to be the professionals of the future.”
The university’s rector, Rubén Calderón, then took the floor and acknowledged that “in a decade we have left a significant mark, both economically and academically. We have implemented 16 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s degrees, 2 doctoral programs, research projects, knowledge transfer, and various university extension activities.”
Likewise, Calderón affirmed that “all this would not be possible without the joint effort of the team and companies that participated in the construction of the campus, the sports facilities, and the residences, all of which are Cantabrian. He also thanked the corporations that actively participate with the university in research projects, knowledge transfer, and internship programs.”
Finally, the rector expressed special thanks to FUNIBER, the entity that, from the beginning, envisioned the possibility of establishing a new university. “With a presence in 40 countries, we owe to them the fact that our university exists.”