March 8, 2021

Fuerteventura distinguishes the University of Las Palmas – The Province

Fuerteventura distinguishes the University of Las Palmas - The Province

Tomorrow Thursday, March 28, at 8:00 p.m. in the Palace of Formation and Congress of Puerto del Rosario, the Cabildo of Fuerteventura deliver your Honors and Distinctions eleven personalities and collectives, including the professor of University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and director of the University Institute of Animal Health (IUSA), Antonio Fernández Rodríguez, who will be given the title of Adoptive Son of Fuerteventura; Yet the Teaching Support Unit of the ULPGC in Fuerteventura, which they will distinguish with the Fuerteventura Cabildo Award for Cultural Merit, which will be collected by the Rector Rafael Robaina.

Antonio Jesús Fernández Rodríguez (Santa Cruz de la Palma, 1959) has a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Córdoba, where he received his doctorate with an Extraordinary Award in 1985. Throughout his professional career, Fernández has been a professor and researcher at the universities of Córdoba, Santiago de Compostela, Hannover (Germany), Cornell (United States) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Since 1982 he has been a professor of Histology and Pathology and has two European specialties in Veterinary Pathology and Wildlife Health, and from 1993 to 2007, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and vice-rector of research of the ULPGC, for five and nine years respectively.

Since 2008, he is director of the University Institute of Research in Animal Health and Food Safety. Among several national and international awards, it stands out as the Canary Islands Research and Innovation Prize in 2008.

From its incorporation to the ULPGC, in 1992, it promotes the strong scientific base that must have the professionals of the veterinary sciences, both terrestrial and marine. It is a total conviction that the veterinary sciences are one of the professions of the 21st century and that the Canary Islands will be a benchmark for the future in environmental and marine veterinary medicine.

The name of Antonio Fernández has been linked to the Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve and its scientific committee since its inception. Since the ULPGC has always supported the R + D + I of the island with work in Health and Production of goat livestock, and particularly in health of marine animals. For this work in cetaceans, in 2003, he was rewarded with the Environment Award of Fuerteventura.
His curriculum includes more than 200 international scientific publications and more than 500 presentations at national and international conferences. Of note are those published in the prestigious journal Nature, in which the causes of the massive stranding of cetaceans were analyzed in September 2002 in Fuerteventura, coinciding with the performance of naval maneuvers.

The results of these works, originating in Fuerteventura, formed the basis of a resolution of the European Parliament for the establishment of an anti-sonar moratorium in the Canary Islands, which is still a world reference for the environmental protection of cetaceans.

The group of scientists led by Antonio Fernández on the Sanitary Control of Cetaceans in the Atlantic has placed the Veterinary Faculty and the ULPGC as a world leader in international organizations for the conservation of nature and the health of their fauna, strengthening the role of the environmental and marine veterinarian that is promoted as a reference from the Canary Islands.

For its part, the Teaching Support Unit of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria began its journey in Fuerteventura in September 2009 with the establishment of university studies in Nursing on the island.

The implementation of Nursing studies in Fuerteventura came to respond to the lack of professional nurses on the island. The only formula to solve the problem was to train professionals in Fuerteventura so it began to raise the possibility of creating a nursing studies in it.

He played in favor of the project, the predisposition of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that had been working for some time to decentralize the studies and have a greater presence in the eastern islands. He also played in favor of the involvement of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura, which endeavored to make this project a reality.

Nursing studies became a reality in 2009. One year later, it became a degree. In 2012, the first Nursing students of Fuerteventura were taught. Since then, six promotions have taken to the streets and around 240 students have lined up, many of them majoreros.

The Nursing degree has also allowed many local professionals in the health system and other areas to work as teachers in the School of Nursing of the ULPGC.

The Teaching Support Unit of the University of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria also carries out senior courses in Fuerteventura: Peritia e Doctrina in which 170 people have enrolled since 2009; the Diploma of Canary Studies with 195 enrolled since its creation; European Studies with 93 enrolled and Africans with 76 enrolled. In a few months Latin American studies will be added to the offer.

In addition, since 2013, it has supported a Chinese culture and language course and distance learning online courses taught by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

In total, the Cabildo de Fuerteventrua will distinguish 11 personalities and groups tomorrow:
– Title of Favorite Daughter of Fuerteventura: Juana Castillo Ravelo.
– Title of Adoptive Son of Fuerteventura: Antonio Jesús Fernández Rodríguez.
– Gold Medal of Fuerteventura: Radio ECCA.
– Fuerteventura Medal in Silver category: Elías Rodríguez Rodríguez.
– Fuerteventura Medal in the Silver category: María Asunción Armas Alonso.
– Fuerteventura Medal in the Silver category: Cotillo Joven Association.
– Fuerteventura Medal in Silver category: Stephan Scholz.
– Fuerteventura Cabildo Award for Social Merit: Hospitable Clowns of Fuerteventura Hospital.
– Fuerteventura Cabildo Award for Cultural Merit: Teaching Support Unit of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
– Fuerteventura Cabildo Award for Artistic Merit: Juan Miguel Cubas Sánchez.
– Fuerteventura Cabildo Award for Sports Merit: Eduardo Blasco Álvarez.


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