The rector of the University of Salamanca, Ricardo Rivero Ortega, today extolled the "decades-long collaboration" that his center has with Colombia, which he considers to be a true "academic bridge between Spain and Colombia."
This was said to Efe after receiving on behalf of the university the Grand Cross as a Commander of the Simon Bolivar Order of Democracy by the Congress of the Republic of Colombia, which he considers "an honor".
"It shows a collaboration of many decades both with the Congress of Colombia and with the institutions of this country," said the rector after receiving the Grand Cross.
This civil distinction is granted by the House of Representatives of Colombia to citizens or institutions that have distinguished themselves for their service to Colombia in any field.
The University of Salamanca commemorated its eighth centenary with a visit to Colombia, in which, in addition to receiving the aforementioned distinction, participated in the inauguration of two exhibitions on the history of the institution and on the figure of the writer Miguel de Unamuno.
Unamuno was rector of the center on three occasions, the last from 1931 to 1936, year in which he was dismissed by the dictator Francisco Franco, involved at that time during the Civil War.
The second exhibition, entitled "University of Salamanca, America and the School of Salamanca", is installed in the Luis Ángel Arango Library
Rector Rivero Ortega also participated in a meeting with counterparts from the Universia group, in which "they shared experiences" and fostered "new collaboration networks in degrees, academic offers and challenges that are common and shared, such as digital transformation", according to detailed to Efe.