"Without science there is no possible economic development". This is the "mantra" that the rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria moved yesterday, Rafael Robaina, to the young researchers in the framework of the investiture ceremony of doctors and doctors who defended their thesis last academic year 2017/2018. An event in which the role of the ULPGC as the number one research organization in the Canary Islands in attracting projects from the European Union, indicative of progress in the generation of economic and social wealth in the archipelago, was announced.
The funding received by the researchers of the ULPGC in 2017 amounted to 13.4 million euros, corresponding to regional, national and European research projects, as well as the innovation model offered to society through its Science and Technology Park . "Of all this funding, almost 3 million correspond to European funds H2020, a program in which we lead six projects in the areas related to climate change, energy and information technology, telecommunications, blue economy and medical technology", informed the rector during the ceremony who chaired with the Director General of Universities of Government of the Canary Islands Ciro Gutiérrez, the president of the Social Council of the ULPGC Ángel Tristán, the vice-rector for Research, Innovation and Transfer José Pablo Suárez, the vice-rector for Coordination and Institutional Projects José Miguel Doña, and the general secretary of the ULPGC Rosa Rodríguez.
Robaina took advantage of his intervention to vindicate the role of the University in the innovation of the Canary Islands economic model through knowledge. He pointed out that a group of experts from the European Union, relates to higher education centers with the success of the Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3), highlighting "the direct involvement of universities in the regional innovative ecosystem."
In this regard, he cited the campus of international excellence of the Canary Islands, the result of the alliance of public universities (ULPGC and ULL), based on three strategic areas for the Archipelago: Marine and Maritime Sciences and Technologies, Astrophysics and Biomedicine. And he pointed out a series of international projects that show the success of university participation in RIS3 actions in Sweden, Wales and Ireland, "an example of the contribution of basic R & D funds from a country by adding value to the development of an innovative ecosystem. "
With this message, the rector wanted to encourage the new doctors and the Canarian society to continue betting on the path of research as an engine of economic development in the region. "In the university community we will not tire of repeating that without science there is no possible economic development," Robaina insisted. "New doctors and doctors for the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, repeat this as a mantra and it will finish socially, "he concluded.
The investiture of doctors, which this year was held for the first time outside the auditorium of the institutional headquarters of the ULPGC, specifically in the assembly hall of the School of Industrial and Civil Engineering, in the Campus of Tafira, had as protagonists the 13 researchers who last year defended their doctoral thesis within the framework of the new Doctorate regulation.
However, José Pablo Suárez, indicated during the reading of the Course Report 2017-2018, the defense in that period of his doctoral thesis by 65 doctoral students, of which, 12 did in the branch of Arts and Humanities, 23 for Social and Legal Sciences, 8 for Science, 9 for Health Sciences and 13 for Engineering and Architecture. "Today there are 65 new doctors and doctors because in the act of last year it was decided to include the 52 of the month of September that corresponded to the regulation of Doctorate to extinguish," said the Vice Chancellor for Research.
In this way, yesterday it was invested as doctors to Guillermo Manuel Álamo Meneses, Isabel Isabel Martín González, Ismael Quevedo Medina, María Belén González Morales, Norberto Ruiz Suárez, Wiam El-Alami, Lili Wang, Patricia del Carmen Pérez López, Víctor Alejandro Chang Rojas, Pedro Jesus Cabrera Santana, Iván Daniel Guerra Moreno and José Ramón García Naranjo.
Likewise, María Belén González Morales was appointed as extraordinary doctoral thesis awards in the Arts and Humanities branch; Igor Fernández Urruzola, in Sciences; to Arminda del Carmen Almeida Santana, and Víctor Alejandro Chang Rojas, in Social and Legal Sciences; Norberto Ruiz Suárez in Health Sciences; and Víctor Guerra Yánez in Engineering and Architecture.
"Undoubtedly, the most important thing in our research is people, researchers like you who are committed to some of our recognized research groups," said the vice-rector, who added that 1,585 ULPGC researchers and 914 members of the Research Teaching Staff (PDI) of the University and 671 related personnel, such as hired, collaborators and technicians, among others. "It is an immense privilege to share this act with you, young and consolidated researchers, where rests the desire and desire of the Canarian society to advance, develop and enrich themselves," concluded the Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Transfer.