The University’s dialogue with civil society must be intense and continuous”. With this statement, María Emilia Adán, the president of the Social Council of the University of Valencia, closed today the 26th edition of the University Society Awards of the University of Valencia.
The awards, which have been delivered at the ADEIT Foundation, have gone to Caixa Ontinyent, the jurist Alfredo Calot and the professor Consuelo Borrás.
During her speech, the president of the Social Council of the Universitat de València praised the role of the Universitat de València which, she said, is “synonymous with solidity and good work”, while stressing the need to adapt to change : “We have to adapt to the new and changing demands of society and the labor market,” she pointed out.
In addition, it has claimed the social function of university social councils to promote collaboration between the University and civil society and she has insisted on the importance of joint work between the different social agents. “Working all together in this direction is what will allow us, more than anything else, to contribute to the growth and progress of our society and ensure the future of the next generations”, María Emilia Adán concluded.
“We have to adapt to the new and changing demands of society and the labor market”
María Emilia Adán, President of the Social Council of the University of Valencia
Awarded at the 26th edition of the University-Society Awards
The University Society Awards of the Social Council of the University of Valencia has recognized Caixa Ontinyent, the only savings bank in the Valencian Community, in the University-Company Collaboration modality for its close ties with the University of Valencia through different programs and initiatives.
On the other hand, the Alumni Plus “Insigne UV” award has gone to the jurist Alfredo Calot, a law graduate from the University of Valencia and secretary of the Court of Justice of the European Union since 2010. With this award, the University recognizes professional excellence and the proven track record of this Valencian jurist.
Finally, the professor of Physiology at the University of Valencia Consuelo Borrás is the winner of the Teaching Excellence Award. This award recognizes the work of the teaching staff and their dedication to transmit support and enthusiasm to university students. The jury has valued his excellent and outstanding performance and consideration in all the criteria contained in the bases of the call.
On the other hand, in addition to these three awards, the jury of this edition of the University-Society Awards agreed to grant special recognition to the ONCE Foundation. It has done so for its historic collaboration with the University of Valencia, which has materialized year after year in inclusion activities and programs aimed at improving the quality of people with disabilities.
In addition to the president of the Social Council of the University of Valencia, María Emilia Adán, the act counted with the presence of the Regional Minister for Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society of the Generalitat Valenciana, Josefina Bueno, and the Rector of the University of Valencia, María Vicenta Mestre. In addition, this meeting has brought together, for yet another year, prominent personalities from the Administration, the business world and the university environment.
In her speech, the magnificent rector of the University of Valencia thanked the Minister of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, Josefina Bueno, for her presence at the event, and recognized the work and trajectories of the award-winning people and entities , as well as the important role of the Social Council in the Valencian economic and professional ecosystem.
On the other hand, Professor Mestre has valued the role of the University in exceptional circumstances such as the conflicts in Ukraine and Afghanistan, and its prestige in international rankings, as recently published by Forbes magazine.
In this sense, he highlighted the extraordinary performance of the University’s research staff, despite the fact that public investment in R&D&i is only half the OECD average: “our position is much higher than that would correspond to us based on the volume of resources available to us for research”, he pointed out.
‘Insigne UV Dialogues’
This awards ceremony was preceded by a debate on science and business between Ángela Pérez, VP Business Development at Health in Code, winner of the latest edition of the Jaume I Awards in the Entrepreneurship category, and Damià Tormo, managing partner and co-founder from Columbus Venture Partners. Pérez and Tormo, awarded by the University as ‘Alumnis Plus’ in previous editions of these awards, have discussed innovation and university entrepreneurship.
The dialogue was moderated by José Miguel Rosell, founding partner and executive director of S2 Grupo and president of the Society Relations Commission of the Social Council of the University of Valencia.