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Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero: "We aspire to be a university rooted in Navarra and attractive to people from other places".

Members of the Education Commission of the Regional Parliament visit the University.

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From left to right: Nekane Pérez, Iciar Astiasarán, Juan Manuel Mora, Amaya Zarranz, Ramón Casado, Juan Carlos Longas, Maria Iraburu, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, Tomas Gómez Acebo, Esteban Garijo, Gonzalo Robles, Carmen María González, Koldo Amezketa and Pedro Rascón. PHOTO: Manuel Castells
06/05/14 17:54

A delegation of the Commission of Education of the Parliament of Navarra visited the University of Navarra today, where they were received by President Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero and other members of the Office of the Executive Council team. The event served as an opportunity for the academic institution report to inform the Legislative of its status and future plans. Professor Sánchez-Tabernero emphasized that the aspiration of the center is "to be a university rooted in Navarra and attractive to people from other places".

The visit consisted of a briefing at the Amigos Building, the latest to open its doors at campus, and a tour of the University of Navarra Museum, which will be inaugurated in January 2015. The President has informed the parliamentarians that the ideal issue of students at the University is around 12,000 students, "since we want to avoid overcrowding and treat each person individually". In this academic year the University has 11,180 students: 9,000 of them are studying programs of study from Degree, 1,000 from doctorate and the rest, other programs from postgraduate program.

Sánchez-Tabernero recalled the phrase of the founder of the University, St. Josemaría Escrivá, who from the beginning of the center in 1952 expressed his desire that "no student should stop coming for lack of money," to explain that the students of the University receive a total of almost 27 million euros in scholarships, coming both from the University (some 16 million) and from public and private institutions.

At present, more than 5,000 people work in the different centers of the University and the Clinic. The President has explained the university's firm commitment to the researchThe University's commitment to research, both in the scientific field and in the Humanities and social sciences, he explained. He mentioned in particular the Tropical Health Institute, "which researches diseases prevalent in countries in development, which affect people with few resources, such as Malaria, Dengue and Leishmaniasis".

In addition to these data, the Office of the Executive Council team told the parliamentarians about the celebra tion this year of the 50th anniversa ry of the Chair of language and Basque Cult ure, the creation of the Tantaka Solidarity Time Bank -which has involved almost 3,000 students and professionals- and the expansion plans in Madrid, which include the construction of a 60-bed clinic and a for 400 to 450 students to meet the growing demand from professionals.3,000 students and professionals of the University- and the expansion plans in Madrid, which include the construction of a clinic with 60 beds and a campus of postgraduate program for 400 or 450 students oriented to meet a growing demand from professionals working in Madrid and to "reinforce the notoriety of the University in the capital, so that it also reinforces its structure and activity in Navarra".

The visit ended with a tour of the Museum, which the architect Rafael Moneo will deliver in a few weeks, and that from January 2015 will be "the gateway to entrance of campus" and "the hub of the cultural activity of the university", in the words of President.