The International Advisory Council of the CIE praises the results of the project and ask for sponsorship for its development
February 16, 2011
Winners of the Príncipe de Asturias Prize and Honorary Doctors have stressed the achievements obtained in 2010 in spite of the trifling resources assigned to "Ad Futurum" project.The personalities who form the International Advisory Council of the Campus of Excellence of the University of Oviedo have highly marked the development of the Asturian project. A meeting has been celebrated this morning in the Historical Building of the University. They have revised the actions report of CIE in 2010 and the proposals for the current year. All agreed on emphasizing that a meritorious work have been done despite the limited resources.
The rector of the University of Oviedo, Vicente Gotor, summed up the conclusions of the meeting pointing out that the idea of the optimization of resources is one of the distinctive aspects of the Asturian CIE. The rest of them would be the specialization, internationalization- through its bilingual Degrees- and the professionalization of the university master's degree. Furthermore, Ad Futurum is the project which counts with the biggest number of aggregations in companies.
The rector made a special call for those private entities which support the project: "We need sponsorship", said the rector. This statement was also backed by the biochemist and Honorary Doctor of the University of Oviedo, Margarita Salas, the chemist and also Honorary Doctor, José Elguero and the winners of the Príncipe de Asturias prizes, Enrique Moreno and Pedro Miguel Echenique. The teacher Salas considers that the project needs "an alliance between companies and University", at the same time, she suggests that Asturias must adopt a research recruitment strategy similar to Catalan Icrea programme. Salas declared the needing of a biomedicine and oncology institute as well as "freeing the researchers who get more results from their teaching obligations".
Physics professor, Pedro Miguel Echenique agreed on the issue of "taking care of what we've got", referred to the top researchers at the same time the talent is attracted and "we sow the seeds for a better future". The winner of the Príncipe de Asturias prize for Scientific and Technical research explained the huge difference with economic conditions for similar projects in France, Germany or United States and he defended the need of demanding more funds in every forum.
Enrique Moreno, awarded with the Príncipe de Asturias prize too, praised the labour done by the rector's team to overcome the financial difficulties of the project and he encouraged Asturian community in its totality to join the Campus of Excellence. The surgeon asserted that the investment in research culture is always worthwhile and cannot be just funded with public subventions.
Finally, the chemist and Honorary Doctor José Elguero was conclusive when predicting that through the CIE "this University will be one of the best universities in the world".