The Fulbright Program searches for "ambassadors" among the students of the University of Oviedo
October 23, 2014
Representatives of the educational exchange program, which has obtained the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, offered an informative session at the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón and a round table in Oviedo
The prestigious Fulbright scholarship program, winner of the Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation 2014 for its will to improve the global education of young students, has been the protagonist of the two most attended acts of the Week of the Prince of Asturias Awards of the University of Oviedo. Several holders of the grant were the spotlight of an informative session directed at the students of the Southern Classroom Building of the Campus of Gijón. The act was moderated by the Tenured Professor of Psychometrics of the University of Oviedo José Muñiz, who held a Fulbright grant at the University of Massachussetts in 1987. For Professor Muñiz, "Fulbright scholarships have an immense impact on the scientific and personal life of people and also an institutional impact, since they lead to the establishment of relations between universities that facilitates, for example, the formation of post-graduate students.
Representing the program were Guy Vanover, Director of the Scholarship Program for Spaniards, and recent beneficiaries of the grant in Spain, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa, as well as an American who has a Fulbright scholarship in our country. All of them were welcomed during their arrival at the Campus of Gijón by the Vice-Rector for Internationalization and Postgraduate Studies, Covadonga Betegón, and by the Director of the Polytechnic School of Engineering of Gijón, Hilario López. Guy Vanover, who valued in €50,000 the cost of a single Fulbright scholarship, also highlighted the fact that the program "apart from having an academic value, it favors the understanding between countries". "We want Spanish ambassadors in the United States", he said to the students, "and that you come back with a real view of that country".
This one was not the only meeting of the University of Oviedo with the Fulbright program: some former holders of the scholarship, now professionals who belong to different sectors, spoke of their experience in a round table that took place at the Main Hall of the University of Oviedo. The Rector, Vicente Gotor, was in charge of welcoming the participants in a meeting moderated by journalist Monserrat Domínguez, and which featured the presence of Harriet Fulbright, widow of Senator Fulbright. Tom Healy, member of the Fulbright Committee; Gabriel Guerra Mondragón, American Ambassador; economist Agustín Maravall, and pianist Sylvia Torán were in charge of tracing the history of this scholarship program whose main mission is internationalization.