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  • The Rector of the University of Oviedo, Vicente Gotor, appointed new half-yearly President of G-9 Universities

    January 10, 2012

    According to the Statutes of the G-9, a rotary presidency of six months is established among the 9 vice-chancellors making up the Group.

    Vicente Gotor, Rector  of the University of Oviedo, appointed new President of the G-9 Group

    The Rector of the University of Oviedo (UO), Vicente Gotor Santamaría, has assumed the six-month presidency of the Group of Universities G-9 on the 1st January,2012. The Rector of the Asturian institution takes over from Iñaki Ordorika, Rector of the University of the Basque Country and who held the presidency of the G-9 until last 31st December, 2011.

    According to the Statutes of the G-9, a rotary presidency is established among the 9 rectors which make up the Group. It is incumbent on the President, among other functions, to convene, chair and call for the orders of the day of the General Assembly of Rectors and the Permanent Committee meetings; to carry out and monitor agreements reached at the General Assembly and the Permanent Committee as well as making proposals to the mentioned organs.

    The Group 9 of Universities (G-9), a non-profit association constituted in 1997, is made up of public universities which are unique in their respective autonomous regions: Cantabria, Castilla- La Mancha, Extremadura, Illes Balears, LaRioja, Oviedo, Basque Country, Pública de Navarra and Zaragoza. Taking into account the number of students, more than 20,000, and the number of joint projects, it is Spain's biggest inter-university group.

    Biographical review of the new President of the G-9

    Vicente Gotor Santamaría (Calatayud - Zaragoza, 1947), Rector of the University of Oviedo since May 2008, has ample experience in university management, which he has combined with and extensive teaching and researching career. He has also been Academic Organization Area Director between 1987 and 1996, Vice-rector of Research (1996-2000) and Director of the Department of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry (2003-2008).

    He graduated in Chemical Sciences at the University of Zaragoza in 1970, where he also got the academic qualification of Doctor in 1974. The following year, he was awarded a Max-Planck-Gesselshalft scholarship at the Max-Planck Institute in Mülheim (Germany, 1975-1977).

    In 1983 he got a Professorship in the Department of Organic and Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oviedo. His Biorganic team, created in 1988, is an international point of reference in the field of Biocatalysis.

    He is co-author of more than 360 articles for international journals and he has taken part in 15 book chapters over the past 5 years. With an h- Index of 36, he has developed 11 national and international patents and has supervised 57 doctoral theses.

    All the six possible research areas have been awarded to him and he has also been Chief Researcher of more than 20 regional, national and international projects. Besides, he has been the driving force and founding member of the first Spin-off of the University of Oviedo (EntreChem S.L. since 2005).

    During his term of office, the University of Oviedo was granted the qualification of Campus of International Excellence in 2009.


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