Entrepreneurship, science and humanism, some of the challenges faced by Emilio Lora-Tamayo as new Rector of University Camilo José Cela

Emilio Lora-Tamayo has taken office today as Rector of University Camilo José Cela in a ceremony in which he was joined by the members of his new rectorate team.

The President of SEK Education Group – to which the UCJC belongs – in her opening address described Emilio Lora-Tamayo as a “humanist and man of science who represents the virtues of the human being that we aspire to educate”, and that, “will lead this university with rigour and intelligence”. This will be achieved in line with the foundational axes of University Camilo José Cela that the President herself outlined, “Humanism, science and technology, research and teaching and ongoing education for professional life.”

In his speech, the Rector advocated for blending technology and humanism to face a new era marked by digital transformation. Lora-Tamayo highlighted that the UCJC model “represents a major differential factor in the university ecosystem of our country”.

He also highlighted the importance of continuing to offer new and effective responses to the challenges posed by the globalised society of knowledge, digitalization and sustainable growth.

According to the new Rector, University Camilo José Cela embarks on a new stage marked by a model of continuous and collaborative learning, at the forefront of an educational system that focuses on excellence and talent, innovation, internationality, knowledge transfer, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Lora-Tamayo recalled that “our students receive an all-round education, aimed at educating intelligent, free, critical citizens capable of excelling professionally”. In this sense, the new Rector wished to highlight one of the objectives to tackle this new stage: “Defining a continuum between pre-university and university studies at UCJC, both in Spain and internationally, as well as expanding university teaching to the field of citizen science”.

In terms of internationalisation, the Rector advocated for new forms and models of education beyond bachelors and masters degrees, based on the analysis and structuring of qualifications to optimise broad and comprehensive teaching materials and approaches.

He also said cooperative entrepreneurship was one of the fundamental axes of this new stage. This strategy is visible in the recent approval of the Degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, “a pioneering initiative in Spanish higher education”. This new degree will bolster collaboration between business and higher education, will enable them to initiate projects and contribute to job creation.

In his speech, Emilio Lora-Tamayo has announced the development of a strategic plan for the immediate future and in which attention will also be focussed on the university’s long-term future, with special emphasis on the so-called “mega-trends”, which according to McKinsey include emerging markets and urbanisation, the interconnection of data and people, the acceleration of technological change and the challenge of a world with much increased life-spans.