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Honoris Causa

Meet the honorary doctors at UCJC.

Doctor Camilo José Cela

16 October 1999

Camilo José Cela is Honorary and Life Rector of the UCJC, since October 16th 1999, when he personally laid the first stone together with Felipe Segovia, the first rector and alma mater of the UCJC, until his death in 2002. In 1999 a tribute took place. In 1999 an international academic tribute was paid to the Nobel Prize winner for Literature, after whom our university is named, and he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Camilo José Cela University. The ceremony was presided over by Mariano Rajoy Brey, then Minister of Education and Culture.


Doctor Antonio Lamela

27 January 2007
Investiture proposed by the School of Architecture and Technology

Sponsor: Mr. Luis Rodríguez – Avial Llardent. Architect.

The prestigious architect Antonio Lamela was the third person to receive the distinction, on 27 January 2007. Emblematic buildings in the Spanish capital, such as the Colón Towers, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium or the extension of Barajas Airport (together with Richard Rogers) bear the personal mark of the former honorary director of the School of Architecture and Technology (ESAYT) of the Camilo José Cela University.


Dr Nicholas Negroponte and Dr Bernardo Hernández

4 November 2010
Investiture proposed by the Faculty of Education

Godmother: Doña Cristina Garmendia Mendizábal. Minister of Science and Innovation.

The Camilo José Cela University conferred honorary doctorates on architect and science communicator Nicholas Negroponte and Google’s Global Director of Emerging Products, Bernardo Hernández.
The President of the University, Felipe Segovia Olmo, highlighted the exemplary stature of both creators in the challenge of helping people to be better and concluded that, thanks to talents such as theirs, progress in the history of civilisation is possible.

The godmother of those appointed, Cristina Garmendia, pointed out the capacity of both doctors as architects of the transforming projects of our economy and our society.


Doctor Juan Antonio Samaranch

31 October 2002
Investiture proposed by the Faculty of Education

Sponsor: Mr. José Antonio Jáuregui Oroquieta. Spanish anthropologist, thinker, writer and columnist.

Juan Antonio Samaranch was, until his death in 2010, the greatest supporter of sport in our country. His arrival at the presidency of the International Olympic Committee was decisive for Barcelona and the whole of Spain to be able to enjoy the 1992 Olympic Games, which were considered the best in history. Mr Samaranch was awarded an honorary doctorate for his merits, not only in his professional and sporting activity at the head of the IOC, but especially for his personal character, which constitutes a model for the new generations.


Doctor Santiago Calatrava

23 October 2009
Investiture proposed by the School of Architecture and Technology

Sponsor: Mr. Javier Pioz. Architect.

Santiago Calatrava is a renowned Spanish architect. His awards and recognitions include the 1999 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, the 2005 National Architecture Prize and the 2015 European Architecture Prize. His representative projects include the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia and the Tenerife Auditorium.


Drs. Howard Gardner and Joseph Renzulli

22 October 2011
Investiture proposed by the Faculty of Education

Sponsor: Mr. Adolfo Sánchez Burón. Vice-Rector for Research and Postgraduate Studies.

Gardner, professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, where he is also co-director and president of the management committee of Project Zero, a research group that studies the learning processes of children and adults. He is internationally known for his theories of multiple intelligences, which brought about a significant change in the educational model and according to which each individual possesses at least eight cognitive abilities.
Renzulli, for his part, is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he is also Director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

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