Recognizing outstanding professionals in the fields of science, technology, culture, education, research, etc.
The Universidad Europea de Madrid grants Honorary PhD to those professionals who, due to their ability and personal and professional career, with national and international recognition, excel in the fields of science, technology, culture, teaching, research or any of the professional areas that provide value to our society.
The Universidad Europea de Madrid thus recognizes the contributions of our Honorary Phd and presents them as role models for our own students and professors.
On November 16, 2016, Universidad Europea, at the request of the School of Social Sciences and Communication, awarded an Honorary PhD to Mr. António Guterres, who was recently designated as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations for a five-year term –when incumbent Ban Ki-moon steps down on 31 December–, for his leadership as High Commissioner of the United Nations for Refugees, in recognition of his support of stateless people and for safeguarding the rights of those who have been forced to leave their country due to war, revolution or political persecution.
On Monday May 4, 2015, at the request of the School of Sports Science at Universidad Europea, Don Rafa Nadal, considered to be one of the best players in the history of tennis, was invested as Doctor Honoris Causa in recognition of his sporting achievements, his values of effort, improvement, respect, cordiality and his exemplary character, in addition to the extraordinary example he sets of training in the skills, competencies and fundamental values that have brought him success in his career.
On 12 April 2013, at the request of the School of Engineering of the Universidad Europea, Mr. Pedro Duque, first Spanish astronaut to reach outer space and head of the European Space Agency's Flight Operations Office, received an Honorable PhD for his contribution to global progress in science and technology, a contribution which has granted him world recognition in the field of aerospace engineering.
On 28 January 2013, at the request of the School of Arts and Communication of the Universidad Europea, Mr. Plácido Domingo, the renowned baritone and tenor singer, was granted an Honorary PhD in recognition of his extensive professional career and extraordinary contribution to promoting Spain's culture and image in today's society.
On 28 January 2011, Mr. Lech Wałęsa, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1983 and Poland's first democratic president after the fall of Communism as well as co-founder of Solidarity, the first independent syndicate in the Soviet bloc, was granted an Honorary PhD in recognition of his contribution to liberty, democracy and the dialog for social progress in the world.
In June 2010, at the request of the School of Social Sciences, the Universidad Europea Academic Council unanimously agreed to grant Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2003, an Honorary PhD in recognition of her dedication and support for human rights and for fighting for liberty and justice.
In May 2010, to commemorate the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, various universities in the Laureate International Universities network granted Mr. Nelson Mandela and Honorary PhD for his contribution to liberty, tolerance and social progress in the world.
In May 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received an Honorary PhD from the Universidad Europea for his dedication and support for projects aimed at promoting understanding and reconciliation between nations and for his commitment to the values of the Alliance of Civilizations in the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
In February 2009 Juan Antonio Samaranch received an Honorary PhD from the School of Sports Science for his contribution to transmitting the values of sport in general and particularly Olympic values, by improving the education of the people and for his contribution to the development of society.
In January 2008, in a ceremony presided over by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, the Universidad Europea granted Honorary PhDs to Valentín Fuster for his contribution to the development of cardiovascular medicine, which has had a global impact as a result of the improved treatment of cardiovascular diseases; Joan Rodés, for his personal and professional career and his global contribution to hepatological research; and to Pedro Alonso for his international merits in the field of epidemiology, and especially for advancing in his research on the malaria vaccine.
In October 2008 Enrique V. Iglesias received an Honorary PhD from the School of Economics, Law and Business Studies for his commitment to education as a driving force for the progress of nations, for his contribution to the economic development of Latin America and for his commitment to world peace and security.
In January 2007, Antonio Garrigues Walker received an Honorary PhD from the School of Economics, Law and Business Studies for his contribution to the development and internationalization of social sciences and law and for his commitment to society from an ethical viewpoint and as a precursor of law.
In 2006, writer Mario Vargas Llosa was granted an Honorary PhD by the School of Communication and Humanities for his outstanding contribution to literary creation in Spanish and for his personal commitment to society form his holistic view on the influence of culture in the vicissitudes of men.
In 2005, Luis Bassat, President of the Bassat Ogilvy Iberia Group, was granted an Honorary PhD by the School of Communication and Humanities.
In 2004, the architect Miguel Fisac received an Honorary PhD for his contribution to 20th century Spanish architecture in a very moving ceremony.
The first Honorary PhD ceremony was held at the Universidad Europea in 2003. Swedish bioengineer Per Ingvar Branemark, the 'father' of osseointegration, received an Honorary PhD from the School of Health Sciences.
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