We have granted Honorary Doctorates to a select group, who, due to their ability and success, mean they are role models for our own students and professors
May 2018. José Pedro Pérez-Llorca and Miquel Roca received Honorary PhDs in recognition of their contribution to write the Spanish Constitution, which helped to consolidate freedom and stability.
January 2018. Rebeca Grynspan was awarded an Honorary PhD for her leadership as Ibero-American Secretary General (SEGIB) and commitment to development based on equality and sustainability.
November 2016. António Guterres was recognized for his support of stateless people and safeguarding the rights of those who have been forced to flee their country due to war, revolution or persecution
May 2015. Tennis player Rafael Nadal was awarded an Honorary PhD in recognition of his sporting achievements, his values of effort, improvement, respect, cordiality and his exemplary character.
Abril 2015. José Manuel Durão Barroso fue investido a petición de la Facultad de CCSS y Comunicación por su liderazgo como Presidente de la Comisión Europea y su papel como mediador de la paz.
April 2015. Nominated by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication, José Manuel Durão Barroso was recognized for his leadership as President of the European Commission.
January 2013. Plácido Domingo, the renowned baritone and tenor singer, was granted an Honorary PhD in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to promoting Spain's culture and image.
June 2010. Shirin Ebadi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, was recognized by UE for her dedication and support for human rights and for fighting for liberty and justice.
May 2010. To commemorate the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, Nelson Mandela was awarded an Honorary PhD for his contribution to liberty, tolerance and social progress.
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.
January 2008. In a ceremony presided over by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, Honorary PhDs were awarded to Valentín Fuster, Joan Rodés y Pedro Alonso.
January 2007. Antonio Garrigues Walker was recognized for his contribution to the development of social sciences and law and for his commitment to society from an ethical viewpoint.
October 2008. Enrique V. Iglesias received an Honorary PhD in recognition for his commitment to education as a driving force for progress, and contribution to the economic development of Latin America
April 2006. The writer Mario Vargas Llosa was honored for his outstanding contribution to literary creation in Spanish and for his personal commitment to society from his holistic viewpoint.
February 2005. Luis Bassat, President of Bassat Ogilvy Iberia Group, received the title of Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Communication and Humanities.
In January 2004, architect Miguel Fisac received an Honorary PhD for his contribution to 20th century Spanish architecture.
December 2003. The first Honorary PhD ceremony was held at UE. Swedish bioengineer Per Ingvar Branemark, the 'father' of osseointegration, was recognized by the School of Health Sciences.
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