Honorary Doctorate Recipients

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

Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Fathers of the Spanish Constitution receive an Honorary PhD

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. 

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Rebeca Grynspan

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.

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António Guterres

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

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Ignacio Cirac

September 2015. Ignacio Cirac was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution in the field of Quantum Information.

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Rafael Nadal

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.

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Jose Manuel Durão Barroso

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.

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Ángel Gurría

February 2015. Ángel Gurría was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his exemplary contribution to politics, the world economy and international cooperation.

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Pedro Duque

April 2013. Pedro Duque received an Honorary PhD for his contribution to global progress in science and technology, especially in the field of aerospace engineering.

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Plácido Domingo

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. 

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Lech Wałęsa

January 2011. Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1983, Lech Walesa was recognized for his contribution to liberty, democracy and the dialog for social progress in the world.

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Shirin Ebadi

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.

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Nelson Mandela

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.

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Juan Antonio Samarach

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.

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Valentín Fuster, Joan Rodés and Pedro Alonso

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.

Antonio Garrigues Walker

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.

Enrique V. Iglesias

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

Mario Vargas Llosa

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.

Luis Bassat

February 2005. Luis Bassat, President of Bassat Ogilvy Iberia Group, received the title of Honorary Doctorate by the Faculty of Communication and Humanities.

Miguel Fisac

In January 2004, architect Miguel Fisac received an Honorary PhD for his contribution to 20th century Spanish architecture.

Per Ingvar Branemark

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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