Jaume Duch opens the academic course of the URL and analyzes European parliamentary communication
On October 11 the URL opened its academic year 2017/2018 in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Communication and International Relations Blanquerna-URL. The act, chaired by the rector of the URL, Josep Maria Garrell, was attended by the president of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Llull Foundation, Josep Martínez-Rovira; of the counselor of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Santi Vila; of Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona, Joan Josep Omella; of the secretary of the Board of Trustees of the URL and president of the Blanquerna Foundation, Salvador Pié; and the general secretary of the URL, Anna Berga.
The opening of the event was given by the president of the Board of Trustees of the URL, Josep Martínez-Rovira, who emphasized that "it is a duty for us all to work for this project that we all love, and that has persistently positioned itself in a remarkable place within the university system, continue to cultivate excellence in all areas and maintain the social prestige achieved. " The general secretary of the URL, Anna Berga, read the summary of the Report of the 2016-2017 course and then the Extraordinary Doctoral Prizes of the 2016-2017 course URL was delivered. Jaume Duch Guillot, spokeswoman and general director of Communication of the European Parliament, gave the inaugural lecture "Communicate today to prepare tomorrow's Europe."
For Duch "the twenty-first-century university must be by European force, to fully benefit from the advantages linked to the free movement of people, of the creation of the European Higher Education Area, it must bet on supranational research policies and ensure its participation in the Great European projects in this area. Duch has stressed that "universities contribute decisively to obtain more developed and competitive countries, but above all define the models of society."
Following on from the counselor of Enterprise and Knowledge Santi Vila, who valued the public utility of the URL and commented that it is an example of how to defend the common good from private initiatives: "Thank you very much for teaching the world that from a Social and private initiative can be made a public service. "
Next, Cardinal Archbishop Juan José Omella highlighted the values and identity of Christian inspiration of the URL and encouraged "to cultivate ethical conscience, social conscience and political conscience that is capable of working from the university environment creating the necessary complicities with institutions and companies, in the local and global territory, in what is closest to us and, also, in what is farthest. "