From left to right: Carlos Villanueva Abelairas, Antonio López, José Alberto Díez de Castro and María Teresa Carballeira. Photographer: Santi Alvite, University of Santiago de Compostela.

The recipient of the XXIV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia, Carlos Villanueva Abelairas, informed today about his decision to donate the economic allocation associated with this acknowledgement to the Sumo Valor crowdfunding initiative of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Concretely, this donation of 6,000 euros will be used for work carried out on the ‘Lucha contra la COVID-19′ research line.

At the private meeting, which took place at the Rectory Hall of the USC, Villanueva assured that he did not hesitate “to decide where to orientate the donation” of the prize, as his entire academic career has been linked to the institution that will receive it. It is here that he assumed the direction of the music management department ‘Aula Aberta’ and where he currently develops his research career, also nourishing the USC music library with these contributions.

“This initiative sums up what my professional life has been like and the topics I would like to continue working on and supporting, now as Full Professor Emeritus. Especially in these difficult times for everyone”, he explained referring to Sumo Valor. “Given my condition as a person at higher risk in the present pandemic, I wish to benefit as much as possible COVID-19 research and topics linked to the pandemic, which were undertaken by various departments and laboratories at the USC,” he added.

Regarding the donation, the Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities (CGU), María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, expressed that it “is doubly satisfying to the CGU, since the acknowledgement of the scientific excellence of Professor Villanueva is now joined by the recognition of the bonhomie, demonstrated by the awardee with this altruistic gesture”. In this spirit, the Rector of the USC, Antonio López, considered that this decision adds “generosity” to the “virtues” of the academic and contributes to reinforcing the idea of the relevant role of science and knowledge in overcoming these unique moments. López also considered that the awarding of the prize “highlights his long career, international prestige” and transmits the greatest of academic respect “for someone who is at the top of his speciality”.

In the framework of this meeting, the General Secretary for Universities of Xunta de Galicia, José Alberto Díez de Castro, highlighted “the prolific university research career of the award-winner, who has made a decisive contribution to the international dissemination of music linked to the Camino de Santiago and, in particular, the instruments of the Portico de la Gloria”. He also underlined “the relevance of the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia for the preservation of the Jacobean culture and its values, which are directly linked to the idea of a common Europe”.