International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia

Prize winners

2020

Carlos Villanueva Abelairas awarded the XXIV International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia

The jury of the XXIV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia, which met online on past Tuesday, decide to award the honour to musician and musicologist Carlos Villanueva Abelairas for his “prolific career in the study of the Jacobean culture and the music linked to the Camino de Santiago, as well as his relevant contribution to the project of building the instruments of the Portico de la Gloria” of the cathedral of the Galician capital.

The award ceremony was held at University of Minho (Portugal) and the live-streamed through its Youtube channel, in the framework of the XXVI General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities. Professor Villanueva received the golden shell, the symbol of the Compostela Group of Universities in this ceremony.

Carlos Villanueva chose to donate the economic allocation (6.000 euros) of the XXIV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to ‘Lucha contra la COVID-19’ research line of Sumo Valor crowdfunding project of the University of Santiago de Compostela.

 

Carlos Villanueva Abelairas

Carlos Villanueva Abelairas is a Full Professor of Music at the University of Santiago de Compostela since 2000 and Emeritus Full Professor since 2020. His first lines of research focused mainly on the performance of early music and medieval instruments, and later on music criticism, Spanish and Latin American music of the 20th century, music and exile, and music and identities.

Besides, his publications related to the instruments of the Portico de la Gloria at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral are a reference in international musicology and he was co-director of the project to build the instruments of this space, sponsored by Barrié de la Maza Foundation and developed between 1990 and 1994. With the aim of spreading this project internationally, he toured all over the world and made numerous recordings with the Chamber Group of the University of Santiago de Compostela, internationally recognized for its specialization in Early Music. With this group, which he conducted from 1977 to 2004, he recorded ten albums and contributed to the dissemination of the Spanish musical repertoire of the 12th and 17th centuries at an international level.

In his extensive literary production, the works El Códice Calixtino y la música de su tiempo, Polifonía jacobea. Los villancicos al Apóstol de José de Vaquedano, El sonido de la piedra (Encuentro sobre instrumentos en el Camino de Santiago), the edition of the Cancioneiro Musical de Galicia de Castro Sampedro e Folga and the monograph on Víctor Said Armesto. Unha vida e romance stand out.

Carlos Villanueva also stands out for his work as a curator of exhibitions such as Jesús Bal and Gay. Tientos y Silencios 1905-1993 or as scientific responsible in the project Centenario Said Armesto (1914-2014).

Interview with the awardee

Content available only in Spanish. 

Members of the Jury

The meeting of the jury of the XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Regional Minister for Education, University and Professional Training of Xunta de Galicia, Carmen Pomar. The following authorities were also members of this jury:

  • The General Secretary for Universities of Xunta de Galicia, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The General Technical Secretary of the Regional Ministry for Education, University and Professional Training of Xunta de Galicia, Jesús Oitavén Barcala.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kręglewski.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Antonio López Díaz.
  • The Rector of the University of Salamanca (Spain), Ricardo Rivero Ortega.
  • The Rector of the University of Malaga (Spain), José Ángel Narváez Bueno.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, acted as a secretary to the jury.

Awarded for his prolific career in the study of the Jacobean culture and the music linked to the Camino de Santiago.

2019

The XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia awarded to George Greenia

The jury of the XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia, which met in Santiago de Compostela, decided to award the honour to the academic and researcher George D. Greenia for his “prolific academic trajectory, connection with Galicia and contribution to the dissemination of the Jacobean phenomenon”.

The award ceremony took place on 4 June 2019 within the framework of the XXV General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, which this year was held at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico). At this ceremony, Greenia received a golden shell, the symbol of the Compostela Group of Universities.

George D. Greenia decided donated the economic contribution (6,000 euros) of the XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela – Xunta de Galicia to the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies of William & Mary.

George D. Greenia

George D. Greenia is the founder of the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies and the president of Alpha Delta Gamma National Honorary Society for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, both established at the Higher Education institution William & Mary in Williamsburg (U.S.A).

Author of several Spanish language textbooks and numerous articles on Hispanic Medievalism. He is currently editor of the medieval newsletter and journal La Crónica sobre lengua y literatura españolas of the Division on Medieval Spanish of the Modern Language Association and member of the advisory board of Cuadernos de Estudios Gallegos of the Instituto de Estudios Gallegos Padre Sarmiento of CSIC, as well as the scientific committee of the journal of Jacobean studies and pilgrimage Ad Limina of the S.A. de Gestión del Plan Xacobeo.

Among the more than twenty distinctions and awards he holds, the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica granted by S.M El Rey de España and the Ángel del Camino award conferred by the Enxebre Orden de la Vieira, a confraternity of Galician expatriates who support the Camino de Santiago.

Members of the Jury

The meeting of the jury of the XXIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Regional Minister for Education, University and Professional Training of Xunta de Galicia, Carmen Pomar. The following authorities are also members of this jury:

  • The General Secretary for Universities of Xunta de Galicia, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The General Technical Secretary for Education of the Xunta de Galicia, Jesús Oitavén Barcala.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kręglewski.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Antonio López Díaz.
  • The Rector of the University of Seville, Miguel Ángel Castro Arroyo.
  • The Vice-Rector for Higher Education of the University of Monterrey, Carlos Basurto.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, María Teresa Carballeira Rivera, acted as a secretary to the jury.

Awarded for his prolific academic trajectory, connection with Galicia and contribution to the dissemination of the Jacobean phenomenon.

2018

The XXII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia awarded to María Pilar Alonso Abad

The jury of the XXII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia agreed to award the honour to the academic and researcher María Pilar Alonso Abad for her contribution to the dissemination of the values of the Camino de Santiago as a lecturer and her unique research on its cultural heritage.

The jury, gathered in May 2018 in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), emphasized also her national and international projection, given her youth.

María Pilar Alonso Abad received the golden shell, symbol of the Compostela Group of Universities, during the closing ceremony of the XXIV General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, held at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in September 2018. The awardee decided to donate the economic contribution (6,000 euros) of the XXII International Prize Grupo Compostela – Xunta de Galicia to Cáritas Diocesana de Burgos.

María Pilar Alonso Abad

María Pilar Alonso Abad is coordinator of the Marie Curie European project in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, member of the Ernst-Herzfeld-Gesellschaft Society for the Study of Islamic Heritage and member of the International Scientific Committee of the Asociación de Municipios del Camino de Santiago. Author of works such as El Real Monasterio de Las Huelgas de Burgos and Las Vidrieras de la Catedral de Burgos.

Graduate in Philosophy and Arts from the University of Navarra and in Humanities from the University of Burgos. Doctor in Humanities with a specialization in Art History from this Castilian-Leonese university and professor of this department at the academic institution.

Members of the Jury

The Jury of the XXII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo M. Lorenzo Suárez, acting in delegation of the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Román Rodríguez González. The following authorities were also part of the Jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kręglewski.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Juan M. Viaño Rey.
  • The Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Marcial Rubio Correa.
  • The Rector of the University of Leon, Juan Francisco García Marín.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Teresa Carballeira Rivera, acted as Secretary of the Jury.

Awarded for her contribution to the dissemination of the values of the Camino de Santiago as a lecturer and her unique research on its cultural heritage.

2017

The XXI International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia awarded to Marcelino Oreja Aguirre

The jury of the XXI International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia recognises with this award the work of Marcelino Oreja Aguirre to set a path that marked the future of the Pilgrimage routes as crossroads of European values.

The jury, which gathered in May 2017 in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), highlighted the figure of the prize-winner as promoter of the Camino de Santiago and Human Rights, also underlining his leadership in favor of the construction of Europe and in the participation of Spain in the Council of Europe.

Marcelino Oreja Aguirre collected the golden shell, symbol of the Compostela Group of Universities, during the closing ceremony of the XXIII General Assembly of the CGU, held at the University of Pécs (Hungary). The awardee resolved to donate the economic contribution (6,000 euros) of the XXI International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to Aldeas Infantiles SOS Galicia.

Marcelino Oreja Aguirre

Marcelino Oreja Aguirre is President of the University Institute for European Studies of the San Pablo-CEU University (Spain), President of the Ad Sanctum Iacobum Peregrinatio Foundation, as well as honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Moral and Politics Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Doctor in Law by the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), he has held numerous positions of political and diplomatic significance in the Spanish and European institutions, as for instance: Minister for Foreign Affairs in Spain during the Transition (1976-1980), Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1984-1989) and European Commissioner (1994-1999).

It is praiseworthy his intervention in the signing acts of the Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations and in the joining of Spain to the Council of Europe, as well as his collaboration in the elaboration of the first draft of European Union By-Laws, which culminated in the Maastricht Treaty (1992).

Adoptive Son of Santiago de Compostela and winner of the Golden Medal of Culture of Santiago de Compostela, he is the promoter of the Declaration of Santiago de Compostela, which designated the Camino de Santiago as the first cultural route of the Council of Europe.

Members of the Jury

The Jury of the XXI International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo M. Lorenzo Suárez, acting in delegation of the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Román Rodríguez González. The following authorities were also part of the jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kręglewski.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Juan M. Viaño Rey.
  • The Rector of the University of A Coruña, Julio E. Abalde Alonso.
  • The Rector of the UNESP – Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, Sandro Roberto Valentini.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Teresa Carballeira Rivera, acted as Secretary of the Jury.  

Awarded for his work to set a path that marked the future of the Pilgrimage routes as crossroads of European values.

2016

The XX International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia awarded to the European Association of Regional Television

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to award the XX International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the European Association of Regional Television, CIRCOM, as an acknowledgment for its support to diversity and regional development in Europe.

The jury of the XX International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia appraised CIRCOM support to European cultural diversity, likewise its promotion of tolerance and integration, values associated to the construction of Europe.

The XXII General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, held at Jaume I University (Spain) was the framework of the prize-giving ceremony, where the secretary general of CIRCOM, Fernando Ojea, collected the golden shell on behalf of the association.

CIRCOM decided to donate the economic contribution of the prize (6.000€) to the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, which organised in July 2016 a Peace Summer Camp that brought together youth from Europe and countries in conflict. This economic support will contribute to cover the costs of the participation of young Syrian refugees.

CIRCOM

CIRCOM was founded on 1983 as initiative of a team of professionals from different European televisions, with the main purpose of supporting the development of regional identities in Europe. The basis was to use the main role of television in the development of the European idea.

Nowadays CIRCOM is composed of 300 tv channels from 3 European States, and its main objectives are:

  • To be a forum for ideas and experience and a network for exchanging personnel and equipment;
  • To make coproductions and encourage the exchange of regional programmes;
  • To develop the regional culture and identities;
  • To contribute the development of regional identities from an innovative and practical angle, among others.

Members of the Jury

The Jury of the XX International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo M. Lorenzo Suárez, and composed by the following authorities:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Marek Kręglewski.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Juan M. Viaño Rey.
  • The Vice-provost for Global Initiatives of the University of Drexel, Juli Mostov.
  • The Director of the International Office and Assistant to the President for International Relations of the University of Regensburg, Marianne Sedlemaier.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Isabel Lirola, acted as Secretary of the Jury.

Awarded for its support to diversity and regional development in Europe.

2015

The XIX International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia given to the European Erasmus programme

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to award the XIX International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the European Erasmus programme, as a recognition for its work in favour of the promotion of the European values through the mobility of thousands of students each year.

The award ceremony took place during the XXI General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, held at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

The representatives of Erasmus programme resolved to donate the economic contribution of the award (6.000€) to garagErasmus Foundation, a professional association built on the talent of the first Erasmus generation. The main aim of this foundation is boosting talent mobility and connecting the Erasmus generation to companies, recruiters and investors in Europe and around the world.

Erasmus programme

Erasmus is a European Commission student mobility programme in education and training, established at 1987. It has enabled over three million students from across Europe to pursue enriching learning experiences in other countries.

This academic programme is designed to support the efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s human talent and social capital, while confirming the principle of lifelong learning by linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields.

The renewed Erasmus + Programme replaces seven programmes with one, with the same spirit: to support young people, students and adults for gaining experience and skills by studying, training and volunteering abroad.

Members of the Jury

The jury of the XIX International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Juan Viaño Rey, in delegation of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Román Rodríguez. The following authorities were also part of the jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo Lorenzo Suárez.
  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Vice-chancellor of the University of Roehampton, Paul O’Prey.
  • The Rector of La Salle University, Enrique A. González Álvarez.

 The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Isabel Lirola, acted as secretary of the Jury.

Awarded for its work in favour of the promotion of the European values through the mobility of thousands of students each year.

2014

The XVIII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia awarded to Lennart Levi

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to give the XVIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the Swedish scientist Lennart Levi, as an acknowledgement for his promotion of the European values through a career committed and oriented to the improvement of physical, mental and social wellbeing of entire populations.

The award ceremony took place during the XX General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, held at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland).

Lennart Levi decided to donate the economic contribution of the award (6.000 €) to the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières.

Lennart Levi

Lennart Levi is Professor Emeritus of Psychosocial Medicine and was the first professor of this discipline at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Sweden) in 1978. In this institution, he founded in 1959 and led the department of Stress Research, which in 1973 was designated as the first center dedicated to the discipline by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Between 1982 and 2005, he chaired the Occupational Psychiatry section of the World Psychiatric Association and, since 2001, the International Association for the Treatment of Stress.

Prior to his retirement in 1995, he was an adviser to WHO, the International Labour Organization and the European Commission in his field of expertise.

During the period 2006-2011, Levi was a member of the Swedish Parliament and spokesperson for Public and Occupational Health issues of the Centre Party.

Members of the Jury

The jury of the XXVIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo M. Lorenzo Suárez, acting in delegation of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Jesús Vázquez. The following authorities were also part of the Jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela, Juan Casares Long.
  • The Director of the International School of Law and Business (Lithuania), Daiva Daugviliené.
  • The Rector of the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy (Bulgary), Mitko Georgiev.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Isabel Lirola, acted as secretary of the Jury.

Awarded as an acknowledgement for his promotion of the European values through a career committed and oriented to the improvement of physical, mental and social wellbeing of entire populations.

2013

Euronews awarded the XVII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to give the XVII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the television channel Euronews for its contribution as a creator and storyteller from a European point of view.

The award ceremony took place during the XIX General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, held at the University of Nantes (France). During this ceremony, the Director for External Relations of Euronews, Grégoire de Rubiana, communicated their decision to donate the economic contribution of the award (6.000 €) to the United Nations Refugees Agency. This economic contribution was used to support the current work of the agency in Siria.

Euronews

Television channel Euronews produces simultaneously news and programmes in 13 language services: Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. Although it was born as a service for Europe, Euronews ended up broadcasting in Europe, America and North Africa. It currently reaches 400 million households in 155 countries via cable, digital satellite and terrestrial windows.

Members of the Jury

The jury of the XXVII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Jesús Vázquez, acting in delegation of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo. The following authorities were also part of the jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo Lorenzo.
  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Juan Casares Long.
  • The President of UNINETTUNO (Italy), María Amato Garito.
  • The Rector of the University of Monterrey (Mexico), Antonio Dieck Assad.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Isabel Lirola, acted as secretary of the Jury.

Awarded for its contribution as a creator and storyteller from a European point of view.

2012

College of Europe awarded the XVI International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to give the XVI International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the university institute College of Europe as a recognition for its promotion of the European values in Higher Education.

The Fundación Galicia Europa (Spain) submitted this nomination with the aim to enhance the variety of its postgraduate European study programmes of this institution, which are renowned worldwide.

The award ceremony was held during the XX General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, which took place at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland).

College of Europe

The College of Europe is an independent university institute of postgraduate European studies, with two campus in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland). It brings together more than 400 students coming out from all over Europe.

It was founded in 1949 by leading European figures and founding fathers of the European Union such as Salvador de Madariaga, Winston Churchill, Paul- Henri Spaak and Alcide De Gasperi. It was born in the wake of the Hague Congress of 1948 to promote “a spirit of solidarity and mutual understanding between all the nations of Western Europe and to provide elite training to individuals who will uphold these values” and “to train an elite of young executives for Europe”.

Members of the Jury

The jury of the XVI International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Jesús Vázquez, acting in delegation of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo. The following authorities were also part of the jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Culture, Anxo Lorenzo.
  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Vice rector for External Relations and Internationalization of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Víctor Millet Schröder.
  • The Vice-president of International Relations of the Universidad Mayor (Chili), René Lara
  • The member of the Administrative Council of the University of Nantes (France), Mrs Pilar Martínez- Vasseur.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Isabel Lirola, acted as secretary of the Jury.

Awarded as a recognition for its promotion of the European values in Higher Education.

2011

The XV International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia awarded to Neelie Kroes

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to award the XV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the Vice-president of the European Commission and Digital Agenda Commissioner, Neelie Kroes, as acknowledgement to her work that represents the spirit of the award and the association itself, fostering communication among different cultures and mutual understanding.

The prize-giving ceremony took place during the XVII General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, held at the University of Minho (Portugal).

Neelie Kroes decided to donate the economic contribution of the award (6.000 €) to the Belgian NGO Greenlight for Girls, which aim is to foster science, technology, engineering and mathematics among women.

Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes is currently the Vice-president of the European Commission and Digital Agenda Commissioner. Born in the Netherlands, she has developed a long career in her country’s politic arena. Kroes was deputy at the national Parliament and served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication from 1982 to 1989.

Besides, she held several positions both in the academic field, as President of Nyenrode University, and at company management. As well as in charity foundations as an advisor for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and World Cancer Research Fund.

Members of the Jury

The jury of the XV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Jesús Vázquez, acting in delegation of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the Regional Minister for Culture and Tourism, Roberto Varela Fariña. The following authorities were also part of the Jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Juan Casares Long.
  • The Rector of Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany), Katharina Krause.

The Rector of the University of Vigo (Spain), Salustiano Mato de la Iglesia.

Awarded as acknowledgement to her work that represents the spirit of the award and the association itself, fostering communication among different cultures and mutual understanding.

2010

The XIV International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia conceded to Mohamed ElBaradei

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) and the Xunta de Galicia decided to concede the XIV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to Mohamed ElBaradei in recognition of his long diplomatic career in defence of peace and understanding across cultures.

The awarding ceremony took place during the XVI General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

Mohamed ElBaradei

Mohamed ElBaradei diplomatic career began in 1964 in the Egyptian Ministry of External Affairs, where he served in the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, in charge of political, legal and arms control issues. From 1974 to 1978, he was a special assistant to the Egyptian Foreign Minister. In 1980, he became a senior fellow in charge of the international law program at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He was also Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from December 1997 until November 2009.

In October 2005, ElBaradei and the IAEA itself were announced as joint recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for their “efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way”. He donated all his winnings to building orphanages in his home city of Cairo. The IAEA´s winnings were spent on training scientists from developing countries to use nuclear techniques in combating cancer and malnutrition.

 ElBaradei has received many awards for his work as an international civil servant, such as the Franklin Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award, the James Park Morton Interfaith Award, the Human Security Award from the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the El Athir Award -Argelia´s highest national distinction-, the Golden Dove of Peace Prize from the President of Italy, the Honorary Patron of Trinity´s University Philosophical Society, the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Peaceful Worldwide Use of Nuclear Technology or the International Peace Award of the Mostar Centre for Peace and Multiethnic Cooperation.

 He earned a Bachelor´s degree in Law from the University of Cairo in 1962, followed by a DEA degree in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies HEI in Geneva and a PhD in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974. From 1981 to 1987, he was an Adjunct Professor of International Law at New York University School of Law.

Members of the Jury

The jury of the XIV International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia was chaired by the Regional Minister for Culture, Education and University Development, Jesús Vázquez, acting in delegation of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and the Regional Minister for Culture and Tourism, Roberto Varela Fariña. The following authorities were also part of the Jury:

  • The General Secretary of the Xunta de Galicia for Universities, José Alberto Díez de Castro.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Rector of the University of Lima (Peru), Ilse Wisotzki Loli.
  • The Rector of the University of Jaen (Spain), Manuel Parras Rosa.
  • The Rector of the University of Bergen (Norway), Sigmund Grønmo.

Awarded in recognition of his long diplomatic career in defence of peace and understanding across cultures.

2009

The career of Amin Maalouf recognised with the XIII International Prize Grupo Compostela–Xunta de Galicia

The Compostela Group of Universities and the Xunta de Galicia determined to recognise the literary career of the Lebanese writer and journalist Amin Maalouf with the awarding of the XIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia. Through his career, he contributed to the construction of a multicultural, multi-religious and multi-linguistic reality. Likewise, Maalouf´s personal development is a clear example of the links between Europe and the Mediterranean.

Amin Maalouf received the award at a ceremony celebrated in the framework the XV General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, which was held at the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI).

Amin Maalouf

Amin Maalouf was born in 1949 in Beirut (Lebanon). He writes mainly in French and his works have been translated into different languages. In 1993, he received the Goncourt Prize for his novel Rock of Tanios. He studied Sociology at the French University in Beirut and until the break of the Civil War in his country in 1975, he worked as a director for the Lebanese journal Al- Nahar. That same year, he moved to France, where he still lives.

His work is marked both by the Civil War experiences and by migration. His characters are generally voyagers between different lands, languages, and religions. His most regarded book at the international level is Leo Africanus, but among his fiction works, we can also highlight the following titles: The First Century after Beatrice, Gardens of Light, Ports of Call, and Balthazar’s Odyssey. He also produced nonfiction works such as The Crusades through Arab Eyes, In the Name of Identity: Violence, and The Need to Belong and Origins: Memoirs.

Members of the Jury

The Regional Minister for Education and University Development, Laura Sánchez Piñón, acting on behalf of the President of the Xunta de Galicia, Emilio Pérez Touriño, presided over the Jury of the XIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia. The jury was also integrated by the following members: 

  • The Regional Minister for Culture and Sports, Ánxela Bugallo.
  • The Regional Director for University Development and Quality of Galician University System, José Ramón Leis Fidalgo.
  • The President of the Compostela Group of Universities, Maurits van Rooijen.
  • The Rector of the University of Girona (Spain), Anna María Geli de Ciurana.
  • The Rector of the University of Hamburg (Germany), Monika Auweter-Kurtz.
  • The Rector of the University of Guadalajara (Mexico), Marco Antonio Cortés Guardado.

The Executive Secretary of the Compostela Group of Universities, Beatriz Iglesias Seoane, acted as secretary of the Jury.

Awarded for his contribution to the construction of a multicultural, multi-religious and multi-linguistic reality.