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The President of Ecuador is granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Barcelona

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado. Photo: Office of the President of Ecuador

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado. Photo: Office of the President of Ecuador

03/04/2014

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On 23 April, the University of Barcelona confers an honorary doctorate on the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado. The patrons of the ceremony are Dr Joan Tugores, professor of Economic Theory and former rector of the University, and Dr Joaquim Prats, professor of Teacher Training in Social Sciences.

The University of Barcelona distinguishes Rafael Correa’s commitment to designing ambitious education programmes in order to improve the quality of primary, secondary and higher education in Ecuador. In this sense, the South-American country is developing some initiatives, for instance some teacher training and PhD promotion programmes and the creation of quality agencies; the University of Barcelona collaborates in these projects. Correa is also granted and honorary doctorate for his commitment to the development of a new economic policy focused on employment creation and the reduction of poverty and inequality in Ecuador, a strategy that supports the main social and scientific movements that have had repercussions at the University of Barcelona.

Rafael Correa (Guayaquil, 1963) has been the president of the Republic of Ecuador since January 2007. He holds a degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, a master of arts in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois.

Correa has a distinguished academic career. He has given lectures at institutions such as the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil and the University of San Francisco de Quito, where he headed the Department of Economics between 2001 and 2005.

The president of Ecuador started his political career in April 2005, when he was appointed Minister for Economics and Finances. In 2006, Correa founded the political party Alianza PAIS and won the elections. Then, he was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.

 

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