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The Lehendakari defends the "exceptional capacity" of Basque universities in Berkeley

2010 July 27

The Lehendakari has presided over the act entailing the signing of two agreements with the University of Berkeley during his current visit to the U.S.A.

The University of Deusto’s (Orkestra) Basque Institute for Competitiveness and the Biophysics Unit of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU) have each signed collaboration agreements with the prestigious University of Berkeley. In the case of the former, the collaboration agreement has been signed with the School of Information and will enable the exchange of research and researchers between the two centers, whilst in the case of the UPV, the agreement with the Carlos Bustamante Laboratory will enable the construction of a new building on the Leioa campus to house a single-molecules laboratory, an area where the Carlos Bustamante Laboratory is a reference point. The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has presided over the protocolar act entailing the signing of these agreements and has drawn attention to the exceptional capacity of Basque universities to “forge ideas, values and knowledge that will stimulate our development.” “Today, the Basque Country is a territory that is increasingly open to the rest of the world, a fact that is not lost on our university institutions. They demonstrate exceptional capacity to contribute to debate and forge ideas, values and knowledge that will stimulate development,” he added.

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has underlined the “exceptional capacity” of Basque universities during his visit to the University of Berkeley, where the UPV-EHU and the University of Deusto have signed collaboration agreements. During his intervention, the Lehendakari affirmed that the Basque Country is a “territory that is increasingly open to the rest of the world,” wherein the universities have demonstrated an “exceptional capacity to contribute to debate and forge ideas, values and knowledge that will stimulate development.” “We hope that they contribute to the enrichment of the proud history of this institution and that they serve to enable our universities to rise to the level of their capabilities,” he added.

In addition to the Lehendakari, Patxi López, the act involving the signing of the agreement, celebrated this morning in the University of Berkeley in San Francisco, was attended by the General Secretary for Overseas Action, Guillermo Echenique, Pedro Luis Arias, the Basque Vice-Minister for Universities and Research, Jun Ignacio Goicolea, the Basque Vice-Minister for Innovation and Technology, the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Graham Fleming, the Rector of the UPV-EHU, Iñaki Goirizelaia, José Luis de Val, Vice-Rector of the University of Deusto, Felix Goñi, Director of the Biophysics Unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the University of the Basque Country, José Luis Curbelo, General Director of Orkestra and Anna Lee Saxesian, Dean and Professor of the School of Information.

During his intervention, the Lehendakari stressed his desire to become imbued with the “spirit of Berkeley” because the Basques “hope to share this undertaking with Berkeley, one of the reasons that has brought us here.” “To demonstrate this, I am accompanied by two institutions, pertaining to two universities within the Basque Country, that will sign collaboration agreements with the University of California,” he explained.

The agreements signed today involve the Biophysics Unit of the University of the Basque Country, which will collaborate with the Carlos Bustamante Laboratory, a pioneering institute within the field of single-molecule research. In the near future, this agreement will enable the construction of a new building on the Leioa campus to house a single-molecules laboratory. For its part, the University of Deusto, via the University of Deusto’s (Orkestra) Basque Institute for Competitiveness, will collaborate with the School of Information, thereby enabling the exchange or research and researchers between these two centers.

 

 

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