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Inauguration of the Valladolid Marist University, in Morelia

30/08/2012: Mexico

August 13th was an important day for the Marist educational community of Morelia; the Valladolid Marist University was in fact inaugurated and it will hence offer a new proposal for higher education to the young of the State of Michoacán.

The University has a strong Marist identity and its Mission is to “Form young university students academically, humanly and Christianly according to the educational charism of simplicity, family environment, love of work supported  by the confidence of Mary, in a task shared by brothers and lay qualified both professionally and apostolically”.

The inauguration was attended by Dr. Alejandro A. Rangel Estrada, rector of the University; Dr. Francisco Javier Jasso Muñoz, General Manager of the Valladolid Institute; Br. Carlos Vargas, Vice rector; as well as Br. Eduardo Navarro, Provincial of Western Mexico and Br. Antonio Cavazos.

Brother Eduardo Navarro stated in his address: “I wish to endorse the commitment of the Marists in Mexico, and especially the Marists of Morelia, in favour of the children and the young of this city… for and because of them, we reiterate today our commitment to higher education in order to offer them continuity in an education that aims at forming good Christians and good citizens… we want to form you as people who are, who exist to serve and who through service may also find fullness of being”.

On the other hand, Dr. Alejandro Rangel Estrada highlighted that “…the Valladolid Marist University begins its activity not only to spread knowledge, definitions and formulas. Academic excellence is just one of the edges of the mission.  Its other facet will travel through the path of humanism, solidarity and a genuine search for truth and justice since higher education is called to comply with the task of maintaining and transmitting the heritage and the culture, producing new knowledge and making it available to humankind”.

The event was also attended by the State Governor Fausto Vallejo Figueroa, the Public Education secretary José Angel Cordova Villalobos and the President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, a former student of the Valladolid Institute, who addressed a few words of gratitude to the Brothers present, the authorities and the members of the educational community.

In order to start the operation of the University, the First International Education Meeting was held with internationally renowned speakers, on August 13 and 14.

The University will feature woodlands and spacious facilities at two locations, Santa Maria and Bosque.

As of this semester, the following Courses of Studies will be available:

* Business Administration and Management
* Natural Resource Management
* Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
* Psychology
* Master in Human Development.



President Calderon at the inauguration of academic activities of the Valladolid University - http://www.presidencia.gob.mx/2012/08/el-presidente-calderon-en-la-inauguracion-de-las-actividades-academicas-de-la-universidad-valladolid/

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