Tributes paid to Rector Doménech at inauguration of Adeje Campus 2014
Adeje’s mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga paid tribute to the outgoing rector of the University of La Laguna, Eduardo Doménech, during a number of ceremonies today marking the inauguration of the 3rd year of the Adeje university tourism course in conjunction with the University of La Laguna. This is the rector’s last year in the chair.
The establishing of a university campus here in the south of Tenerife, specifically in Adeje, was a joint aspiration of the mayor and the rector, and both agree that the years of work to bring it to fruition were worth while. “There is no going back, we can only go forward”, the mayor told the distinguished audience in the Convento de San Francisco at the opening of this year’s course on Friday September 2014. He called the existence of the course in tourism “an illusion and a commitment” mentioning the importance of this advancement within the council’s commitment to co-existence. This year, the mayor was delighted to add, almost all of the course places were taken on the first day of registration, and there is now a waiting list of students who wish to study at third level in Adeje.ç
Following the mayor’s opening intervention the head of the university’s Department of Economy, Business and Tourism, José Antonio Álvarez, presented a brief report on the 2013/2014 course. 117 students took the course last year, 71% were women, and this year 150 are registered and have begun their studies. He added that the fact that there were students from 12 different nationalities signed up to study in Adeje “is something which will no doubt enrich the tourism course”.
Rector Eduardo Doménech, in his intervention, said the successful establishment of this university campus in Adeje was “one of the achievements that has given me a huge level of personal satisfaction and pride as rector”. He spoke of how having a highly qualified body of graduates in Adeje was of great importance to the tourism sector now and in the future. He thanked the Adeje mayor and council, saying it had been an enormous pleasure to work with them. “But what is important today is the opening of the new academic year”, he told the students who were also present. “Enjoy your time in university…you are privileged to be studying here, so close to your future profession”, he added.
Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga thanked the rector both on a professional and personal level, and the respect and friendship the two men have for each other was visible. Following the inauguration of the academic year the mayor and rector, accompanied by members of the council and the academic staff walked to the street previously known as Calle Principe Pelinor, where the Adeje campus and cultural centre is located, which they renamed Calle Universidad de La Laguna. The council have also named one of the lecture halls Sala Rector Eduardo Doménech in the cultural centre.