The Gold Medal was awarded to the University of North Carolina Charlotte, "for its attention to the relationship of cooperation established between both universities since 1984, with the object of organizing the Progamme of Spanish Language and Culture, with multiple actions of collaboration undertaken during these years in aspects of mobility for students as well as for teachers and researchers".
It is thus stated in the agreement and concession proposal, from the UC Vice-Rectorate for Internationalization, whose Vice President Teresa Susinos, read the speech prior to the Medal being awarded, stressing what this Act means for the University of Cantabria "aware of the importance of internationalisation as a response to the challenges of the globalized world", highlighting within this context "the existence of long-lasting institutional relations, as is the case of the UC with the University of North Carolina. Joan Lorden, collected with great thanks the distinction granted to the University of which she is Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs.
Awarding this medal symbolises the importance which the actions of internationalization and the commitment to increasing the amount and intensity of such relationships hold at the present time for the UC, broadening the horizon of knowledge and promoting new models of university cooperation.
Located in the city of Charlotte, in the U.S. State of North Carolina, this prestigious public University, founded in 1946, is currently the second largest of the 17 institutions of the public university system in the State of North Carolina and the largest in the region of Charlotte. It has 26,000 students, more than 900 professors/lecturers, 7 faculties, 92 Degree programmes, 66 Master Degrees and 20 PhD programs.
Laudatio by Teresa Susinos Rada, about the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA)
Speech given by Joan Lorden, Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina