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Pepe Mujica receives another honorary university degree

Thursday, June 30, 2022 – 09:30 UTC


The former president has 23 honorary degrees

Former Uruguayan President (2010-2015) José Mujica received an honorary doctorate on Wednesday from the Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto (UNRC) in the Argentine province of Córdoba for being “one of the main critical voices of wild capitalism”. UNRC teachers, authorities and students nominated the award for Mujica’s “long career in political and social activism”.

A delegation came from Argentina to give Mujica its distinction. The ceremony took place at the University of the Republic (UdelaR) in Montevideo because “it is difficult for the winner to travel to Río Cuarto due to his state of health, so it was decided that the ceremony would take place in Uruguay”.

“We consider that the figure of Mr. José Alberto Mujica Cordano is worthy of receiving the highest honor that a university can bestow on account of his long career in political and social activism,” the UNRC said.

The UNRC also highlighted “the social policy of its government”, which was “aimed at the development of human rights, as well as strongly oriented towards achieving the unity of the Uruguayan people” while preserving “equity and inclusion”.

Mujica has also been praised for “his gifts as a clear, simple and profound communicator; becoming one of the main critical voices of the dominant savage capitalism, promoting an example of austerity and sobriety in the face of the consumer society.

“Pepe Mujica is an example of austerity since during his term as President of Uruguay he resigned from the comforts that would be granted to any president. He continued to live in the same way on his simple farm, where he can continue to live peacefully and without ceasing to practice family farming, which has always been his way of life,” the UNRC said.

After receiving the award, Mujica spoke about the importance of education for the professional future of new generations. “The world has not entered an era of change but a change of era. These workers in overalls and caps are the nostalgia of our youth,” he added.

“The workers of the world to come are young people entering university. The qualification of work, technological and scientific progress determine that they are the future generators of added value,” he added.

Mujica also insisted that “it is time for universities to understand that they have a responsibility to put intelligence at the service of an America in which we have been able to build a lot, but we still need to be present in the world”.

The leader of the Frente Amplio has to his credit 23 honorary degrees in Latin America. “I am a strange old man and I am taken for a symbol because of my way of living, of being; because in general, we live in hierarchical societies and the presidents appear to us as kings. I’m still the Pepe I’ve always been and that seems surprising and for me it’s neither a merit nor a demerit, it’s just a comfort to be as we are.

“To succeed in life is not to arrive somewhere, it is to get up and start again with each fall with the desire to live in all orders and in all times,” Mujica stressed in a message to the younger generations. . But “like all old men who give advice, no one gives me credit anymore,” he joked.

After receiving the award, Mujica spoke about the importance of education for the professional future of new generations. “The world has not entered an era of change but a change of era. These workers in overalls and caps are the nostalgia of our youth,” the former president said, adding, “The workers of the world to come are young people entering university. The qualification of work, technological and scientific progress, determine that these are the future generators of added value”.

Mujica also insisted that “it is time for universities to understand that they have a responsibility to put intelligence at the service of an America in which we have been able to build a lot, but we still need to be present in the world”.

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