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UA awards Antonio Campinos an honorary degree during the academic year opening ceremony

The close relationship of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) with the University, the drive given to this institution and his relationship with Alicante and its province have been the main merits highlighted in his laudation

The rector has defended the European common project and recalled the words of the German chancellor in which she pointed out that cutbacks in education are "a burden on the competitiveness of a country




VIDEO of the 2017/18 Academic Opening Ceremony produced by the UA Audio Visual Studio


Alicante. Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The University of Alicante Auditorium has been dressed up for a gala on Wednesday to welcome the official opening ceremony  with a large representation of society.

President of the Intellectual Property Office of the European Union Antonio Campinos was one of the main leading authorities with his inauguration as an honorary doctor. As highlighted by the UA President in his speech, Campinos "has contributed to a greater and better integration of the European agency in Alicante, has boosted its social recognition and relations with Alicante and its province through intense activity with private and public sectors. And so he has done with the University of Alicante through a fruitful collaboration."

In his opening speech, UA President Palomar has claimed the European project based on "reciprocal trust, the willingness to share, even partially, risks and a bit of fraternity."

Also in his speech, UA President has pointed out the cutbacks in education and research as "a burden on the competitiveness of a country," as Chancellor Angela Merkel declared in August, quoting Spain explicitly as example of "what should never have been done, not even applying a strict strategy for debt reduction".  In this sense, the head of the institution of Alicante has highlighted the commitment of the new regional president and his commitment to reduce university fees. He has also emphasised the economic effort made in a context of "unfair and unjustified underfinancing of the region of Valencia and a historic debt which occludes and mismatches our options for the future."

"As public universities, we must also continue to cope with the adjustment between educational supply and demand, with a special emphasis on the employability of our graduates," Palomar stated, who also pointed out the new UA educational offer, including "the implantation of the undergraduate degrees in International Relations, Marketing, Gastronomy & Culinary Arts and Medicine, as well as several postgraduate courses aimed at new niche markets –Cybersecurity, big data, Digital Communication, Social Innovation and Restoration and Conservation Climate Change Policies in Biodiversity."

As for the regional secretary for education Miguel Soler's speech, he defended the "Valencian government's effort and commitment for education", and he attacked those who "assure day after day that there are too many universities and graduates, but who have their children in universities and propose to create private universities.

Soler assured that "in order to change the growth model of recent years for a more sustainable one guarantees the future, we need to improve society's level of education and decisively invest in research"


Honoris causa degree

After his inauguration as a University of Alicante honorary member, Antonio Campinos highlighted in his speech that "Intellectual Property, one of the most fascinating branches of Law, is an area that has been closely linked to the phenomenon of globalisation and technological progress" and after thanking for his inauguration, he assured that "the achievements by which he has been awarded are not only mine but also to a team of great talent, devoted to changing a small part of our world for something better and bigger ". Campinos ended his speech in the UA Auditorium stating that "I will keep trying to contribute to the pending issues in the old world by building that necessary bridge towards the new world", while recognising himself as a "heir of The Carnation Revolution which brought back democracy to his homeland, Portugal. "

Shortly before, University of Alicante Registrar Esther Algarra was responsible for the laudation of Antonio Campinos. Algarra made an extensive tour by the professional career of the current president of the European Union Intellectual Property Office, "his entire professional career has been marked by the key principle of getting things well done. Tireless worker, perfectionist, with great curiosity and an exceptional capacity for observation, a great sense of responsibility, and an innate intuition to perceive the importance of his mission. It is not surprising that he was not limited to changing some things, but to transforming them for much better," she said in her praising speech, where she also highlighted the improvements he made to EUIPO through his management and connection with Alicante, "it is fair to recognise that Antonio Campinos has made EUIPO to carry out out an intense activity and to be open and close to its local environment, and reinforcing institutional relations with all entities in both the city of Alicante and its province."

The inaugural lecture of the academic year was delivered by Faculty of Science Professor Juan Antonio Miralles Torres who talked about “Relativity and Astrophysics” with the aim of introducing the development of the theory of relativity and its relation to astrophysics from a historical perspective.


Antonio Campinos Currículum Vitae

António Campinos, a 48-year-old Portuguese, father of three, has been in charge of EUIPO (formerly OAMI) since 1 October 2010. He graduated in Law from the University of Montpellier and holds a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the University of Nancy and a Master's degree in Public Law at the University of Montpellier. After starting his professional career as a lawyer, he worked for the Portuguese public sector in 1998, in particular for the Ministry of Economy and Innovation, where he was an assistant to the State Secretary for Economy. He was appointed Director of Trademarks of the Portuguese National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in 2000 and later in 2005 he became the Chairman of the INPI Board of Directors. He has also been chair of the ad hoc working group of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the legal evolution of the Madrid system for the international registration of marks, head of the Portuguese delegations at WIPO and at the European Office (EPO) and Chairman of the Working Group on Industrial Property of the Council of Europe during the Portuguese Presidency in 2007. He was the head of the Portuguese delegation to the EUIPO Board of Directors between 2005 and 2007 and was appointed President of this organisation in November 2007. He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the University of Strasbourg Centre for Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) since 2013. He has authored numerous scientific publications in the field of Industrial Property in various European publications. In 2015, he was honoured with the award of Grand Officer of the Order of the Infant D. Henrique, in Portugal and, in 2016, was awarded with the Order of Spanish Civil Merit.


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