|Partial view of the students from the Department of Education during the meeting with UFM’s President|
The students of the Department of Education, accompanied by their director, Siang Aguado de Seidner and by faculty members, met with the President of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Giancarlo Ibárgüen S.
After the introduction by Seidner and, during the encounter, the President talked about the UFM’s History and its mission that is to teach and disseminate the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons; and the motivations of the founders of the University.
He also talked about the commitment of this house of studies with excellence, which is defined as “a superior quality that makes people or things worthy of singular esteem or estimation”. President Ibárgüen explained that for this house of studies, academic excellence is “the quality of ideas, principles and performance of those who, like professors or students, are habitually located over the simple material and routine fulfillment of their duties, constituting before all a live example of coherent life”. Excellence understood this way, “is only possible in a frame of freedom, competition and respect”.
This commitment with excellence is contained in a document that, as a contract with students and professors has been drafted at Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Ibárgüen also spoke of the importance of the evaluations of university professors and the responsibility of the students.
As examples of the success in the search of the excellence, the President showed the students some activities that are made at the UFM, such as the services of the
Ludwig von Mises Library, the
New Media Digital Resources Center, the Museum Popol Vuh and the
Arboretum. He also told them about the new tools in MiU, such as the blog, chat and Wikipedia.
Before concluding the meeting, President Ibárgüen listened to commentaries from the students and answered their questions. The encounter was celebrated last Saturday April 22 of 2007 at the UFMs Friedrich A. Hayek Auditorium.