|Partial view of the students at the meeting|
The freshman students of the Nutrition School at the Francisco Marroquín University, accompanied by the school´s authorities and faculty members, met with UFM´s President Giancarlo Ibárgüen S. to know and discuss the excellence that is promoted in this house of studies.
Ibargüen recalled that, at the UFM, excellence is a virtue that 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, the academic excellence is «the quality of ideas, principles and performances 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 possible in a frame of freedom, competition and respect».
This commitment with excellence is contained in a
document that, as a «contract with the students and professors» has been elaborated in the Francisco Marroquín University. 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
New Media Digital Resources Center, the
Popol Vuh Museum and the
Ibargüen refered to the UFM´s mission, the education and diffusion of the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons. He also related the origins of this house of studies, and that this year is the UFM´s 35th aniversary. Ibárgüen also spoke on the importance of the teachers evaluations and the students responsibilities.
Before concluding the meeting, President Ibárgüen listened to students comments and answered their questions. This year, the President has already met with the psychology and law students and plans to meet with all of the UFM academic units.
The meeting was held on January 25, 2006 at the Milton Friedman Auditorium, in the New Media Building of the UFM campus.