|Partial view of the students during the UFM’s President presentation|
The freshmen students from the Nutrition School of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, accompanied by director Jorge Tulio Rodriguez and authorities of that academic unit, met with UFM´s President Giancarlo Ibárgüen S.
During the encounter, the President talked about the UFM’s mission that is to teach and diffuse the ethical, juridical 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, the 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 jobs, 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 in Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Ibárgüen also spoke of the importance of the evaluations of university professors and the student responsibilities.
As examples of the success in the search of the excellence, the President showed the students some activities that are made in the UFM, such as the services of the Ludwig von Mises Library, the New Media Digital Resources Center, the Museo Popol Vuh and the Arboretum. He also told them about the new tools in MiU, such as 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 Friday February 23rd of 2007 in the UFM’s School of Businesses.