Psychology students and UFM´s president, at an excellence meeting

Partial view of the students at the meeting with the UFM´s President

The freshman students of the Psychology Department of the Francisco Marroquín University, accompanied by authorities and professors, met with Giancarlo Ibárgüen S., president of this University, to know and discuss aspects of the academic excellence that is promoted in this house of studies.

The meeting was held on January 23 of 2006 at the Milton Friedman Auditorium, of the New Media Building, at the University.

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 Center of Digital Resources
New Media, the
Popol Vuh Museum  and the Arboretum.

The President also talked about the mission of the UFM that is 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 estudios.  Ibárgüen also spoke on the importance of the teachers evaluations and the students responsibilities.

Before concluding the meeting president Ibárgüen listened to the students comments and answered their questions.  This was the first meeting of that type that the Director held with the UFM students this year; However, last year he kept similar meetings with students of all the faculties.

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