Ambassador Philippe Lhuillier and Universidad Complutense de Madrid Rector Carlos Andradas Heranz signed an agreement on Academic, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid between the Philippine Embassy and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) on 8 June 2018 at the Office of the Rector of the UCM.
The agreement serves as a formal commitment for both parties to collaborate and promote academic, scientific, and cultural exchanges between Philippine institutions through the Embassy and the University.
The agreement, which can be renewed every 5 years, will allow the holding of congresses or multi-sectoral meetings that facilitate the academic, scientific and cultural exchanges between both countries.
During the signing, Ambassador Lhuillier and the Rector discussed possible areas to focus on in the operationalization of the agreement, which included tourism studies, law, social sciences, and engineering.
The University is home to more than 80,000 students and has been consistently ranked one of the best universities in Spain.
Both parties remarked on the historical significance of the University to Filipinos, and the continuation of its long tradition of serving as the home of Filipino intellectuals in Spain. Jose Rizal and Antonio Luna were some of the more prominent Filipinos from the 19th century who earned degrees from UCM at a time when it was still called the Central University of Madrid.