25th anniversary

1997/05/01 Mujika, Alfontso - Elhuyar Fundazioa Iturria: Elhuyar aldizkaria

Pedro Miguel Etxenike

Newspaper

Almost 25 years ago, analyzing and offering the ideas of Einstein, for someone like me who participated in the first steps of the EU, it is a pleasure to see that those sessions so simple but at the same time so arid have reached the 25th summer, respectively. Satisfaction with the important fruits of all kinds that it has borne throughout this quarter century in the field of Basque culture (it is enough to analyze year after year the program of the EU to see and admire step by step the proliferation of themes and participants in it).

At first, and later also, there have been differences of opinion about the location and compliance of the EU. Despite the opinions, over the last 25 years we have seen the creation of the UPV/EHU, which with its 60,000 members has become one of the most massive universities in the world (we must not forget that the most prestigious universities in the world, such as Princenton or Cambridge, have between 5,000 and 10,000 student teachers). Our young public university, with all its lights, has come a long way in a few years and is often achieving better levels of research and qualification internationally.

On the other hand, teaching in Basque also advances in faculties and there are more and more who are combining cutting-edge research and Basque cultural activity, although in international forums it is essential to use English to establish relationships in the scientific community.

I have never seen the EU as an alternative to the University of the Basque Country, but as a meeting point or meeting point for Basque and Basque cultural activity before, now and after, but that does not mean that this requirement is inferior or secondary.

Former UEU directors, main "dinosaurs". From the left: Martin Orbe, Kepa Altonaga, Inaki Irazabalbeitia and Baleren Bakaikoa.

In line with the objectives and ideas proposed by the Universe of the Basque Country, which has been appearing in recent months in the media, the EU and the EU, in a conflictive and serious social and political situation that we live in, they have been an essential to articulate, coordinate and articulate the efforts and sessions that are carried out in the different departments and areas of the University and society.

An excellent work in the field of knowledge and society carried out to date by the EU and with great hope of being able to continue responding adequately to the great challenges of Basque society. We can get that before turning 25 more years Euskal Herria is euskaldun, pacified and integrated, that it is stretching the friendly hands and “spreading the fruit” all over the world.