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María Iraburu, Rector: "At the University you will find the context to make your professional dreams come true and open new horizons".

More than 3,000 people attend the University's Welcome Day for first-year students and their families

FotoManuelCastells/More than 3,000 people participated in the Welcome Day, which took place at the Sports Center.

30 | 08 | 2022

"Every year the University begins with the novelty that is you, the students who come from so many parts of the world. Each one of you brings something unique, you are all necessary for the University to be what it is called to be: a place of learning, growth, coexistence and friendship". With these words, the Rector of the University of Navarra, María Iraburu, today welcomed the students who this year begin their studies at the academic center and their families.

More than 3,000 people participated in a day held at the Sports Center. María Iraburu encouraged the students to enjoy and learn in this new stage they are now starting. "Here you will find the context to make your professional dreams come true, and to open new horizons, perhaps unsuspected. I would especially like to thank the families for their effort and their confidence in the University," she said.

This was followed by a speech by Professor of Aesthetics Ricardo Piñero, who gave some advice on how to live the university, "one of the best ways to be in the world". "Dare to know, and for that wake up, go out of yourself and discover what you don't know; let yourself be amazed, look and ask, talk and share; and, finally, be who you are, listen to those around you and together with them you can improve your life and theirs," he explained. "At the end of the day, that's what the university is all about, improving everyone's life."

In total, 2,486 first-year students will begin their studies at the University of Navarra next Thursday, September 1: 745 are international students (from more than 100 countries) and 1,741 are national students, of which 703 are from Navarre. Many have met today for the first time on the University campus, in a day full of emotions for those who arrive and meet their new classmates and for the families who say goodbye to their children. 

Lucía Blasco begins her first year of International Relations. "I've arrived very nervous, but thanks to this day I'm slowly getting used to the new stage I'm starting. I am excited about the opportunity to meet people from so many different places and also about all the extracurricular activities, such as clubs, so that I can combine my studies with other things," said Lucía.

For her part, Miranda Flores has traveled from Peru to begin her studies in Marketing, with a major in Fashion. She was accompanied by her parents and sister. "We feel a mixture of joy and sadness, but we are very excited for our daughter to start college. We want her to spread her wings and learn a lot, and we think the University of Navarra is a good place for that," said her father Ángel. "This journey helps us parents to be at ease and get to know more about where our children are going to be." 

"Vive el campus".

Under the name 'Vive el campus', those attending the Welcome Day were also able to learn about all the extracurricular services and activities offered by the University, as well as the student-run university clubs, at information stands located in the Amigos building and in the Sports Center itself: the University's solidarity time bank, Tantaka; the Sports Service, the Library, the Language Institute, the Careers Service, Career Services; the Art Museum, Innovation Factory, the Core Curriculum Institute and the Science Museum

Meanwhile, the Vice Rector for Students, Rosalía Baena, and the President of the Association of Friends of the University, Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero, led a session for the parents of the students. In the afternoon, the Museum will host a concert by the University of Navarra Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of the SODRE of Uruguay.

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