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University of Cartagena has close ties with Purdue University


March 8, 2012 | El Universal Newspaper

After receiving an award from the rector of the University of Cartagena, the president of Purdue University (Lafayette - Indiana - United States), France Anne Córdova, announced the strengthening of relations between the schools in the areas of nanotechnology and life sciences.

Córdova said she was pleased by the attention she received at the University of Cartagena, and she praised the beauty of the campus.

At the event, German Sierra Anaya, rector (president) of the University of Cartagena, highlighted the internationalization of Colombia’s Caribbean public universities and announced another upcoming visit from Purdue University. Next week, professors and students from Purdue will engage in academic and cultural activities with their peers at the University of Cartagena.

For Rector Sierra Anaya, this visit is of the highest importance because it sealed an academic and institutional relationship in several areas between the schools.


France Anne Córdova, president of Purdue University, has distinguished herself as an academic and a professional of the highest quality through her work in astronomy and astrophysics at various U.S. institutions.


Because of her elevated professional skills, she has held senior management positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California and Purdue University.

She received an honorary doctorate from Loyola Marymount University; and a nomination to the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University. She also was named one of eighty Elite Hispanic Women by the Hispanic Business Magazine. Among her many other distinctions, she also received NASA’s highest award, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

The award ceremony at the University of Cartagena, was attended by university directors, researchers, professors and representatives of the Supreme Council of the Alma Mater.


Rodolfo Gisays Gideon, a representative from the Productive Sector of the Governing Council of the University of Cartagena said that this visit is a great opportunity for the Alma Mater.

"We have identified Purdue’s areas of strength so that the professors at the University of Cartagena can enter an exchange program and can travel to the United States. For certain, Purdue also knows that we are strong and their professors will come here so that we can strengthen each other. "