Telmo Rudi Frantz, rector of UniRitter, was recognized with the Porto Alegre Medal. The recognition was delivered to Dr. Frantz by José Fortunati, mayor of Porto Alegre and Deborah Vilela, municipal secretary for innovation and technology. The distinction was earned for Rector Frantz’s work to promote innovation and technology at UniRitter that supports the cultural, social and economic development of the state capital.
Before being called to the stage of the São Pedro theater, the host of the event, journalist Tulio Milmann, summarized the rector’s background, stating that he completed his doctorate in economic and social development from the University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and served as secretary of science and technology of Rio Grande do Sul from 1995 to 1998.
"I receive this honor on behalf of UniRitter. I have only been able to undertake the work I am being recognized for through the institution. Alone I would have not been able to achieve anything. Therefore, I dedicate this medal and the diploma to UniRitter,” said Frantz.
The rector was one of 30 honorees recognized for their work in the city and state. The event marks the 242nd anniversary of the city.
Fortunati stressed the importance of recognizing the work of those who work tirelessly to support the city’s continued development. "These honorees should serve as an example to us all. They are dedicated, selfless, and are helping us to build a more caring, humane, just and inclusive city that we can all be proud of. With the medal, we value and encourage the actions that effectively contribute to the construction of the Porto Alegre that we want," said the mayor.
The Porto Alegre Medal was created in 1977 and is a permanent recognition of those members of the Porto Alegre community who support the development of the city and state. It is traditionally presented during the birthday celebrations of the city of Porto Alegre. The medal was designed by the artist Nelson Jungbluth.
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