On May 20, 2010, Universidad de Las Américas recognized Lenin Moreno Garcés, Vice President of the Republic of Ecuador, with the highest distinction awarded by the University, an Honorary Doctoral Degree. The great event was presided over by Doctor Carlos Larreátegui, UDLA’s Rector. During the ceremony Dr. Larreátegui referred to the Vice President as “an illustrious citizen and friend”, who has earned this worthy recognition for his selfless acts of nobility, his morals, and his positive philosophy of life.
The decision to present Vice President Moreno with this distinction was reached by the UDLA’s Council Superior after considering “the important contributions to improve diverse projects aimed at improving Ecuador’s tourism industry as well as enhancing social inclusion”. The Laudatio, which focused on the multiple reasons that Lenín Moreno deserves this academic distinction, were delivered by the President of the Republic, Economist Rafael Correa, during which he emphasized the diverse contributions and projects that the Vice President has undertaken during his life and said: “I feel proud to count you among my friends dear Lenin… and I request with humility and joy that the University grants to you Doctor Honoris Causa.”
This is the second Doctor Honoris Causa that UDLA has awarded and the first at the national level. The first Doctor Honoris Causa was conferred to the former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela in recognition of his relentless fight against racism and social inequalities.