President of the MCUD receives
Eng. Alarcón during his inaugural
presentation at Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Baltimore, Md. July 5th 2005. This past June 27th-29th at the
international renowned Hotel Conrad de Punta del Este, Uruguay convened
the second Latin American Congress for Quality in Education. The event
that was declared of national interest by the governments of Uruguay and
their neighbor Argentina united hundreds of educators from Latin
All of the Latin American countries were represented in this great event
and with the presence of thirty-one Rectors and twenty-two Presidents of
Universities and Institutes, as well as Directors of different training
centers who took part in and debated in different presentation
educational issues faced by our continent.
Shared and noted in the final document was the general restlessness that
each educator and each institution must diversify and make our education
more human. It was the general consensus that only by forming true and
honest professionals will we eradicate our America of corruption and bad
habits, bringing only honest professionals committed to their people to
key positions of society will we manage to advance this agenda.
The engineer César L. Alarcón received from the hands of Dr. Mario
Marenco Sosa, President of the CELADE (Latin American Center of
Development) a Doctorate Honorary Degree for his recognized work in
Education and Democracy for his country and Latin America.
The Engineer Alarcón upon receiving such high distinction expressed:
“Today is a special day, united here are many of the true leaders of our
America. Here hundreds of organizations are represented that together
can bring, through interchanges and efforts, the change that we needed
for our America. I want to dedicate this prize to my mother in Cuba who
I may not ever see again since our island is condemned to the lack of
freedom by a cruel Dictatorship that does not allow the free transit of
its citizens. I want to dedicate this honorable Prize to the memory of
more than seventy thousand Cubans that have died in the Straits of
Florida simply in search of freedom, I want to dedicate this prize to
more than one hundred thousand Cuban executed and imprisoned in these
forty-six years of absolute Dictatorship. Today you give me this
Doctorate Honorary Degree that signifies, "For reason or honorable
cause, of a quality that drives us to the fulfillment of our duties,
respect for others and ourselves; it is a good reputation that follows
virtue, merit or the actions of service, those which transcend families,
people, institutions and actions themselves that are recognized."
Then I must say, dear Latin American brothers gathered here today, if
its about Truth and Honor I request in God’s name that you also commit
yourselves to the Truth and help my people, who deserve themselves at
least to live as you live, I request that you know how to differentiate
that Cuba had Cubans before the dictator Castro and will continue having
Cubans long after Castro is gone, I request in honor of the Truth not to
be accomplices of the lies and side with our Cuban people. Thank You"
Eng. Alarcón hosted several private meetings with different Presidents
and Directors of Public and Private Universities of Latin America with
the objective to establish threads of educative interchange and to plan
future conferences to continue presenting the Cuban reality.