UMIP awards doctorate to Ruben Arosemena

For his contribution to the development of academic training activities and support in the projection of Panamanian professionals in the international maritime industry, the International Maritime University of Panama (UMIP) awarded the degree of “Doctor Honoris Causa” to the ambassador and consul of Panama in Korea, Ruben Arosemena Valdes Eloy.

This recognition was given in the presence of important personalities from the academic, political and government spheres such as Milton Henriquez, Minister of Government and former President, Martin Torrijos Espino. The recognition was approved by the Academic Council at a meeting held on September 30, 2016, through Resolution No.010-16

From left to right former president, Martin Torrijos, Ruben Arosemena and UMIP rector, Fernanda Billard.

From left to right former president, Martin Torrijos, Ruben Arosemena and UMIP rector, Fernanda Billard.

Doctor Honoris Causa is an honorary title awarded by the UMIP in recognition of the contributions made by honorees for the benefit of the formation and development of the maritime industry in general. A doctor honoris causa receives the same treatment and privileges as those who obtained the degree in a conventional manner

This is the third degree of Doctor Honoris Causa granted by the UMIP since its inception in 2005, and the first granted to a Panamanian. The first Doctorate Honoris was conferred on Professor Francisco Montero Llácer, of the University of Cadiz, Spain; the second was awarded to the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Sekimizu in March 2015.

Ruben Arosemena Valdes, born on April 11, 1961, is a Panamanian politician with extensive expertise. He was former vice president of the Republic of Panama during the 2004-2009 period in the government of President Martin Torrijos Espino. At that time, he led the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). He is currently Ambassador and Consul of the Republic of Panama in Korea.

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