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The Swedish scientist Lennart Levi wins the XVIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia

2014 June 27

  • As Dr Levi announced during the press conference, the Prize (6.000 euro) will be donated to the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières
  • The award ceremony will take place on the 26th September 2014, during the XX General Assembly of the Compostela Group in Poznan (Poland)


Santiago de Compostela, 23rd June 2014.-The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) announced this morning through its President, professor Maurits van Rooijen, the decision, made jointly with the Galician Government, of giving the XVIII International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to the Swedish scientist Lennart Levi, as an acknowledgement for his promotion of the European Values through a career committed and oriented to the improvement of physical, mental and social wellbeing of entire populations. His interdisciplinary and intersectoral perspectives (integrating approaches from Medicine, Economy, Psychology, Sociology, Education and other scientific and political fields), his outstanding social concern and his focus on bridging the science-policy gap were decisive elements for the Jury to make its decision.

Along with the president of the Group, the Rector of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and member of the CGU’s Executive Committee, professor Juan Viaño (acting as chair), the Galician Government’s General Secretary for Culture, Anxo Lorenzo, and the prize winner, professor Lennart Levi, also participated in the press conference.

Lennart Levi announced that the monetary prize (6.000 euro) will be donated to the humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières. He also emphasized the importance of systems approaches in preventive and promotive interventions, based on collaboration between scientists, decision makers and administrators. 

The intervention of the representative of the Galician Government focused on the history of the Prize that, since its creation in 1997, has awarded leading figures and institutions from several fields. In the latest three editions, the Prize went to the European news channel Euronews (2013), to the College of Europe (2012) and to the Vice President of the European Commision and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes (2011).

The award ceremony will take place on the 26th of September 2014, during the XXth General Assembly of the Group at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland).

The Compostela Dialogues on Higher Education

The Prize winner also took the opportunity to present the “Compostela Dialogues”, a series of high-level conferences he conceived in close collaboration with the Compostela Group of Universities.

This initiative will periodically gather at different venues (mainly CGU’s) top-level speakers to deal in a monographic way with intersectoral topics particularly relevant for Institutions of Higher Education. Its first edition, to be held within the framework of the next CGU’s General Assembly, will focus on the importance of transmitting “Values” in university education, combining them harmoniously with the “Knowledge” and “Skills” that graduates must have in order to contribute positively to society’s well-being and progress.

The conclusions of these events will be widely disseminated with the purpose to raise awareness among Higher Education Institution’s managers and other stakeholders.