The Friends Association of the University of Tel Aviv in Spain, the organiser of the event, delivered the first Maimónides prize to Padre Ángel for his work at the head of Messengers of Peace.

Madrid, 14th September 2017- The Friends Association of the University of Tel Aviv in Spain celebrated yesterday in the Villa Magna Hotel the conference ´El role of intercultural communication in international diplomacy´. The conference was led by Professor Yoav Tenembaum, teacher of the Diplomacy program of the University of Tel Aviv, with the collaboration from the excellent Ambassador of Israel in Spain, Daniel Kutner.

Felipe Sahagún, a recognised journalist specialised in international policy acted as a moderator in this meeting in which they revealed the secrets of how interpretation of the same facts and words under distinct cultural codes can affect international relations.

 

Tenembaum emphasised the importance of what he referred to as “professional sub-culture”, as that of professional diplomats, “in trying to reduce the adverse impact of problems in intercultural communication”. The replica in this sense was given by Kutner who offered his eminently practical perspective through years of diplomatic experience.

The conference was sprinkled with humour due to the importance that a well understood sense of humour has in international relations and in the communication between villages.

Maimónides Prize

The presentation, which was attended by a hundred people, was followed by a cocktail and benefit dinner, which counted on the financial support of PATRON CHARITABLE EVENTS and whose donation will be allocated to grants for Spanish students without sufficient resources and who want to take their degree or postgrad studies in the University of Tel Aviv. With its ninth position, the centre forms part of the top ten universities of the world with the most successful undertakings, as their start-ups are the ones which, in the opinion of the analysts from the prestigious PitchBook, generate the most funds and is the first ranking of a university situated outside the United States.

During the course of the event, the Friends Association of the University of Tel Aviv in Spain delivered the first Maimónides prize to Padre Ángel for his work at the head of Messengers of Peace. With this award, the University of Tel Aviv in Spain wants to highlight the work of the organisation in favour of the integration and harmony between villages without making gender, race or religious distinctions, as well as its tireless work in life defence and its fundamental values.

Padre Ángel received the prize from the hands of the copresidents of the Association, Patricia Nahmad and Isaac Querub. “For this first edition of the Maimónides prize we wanted to recognise a person who embodies values of harmony and cohabitation and who works in a proactive way for the integration of the most disadvantaged”, explained Nahmad. For its part, the representative from Messengers of Peace emotionally accepted the award, moved by the fact that a university of Israel is awarding this prize. He also had some warm words for the Jewish community, to those who he considered “the older brothers in faith”.

The Friends Association of the University of Tel Aviv in Spain, with its headquarters in Marbella, has as a principal the objective to stretch ties between the University of Tel Aviv, one of the most prestigious of the world and the most important of Israel and Spain, extending its know-how to universities, institutions and the national panorama in general for those who organise different activities and participate in cultural meetings as scientists and artists of innovation.