The Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Javier Lafuente, has been appointed President of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and GUNi President for one year. Together with Peter Wells, Chief of the Section for Higher Education at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, he has begun to be part of the GUNi Executive Committee.
Last January 29th, the new Directive Board of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) was established. Javier Lafuente, Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), has been elected President of ACUP. Therefore, he has become the GUNi President for 2021. In this way, Javier Lafuente takes over María José Figueras, Rector of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) as GUNi President.
Javier Lafuente is University Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He graduated in Chemical Sciences, specialising in Technical Chemistry, in 1982, and obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering with cum laude in 1988. He has carried out research stays at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr Lafuente is the author of 141 publications in indexed journals with over 3,500 citations and an h- index of 35. He has directed most of the more than 60 national and European research projects with companies in which he has participated. He has supervised 12 doctoral theses and numerous end-of-degree projects. He has also created two environmental spin-off companies for the application of cutting-edge technologies in the treatment of effluents. Dr Lafuente has been director of the Department of Chemical Engineering (2004-2010) and Vice-Rector of Innovation and Strategic Projects (from 2016 to 2020). He has also been coordinator of the degree in Chemical Engineering and Rector’s Delegate at the Polytechnic University School of the Environment (EUPMA) in Mollet del Vallés. He has also been a member of the Economy and Organisation and International Relations committees on the UAB Governing Council. He is a member of various teaching-staff and research-project assessment committees. Dr Lafuente is Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from 13th November, 2020.
During the meeting, the members of the new ACUP board were elected as well: Universitat de Lleida's Rector, Jaume Puy, as first Vice President; the President of the Social Council of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), Joan Corominas, as second Vice-President; the President of the Social Council of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Ramon Carbonell, as third Vice-President; and the rector of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), María José Figueras, who until now was the President and has become the Secretary.