The King celebrates in Washington the 100 years of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service

King Felipe ends the intense activity of this last week of November in Washington, the US federal capital, where he obtained a master’s degree in International Relations from the prestigious Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. The Spanish monarch, who has maintained a close relationship with the academic institution for almost three decades, is going to deliver the central speech at the events celebrating the first centenary that take place over a year. The two courses that Don Felipe stayed in the federal capital of the United States were very important for his academic training since it was a period of time that gave him a broad perspective on the world situation, the points of greatest risk of confrontation on the planet, the poorest and most disadvantaged areas of the five continents, as well as how to maintain a very difficult and essential balance to preserve world peace.

The King has decided to occupy his busy working day in the city of Washington in various settings: in the morning, attendance at a talk on “The importance of the Foreign Service”, within the centenary of the School in which he obtained the degree of teacher at the end of the 1995 course. At noon, a meeting with the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva, at the IMF headquarters and accompanied by the First Vice President of the Government, Nadia Calviño. With it, without a doubt, there will be a review of the current global economic situation that is going through very difficult times. And at night, attendance at the gala dinner at the United States Institute of Peace, the central act of the monarch’s trip to the North American capital.

As a result of the stay of the then heir to the Crown, a Prince of Asturias Chair was created within Georgetown University, which is currently chaired by the Spanish professor Juan Luis Manfredi, from the University of Castilla La Mancha and which is dedicated to teaching Journalism and International Relations. The overall objective of the Chair that bears the name of Felipe de Borbón y Grecia is to promote Spanish culture in the academic world and it has been working since 1997, shortly after the then Prince Felipe completed his Master’s degree in International Relations. It must be said that the current head of state is considered by the professors of the School of Foreign Service as a “proud Georgetown alumnus” and is an honorary member of the Advisory Council of the aforementioned academic center.

The main speaker during the Centenary gala dinner is the Spanish monarch who will deliver his speech in which it is expected that the memory of his experiences lived twenty-seven years ago and a review of the complicated world situation will be present. At the ceremony, the SFS Centenary awards will be given to former students who have stood out throughout their professional career in different fields of activity and who have been proposed to receive the awards by other students who have passed through the classrooms of the George Town University.

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