Under the motto “For a future with everyone”, the University of Chile commemorates its 180 years of life during the month of November. This milestone, which year after year brings together the university and national community with the aim of highlighting the different dimensions, fields, missions and disciplines of its work, as well as to renew the institution’s commitment to society, has a special meaning for the Grand Lodge of Chile.
Both institutions maintain an important historical tradition, based on deep ties forged in values that mark both institutions, such as the defense of secularism and freedom of thought in the field of higher education in particular, but also projected in society. Chilean in general.
Both the House of Bello and Chilean Freemasonry have been in common areas and purposes over time, understanding that the fundamental objective of the Grand Lodge is the improvement of people and society. In this sense, the University of Chile is recognized as a powerful light of knowledge that illuminated freedom of thought and the path towards knowledge in our country, a task that it maintains today.
In this context of fraternity between both institutions, this Monday the Grand Lodge of Chile celebrated its 180th anniversary together with the high authorities of the university, in a ceremony held in the Grand Temple of the Masonic building, located in Santiago.
On the occasion, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Chile, Sebastián Jans Pérez, presented the current rector of the University of Chile, Rosa Devés Alessandri, with the Francisco Bilbao Honorary Medal, a recognition given to people who make a significant contribution to the secular knowledge and tradition of the country.
In his speech, Jans Pérez assured that the invitation to the ceremony “has to do with the reality imposed by the vigorous transcendence of a university, which has historically represented an affirmation of knowledge and thought, for 18 years, where a republican culture has been built. , professional support for the country and its great needs, where the great leadership necessary to address the greatest challenges has been formed, where a chair of freethinking moral inspiration has been made”.
“A university that has had in its imprint the humanist purpose, and as its values say, effectively national and state, with high levels of quality, pluralism, social and gender equity, and relevance to address socially, critically, and ethically aware responsible, addressing the challenges in terms of higher education, research, creation, extension and links with the environment, at the service of the country”, added the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Chile.
For her part, Rector Devés thanked the recognition and assured that “the University of Chile and the Grand Lodge of Chile share a history that links us to the beginnings of the Republic and invites us to continue working together for a Chile impregnated by the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity. Both institutions agree on their genuine purpose to contribute to the development of public education and the will to contribute to the progress of our Republic, always aspiring to a greater objective of Universal order.
“Public education, secular and diverse, needs to continue to deepen through determined support from the State. And this is how the Grand Lodge has expressed it, in the book ‘Freemasonry Proposes to Chile’. In a country that demands more inclusion, public education plays a fundamental role, to counteract inequalities and avoid segregation. That concern is expressed, by the way, in a greater integration on equal terms of women in public life. For this reason, I celebrate the agreement signed by the Grand Lodge of Chile and with the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile a few years ago,” said the academic.
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