Omar Alejandro Loera Gonzalez from the capital of Chihuahua has won the Carlos Fuentes Prize 2019-2021 in the UK in the Social Sciences category and the student is about to finish his PhD in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, thanks for the scholarship awarded by Conacyt (National Council for Science and Technology).
Established in 2013, the Carlos Fuentes Prize is awarded to outstanding undergraduate and/or postgraduate Mexican students at UK universities who are distinguished in academic, social or cultural fields, consisting of a recognition of the most outstanding Mexican students in the United Kingdom, where there are currently Three thousand students from Mexico.
On the first day of this month, a virtual awards ceremony took place, where the Mexican Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Josefa Gonzalez Blanco, announced the 2019-2021 Carlos Fuentes Prize winners.
Omar reported that he left his homeland in 2017 to go to Scotland to study for his Ph.D., but every year he comes to his country and does extracurricular work and volunteer work, and similarly, in 2016 he was in England to attend a master’s degree. “In Chihuahua I have been a teacher at Tecnológico de Monterrey for two years, and my PhD research is on the foreign policy of Mexico, information that I would like to disseminate both in Europe and in the Mexican Republic.” It is explored in the fields of human rights, the United Nations and Latin America, from the 1990s to 2018.
He notes that on his return he wishes to participate in the conferences, “I am here thanks to the Conacyt scholarship, and since they are public resources, one must return to Mexico to return some of the knowledge one receives in this place thanks to the support of this institute.”
His participation in this competition explained that the Mexican Association of the United Kingdom contacted him, as he is the president of the student association at the university in which he is located, and he explained what this award means; About the feeling he felt when he realized he had won, he said, “I can’t believe it yet, I feel so incredulous, I got the news at about 11 at night to my email, and it feels so good.”
He also received the Agustín Melgar Awards from the Municipality of Chihuahua; And the state of young people, both in the academic field