- For his curricular merits, the Imperial Spanish Order of Charles V has distinguished professor José Manuel Saiz Álvarez with a Knighthood appointed to the class of Commander by Number.
Dr. José Manuel Saiz Álvarez, research professor at EGADE Business School in Guadalajara, has been invested as Knight appointed to the class of Commander by Number of the Imperial Spanish Order of Charles V, the perpetual protector of which is His Royal Highness Don Juan de Borbón y Battenberg, Count of Barcelona and paternal grandfather of the current king of Spain. This decoration is awarded to individuals who have contributed with their work to the enhancement of Spain’s image in the world.
After reviewing his curriculum vitae, the Council of the Order awarded this distinction for strengthening ties between Spain and America, initiated by Dr. José Manuel Saiz Álvarez in Peru in 1999, as part of the Spain-Latin America program for university professors of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and that continues today in Mexico from EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey".
The recognition took place during a solemn ceremony held in the Hall of the Kings in the Alcázar de Segovia (Spain), where Castilian kings of the Trastámara Dynasty (1369-1474) were invested and from where Isabella I of Castile departed to the Church of St Michael in Segovia to be crowned Queen of Castile.
During the investiture, Dr. Saiz received the enameled insignia of the Order with the two-headed eagle of the heraldic shield of Emperor Charles I of Spain and V of the Holy Roman Empire, the plaque of commander by number with a silver and gold starburst, and the navy blue band to symbolize the union between Spain and America.
“This honor is particularly significant since it was awarded for my academic and research work personally by His Serene Highness Don Enrique de Borbón y García-Lóbez, younger son of HSH Don Francisco de Borbón y Escasany, Duke of Seville and Grandee of Spain who, among other titles, is Commander by Number of the Order of Civil Merit and belongs to the second male line of the House of Bourbon, as a direct descendent of King Charles IV of Spain,” Dr. Saiz explained after the investiture ceremony.
In addition this distinction, Dr. Saiz Álvarez is also a member of other pre-nobility associations, as a knight (cross of merit) of the Noble Chapter of Ferdinand, the Royal Society of Knights of the Monastery of Yuste and the Order of Mary of Hungary (Belgium).