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The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Spain's University of Salamanca (USAL) announced here Wednesday that they would commemorate the 500th anniversary of Hernan Cortes' arrival in Mexico in 2019 with a series of conferences and academic activities.

Agencia EFE and TV UNAM, the Mexican university's television station, will also participate by informing the public about the event through multimedia coverage intended for traditional and digital media as well as for social networks.

The agreement to carry out the commemoration was signed Wednesday at UNAM's Mexico City campus by USAL President Ricardo Rivero Ortega and his UNAM counterpart Enrique Graue Wiechers.

The agreement implies a strategic partnership to plan a "commemoration event marking 500 years of dialogue between cultures."

According to the agreement, the event will include a series of conferences, debates, exhibitions and other academic events "with the goal of carrying out a contemporary analysis of Spanish presence in Mexico."

The activities will address several crucial issues, including sustainable development, multiculturalism, panhispanism, universal and culturally specific human rights, language diversity, gender equality and equal opportunity.

The agreement between the two universities notes that Hernan Cortes' 1519 expedition led to profound geopolitical changes, both in the future New Spain as on the other side of the Atlantic.