“The gesture is very simple: I must decorate President Jorge Sampaio. It’s hard because he has almost all decorations of the country, but it must be – yes of course - because it’s a way of saying thank you. We admire, we love you, but we trust. Your’re there and you’ll be there working together with all those institutions and people for peace, for solidarity, for social justice, for knowledge, for science, for culture, for the future”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic
"I am most pleased, honoured and humbled to receive this award for the work accomplished by the Global Platform for Syrian Students over the past 5 years."