“Manuel Ayau’s great accomplishment, Universidad Francisco
Marroquín, is one of the institutions that has most successfully
defended the cause of freedom on the American continent.
It is truly a model for other countries.”

Carlos Alberto Montaner, Cuba
Journalist and political analyst

Brief Biography
In 1959, scholar, educator, and entrepreneur Manuel F. Ayau founded the Center for Economic and Social Sciences (CEES), a classical liberal think tank which eventually led to the establishment of ... Read more

Contribution to Individual Liberty
Manuel Ayau’s contribution to human liberty has been as an “entrepreneur of ideas,” both as a master synthesizer and communicator of classical liberal thought through his writings, and as founder... Read more

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Videos of Manuel F. Ayau

How UFM Came To Be
Muso discusses liberalism, why studying economics is important, and the challenges UFM faced in its early years (Spanish).

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Inspiring Messages and
Memorable Anecdotes

  • I grieve for the loss of a great champion of liberty, a visionary I admired immensely. I salute him for the role he played in the founding of Universidad Francisco Marroquin, enriching the lives of many young people, and all that came in contact with him. A great man has passed our way and touched our lives and we are the better for it.
    Eustace Davie , Johannesburg South Africa Free Market Foundation Friend
  • When in Guatemala for the 2006 MPS meeting, I had the extraordinary privilege of being taken on a private tour of UFM by Muso. Every place on the university campus had a story and a message that he conveyed with a charm and with a significance, moral and human, that were simply breathtaking. His joy at the library of liberty to which students now had access; his warm recollection of seemingly every student---past and present; and, above all else, his boundless and profound enthusiasm---one should say love---for a free and voluntary society of human liberty and enterprise made the deepest imaginable impression on me. He radiated confidence in what human beings, thinking and living coherently, could be and do. He was truly singular, and the world is a poorer place without him.
    Alan Charles Kors, USA University of Pennsylvania
  • I just recently learned of Muso's passing. He was a good friend and a wonderful teacher for me. When I lived in Miami, he let me teach economics classes at Francisco Marroquin. He always lent a hand both with my Spanish and my analyses. I have one anecdote to share with all of his family and friends. Once, two economics experts from the U.S. Agency for International Aid came to the university. Muso asked me to meet with them and with some other faculty members. We all politely listened to their views on how they were going to "save" Latin America. Muso then proceeded to destroy all of their arguments! Muso was a giant among intellectual giants. I never once heard him utter an incorrect analysis about anything. I will miss him greatly for he was a great man. Rogelio
    Roger Miller, Paris and Sun Valley, Idaho France and United States He was my mentor!
  • His legacy for liberty, in part through the nurturing of UFM and activities with Liberty Fund and the Mont Pelerin Society, leaves an important impact on the lives and unfolding opportunities for many people. He led a principled life that touched many people in many ways that have borne fruit, and will continue to be fruitful.
    David Gay, Fayetteville USA University of Arkansas An admirer

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