University of Granada
|University of Granada|
|Latin: "Universitas Granatensis"|
|Rector||Francisco González Lodeiro|
|Affiliations||Coimbra Group, UNIMED|
The University of Granada (UGR) is a public university located in the city of Granada (Spain) that enrolls approximately 80,000 students, thereby becoming the fourth largest university in Spain. Founded in 1531 by Emperor Charles V, UGR also has campuses in Northern Africa (Ceuta and Melilla), thus being the only European university with campuses in two continents.
According to several rankings, the University of Granada ranks among top ten best Spanish universities and holds first place in translation and interpreting studies. UGR also plays a major role in scientific output, placing high in national ranks and being one of the best world universities in computing and mathematics studies. 
The university has an important heritage thanks to its policy of using buildings of historical and cultural value. The Madrasah of Granada represents one such example. Furthermore, the university has major new facilities committed to innovation, such as the Parque Tecnológico de Ciencias de la Salud.
Every year over 2,000 European students enroll in UGR through the Erasmus Programme, making it the most popular European destination. The university's Center for Modern Languages (CLM) receives over 10,000 international students each year. UGR also has been recently voted best Spanish university by international students.
In 1526 a college was founded in Granada by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V for the teaching of logic, philosophy, theology and canon law. On 14 July 1531, the establishment of a studium generale with the faculties of theology, arts and canon law was granted by a papal bull by Clement VII, marking the birth hour of the university.
Today the University of Granada is one of the most famous universities among Spanish students. As a result, Granada has become a city built around the University and student life.
Centres and Qualifications
UGR is composed of 5 Schools, 22 Faculties and 116 Departments responsible for teaching and researching into specific subject areas. They are spread over five different campuses in the city of Granada (Centro, Cartuja, Fuentenueva, Aynadamar and Ciencias de la Salud), plus two more campuses located in the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, Spanish territories in Northern Africa.
Centres located in Granada
- School of Building Engineering
- School of Architecture
- School of Civil Engineering
- School of Information Technology and Telecommunications
- Faculty of Fine Arts
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Sport Sciences
- Faculty of Economics and Business
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Political Science and Sociology
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Labour Studies
- Faculty of Communication and Documentation
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Pharmacy
- Faculty of Philosophyand Humanities
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Faculty of Psychology
- Faculty of Social Work
- Faculty of Translation and Interpreting
Campus located in Ceuta
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Education and Humanities
Campus located in Melilla
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Education, Economy and Technology
- Faculty of Nursing
The University of Granada also offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes (Master's Degrees, Doctorate Programmes and UGR's Postgraduate studies), made up of studies adapted to the European model.
School for Modern Languages
The UGR began admitting international students in 1992 with the founding of the School for Modern Languages (Centro de Lenguas Modernas). As of 2009-2010, there were some 5,000 international students, including Erasmus programme exchange students from the European Union. The CLM has agreements with 20 universities and study abroad organizations in the U.S. and in Canada in order to bring North Americans to the UGR, including the American Institute For Foreign Study, Arcadia University, International Studies Abroad and the University of Delaware.
- Nicolás Salmerón y Alonso, President of the First Spanish Republic
- Fernando de los Ríos Urruti, prominent politician during Second Spanish Republic
- Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, President of the Second Spanish Republic
- Blas Infante, prominent politician during Second Spanish Republic and father of Andalusian nationalism
- Federico García Lorca, man of letters from the Spanish Generation of '27
- Frederick Forsyth, British author.
- Juan Francisco Casas, Spanish artist.
- José de Salamanca, Marquis of Salamanca, Spanish businessman and politician.
- Francisco de Paula Martínez de la Rosa, Spanish statesman and dramatist.
- Joaquín Sabina, Famous poet, singer and composer
- Luis Lloréns Torres, Puerto Rican poet
- Antonio Muñoz Molina, writer and former director of Instituto Cervantes of New York
- Angel Ganivet, Spanish writer precursor to the Generation of '98 and ambassador in Helsinki.
- Pablo Heras-Casado, Spanish conductor.
Notes and references
- "http://www.ine.es/prensa/np712.pdf" (PDF). www.ine.es. Retrieved 2015-04-29.
- Jílek, Jubor (ed.): "Historical Compendium of European Universities/Répertoire Historique des Universités Européennes", Standing Conference of Rectors, Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of the European Universities (CRE), Geneva 1984, p. 160
- Frijhoff, Willem: "Patterns", in: Ridder-Symoens, Hilde de (ed.): A History of the University in Europe. Vol. 2: Universities in Early Modern Europe (1500–1800), Cambridge University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-521-36106-0, pp. 43–113 (80–89)
- Official site of the University of Granada
- Center of Modern Languages Site
- English language magazine for the region