University of the Balearic Islands
|University of the Balearic Islands|
|Universitat de les Illes Balears|
|Rector||Jaume Carot p.s.r.|
|Other students||Researchers and PhD Investigators: 1,029 (2003–2004)|
|Location||Palma, Balearic Islands, Spain|
|Campus||One rural campus; in addition can be counted two extra buildings (Edifici Sa Riera and Can Oleo) that are situated in the center of Palma and the university extensions of Ibiza and Alaior (Minorca) for those who chose to study there.|
|Former names||University of Palma|
The University of the Balearic Islands (Catalan: Universitat de les Illes Balears, UIB; IPA: [univərsiˈtad də ɫəz ˈiʎəz βəɫəˈas]; Spanish: Universidad de las Islas Baleares) is a Balearic Spanish university, founded in 1978 and located in Palma on the island of Majorca.
To find the origins of the establishment of the University in the Balearic Islands, we have to refer to the year 1483, the year in which King Ferran II authorized the founding of the General Lulian Study (from Ramon Llull) in the city of Majorca, the first real college on the Balearic Islands. This Centre was operational until 1835, when, after intense debate between the Spanish government and society Majorcan finally got abolished. Since that time, all pupils in the Balearic Islands who wanted to continue higher education had to move up Cervera first and then to Barcelona.
The Balearic Islands had no institution dedicated to teaching higher until 1949 when he returned to found the General Lulian Study under the auspices of the University of Barcelona, which for a time offered courses in philosophy and philology recognized by the University of Barcelona. In 1972 the first two modern sections for the science (depending on the Autonomous University of Barcelona) and the arts (attached to the University of Barcelona). These new centres settled in Son Malferit and in the old school of the Paüls, both in Palma, with the law school at Edifici Sa Riera added later. In 1978 these schools segregated from their respective universities and created, along with the Normal School the University of Palma.
In 1983 began work on a new campus on the road from Valldemossa, in the municipality of Palma. This decision was not without controversy, some preferring the new campus to be in Palma, in Polígon concret de Llevant, close to the original location of the Faculty of Sciences. In 1993 campus located in Palma opened with at Ibiza and Alaior (Minorca).
In 1985 the name changed to the current University of the Balearic Islands. In 1990 the Official School of Tourism was added, the Faculty of Education in 1992 with the School of Psychology and the Polytechnic School coming in 2000.
Since 1996 the University has been dependant on the government of the Balearic Islands.
- Antoni Roig Muntaner: 1979-1981 (Professor of Physical Chemistry)
- Antoni Ribera i Blancafort: 1981-1982
- Nadal Batle i Nicolau: 1982-1995
- Llorenç Huguet: 1995-2003
- Avel·lí Blasco: 2003-2007 (Professor of Administrative Law)
- Montserrat Casas Ametller: 2007-2013 (Professor of Atomic, Molecular and Nuclear Physics)
- Jaume Carot: 2013
The first Palma de Mallorca Metro subway line linking the city of Palma with the university campus. This line was inaugurated on April 25, 2007, although the floods of August 27 and September 23 of the same year advised its closure until technicians solve the structural problems.
Faculties and studies
- Faculty of Philosophy. Studies: philosophy, English philology, Catalan philology, Hispanic philology, geography, history, art history and social work.
- School of Science. Studies biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, technical agricultural engineering, specialty hortofructiculture and gardening.
- Faculty of Law. Law studies.
- Faculty of Education. Studies teaching (all specialties), social education, education and psychopedagogy.
- Faculty of Economic and Business. Studies administration and business management and economics.
- School of Psychology. Studies psychology.
- Polytechnic School. Studies technical architecture, computer engineering, technical engineering computer systems, technical engineering computing management, technical engineering telecommunication, specialty telematics, industrial technical engineering, specialty industrial electronics and math.
- University School of Business. Studies business science.
- University School of Nursing and Physiotherapy. Studies physiology and nursing.
- University School of Tourism. Studies tourism.
All these powers and University Schools are divided into departments with their own autonomy, in turn, are divided into areas. All powers are headed by a Dean and the Department by a Director. Apart, the campus is the headquarter of the Institute of Educational Sciences (dedicated to the training of teachers) and Cultural Activities Service, which organizes the Open University. We can also find the campus as a student residence (Building Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel) and a dining room (currently unavailable).
The UIB also has University Schools Adscritas, private establishments offering university degrees recognized by the University of the Balearic Islands (and, therefore, valid to all Spain). Currently, the University Schools Adscritas of UIB are:
- University School Alberta Gimenez. Studies teaching (all specialties), Communications and journalism.
- University School of Industrial Relations. Studies industrial relations.
- University School of Tourism's Island Council of Ibiza and Formentera. Studies tourism.
- University School of Tourism Felipe Moreno. Studies tourism.
Despite all the faculties and administrative facilities installed at campus Palma, this still is not considered finished. The last building to be inaugurated, in 2004, was Block Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, the current headquarters of the powers of Economy and Law. The buildings to complete are the Central Library, a Chapel Multiconfessional and the adequacy of the parking areas. Work is currently under way for the recovery of ancient natural areas ("nuthatches") to the campus, which will serve as a study by the students of biology and as a green zone for the entire campus. It has also been proposed to reform and expand the building Ramon Llull, the union of the two buildings of the Faculty of Sciences (Mateu Orfila and Guillem Colom Casasnovas) and the construction of a new building multi edge for the new access road Ma-1110, to be called Block Beatriu of Pinós II.
In 2006 there were over 13,000 students studying at the university.
Students exchange programmes
The UIB belongs to the Network of Universities Institute Joan Lluis Vives and Grupo9. It has also signed cooperation agreements with most Spanish universities and research centers in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. Furthermore, United Kingdom and United States students might be able to study at this University with the International Students Exchange Program that lets foreign students come to the UIB.
- Francesc de Borja Moll, philologist.
- Camilo José Cela Conde, son of Camilo José Cela, writer and professor of Philosophy of Law, Moral and Policy.
- Antumi Toasijé, Historian of African descent.
- Cristòfol Soler Cladera, former president of the Government of the Balearic Islands.
- Francesc Antich Oliver, former president of the Government of the Balearic Islands.