Jaume I University

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The Universitat Jaume I (Spanish: Universidad Jaume I, Valencian: Universitat Jaume I, UJI; IPA: [univeɾsiˈtat ˈdʒawme priˈmeɾ]) is a university in the city of Castelló de la Plana, Spain. It was founded in 1991, and in 2014 there were approximately 15,000 students enrolled. It is named after Jaume I, the king who founded the Kingdom of Valencia.

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The Universitat Jaume I is currently the leading higher education and research centre in the north of the Valencian Community and it is continually seeking to enhance the social, economic and cultural development of the society in which it is immersed through the creation and transmission of knowledge. In this sense UJI has always wanted to play an active role, as shown by initiatives such as the opening of new off-campus offices in the different areas throughout the province of Castelló, its extramural activities, or its collaboration with the UJI Alumni and Friends Society (SAUJI).

Universitat Jaume I has consolidated itself as a dynamic and enterprising university. There are currently 31 degree and diploma courses available to about 15 000 students. Its new and attractive single campus, which is well linked with the town of Castelló, helps to maintain this policy by encouraging closer human relationships.

At the UJI, approximately 15 000 students share a single campus, a number that makes it a close-knit University but not an overcrowded one, thus allowing students to enjoy personalised attention at all times. The campus, covering 176 000 m2, has 4 faculties and many research and management buildings articulated around a central 13 000 m2 garden, called the Jardí dels Sentits (the garden of the senses).

The campus is equipped with the most up-to-date academic, research, cultural and social facilities so as to provide the University’s students with an enriching experience. It is a green, sustainable campus that promotes the use of renewable energies, with recycling points facilitating the recovery of materials.

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Castelló is a modern town that is both typically Mediterranean and at the same time very European. It is well connected by road and rail to other important towns and cities around Spain and Europe. And thanks to the nearby airport in Valencia, flying to other parts of Spain or Europe is no problem either.

In recent years many low-cost airlines have started to operate in Spain. The establishment of this kind of company makes it possible to travel to different Spanish and European capitals at low prices. This allows foreign students to discover Spain and Europe without spending a lot of money. This is particularly the case in Castelló, where the cost of living is considerably lower than in bigger cities, and from where nearby Valencia can be reached within an hour in order to take one of the many flights from its airport.

Universitat Jaume I has a wide network of international contacts made up of about 145 university-partners in Europe, the United States and Latin America, which has given rise to exchange programmes between students and between members of the academic staff, as well as educational and research projects.

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Universitat Jaume I participates in all the international programmes implemented throughout the European Union, such as Socrates-Erasmus, Leonardo, Tempus and Alfa, and also those organized by the Spanish government, including the Interuniversity Cooperation Programme. The University is open to new schemes that help enhance the quality of the teaching and the research carried out here. Some of the more noteworthy initiatives related to teaching include the UNESCO Chairon the Philosophy of Peace, the Jean Monnet Chair of Law and European Economics Module, the EURINSA and EURUJI programmes for the training of engineers in Europe and, finally, the programme of master's degrees in Latin America, among many other initiatives.

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According to the 2014 edition of the I-UGR ranking table, Chemistry, Business Studies and Material Sciences are the UJI's strongest areas in terms of research; Juan Bisquert, Professor of Applied Physics, is among the world's 3000 most cited researchers, according to the 2014 Highly Cited Researchers ranking. Within Spain, the UJI ranks 32nd in the annual league table published by Spanish newspaper El Mundo and 20th according to Ranking Web of Universities.

Despite some efforts to improve its international research profile, according to most ranking tables the UJI is not among the world's top 500 universities. Thus, in 2015 the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked it 794th for publications, and it does not appear in the Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), which lists the world's top 500 universities. One of the reasons for the university's lack of high-quality research output is its failure to attract top researchers from abroad, as permanent positions are only open to candidates holding a Spanish accreditation certificate, and furthermore it is a prerequisite, for these positions, to be proficient in Catalan.

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Coordinates: 39°59′40″N 0°04′08″W / 39.99444°N 0.06889°W / 39.99444; -0.06889