Jaume I University
Universidad Jaume I
Agora and Library of Jaume I University
|Students||around 15,000 (in 2014)|
|Location||Castelló de la Plana, Spain|
Jaume I University (Spanish: Universidad Jaume I, Valencian: Universitat Jaume I, UJI; IPA: [univeɾsiˈtad ˈdʒawme pɾiˈmeɾ]) 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 who share a single campus. 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).
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.
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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