University of Cádiz

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University of Cádiz
Universidad de Cádiz
MottoNon Plus Ultra (Latin)
Motto in English
No Further Beyond
RectorEduardo González Mazo
Puerto Real
Jerez de la Frontera
Telephone(+34) 956 01 53 50

The University of Cádiz (in Spanish: Universidad de Cádiz), commonly referred to as UCA, is a public university located in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain, noted for its medicine and marine sciences curricula. It was founded in 1979,[1][2] and has the Latin motto Non Plus Ultra ("No Further Beyond"). Its headquarters are located in Cádiz, where the Rectorate is. During the 2007/2008 academic year, there were 17,280 students,[3] 1698 lecturers, and 680 administration and services workers associated with the university.


Casa de los 5 Gremios, today the University Main Building

The University's origins lie in the 15th century with the "Colegio de Pilotos de los Mares de Levante y Poniente".

Its Faculty of Medicine traces its founding to the Royal Naval College of Surgery in 1748, which was the first in Europe to combine medicine and surgery in a single school.

The modern University of Cádiz was founded on October 30, 1979, with an inaugural session "Cajal, análisis literario de un carácter" about Ramón y Cajal[4] and the first rector election was conducted in 1984.

In March 1984, the Gold Medal was awarded to Juan Carlos I of Spain. In May 1985, Rafael Alberti and Antonio Domínguez Ortiz were invested Doctor Honoris Causa. In this year, the rectorate is relocated to the current building, Casa de los Cinco Gremios. University bylaws and statutes were approved in February 1986.

In 1992, Centro Andaluz Superior de Estudios Marinos was inaugurated in Campus of Puerto Real.

Since 2003, UCA has promoted new technologies for learning-related purposes, first with WebCT virtual campus and then Moodle (free software).

In 2009, the recently created "General Inspection of Exceptional Services" begun to make decisions which were severely reprobed by some intellectual authors, for it allows authorities the use of official means in order to arbitrarily punish teaching staff.


In addition to the principal campus in Cádiz, the university has three satellite campuses:

Schools within the university[edit]

Some schools within the university are:

  • University School of Modern Languages ("[1]")
  • University School of Health ("Salus Infirmorum") at Cádiz
  • University School of Engineering at Puerto Real
  • University School of Labor Relations at Jerez de la Frontera
  • University School of Legal and Economic Studies ("Tomás y Valiente") at Algeciras
  • University Center for Advanced Studies at Algeciras
  • University School of Labor Relations at Algeciras
  • University School of Pedagogy ("Virgen de Europa") at La Línea de la Concepción

University rectors[edit]

Diego Sales Márquez, rector from 2003 to 2011

University rectors in UCA history:

  • October, 1979 – February, 1984: Felipe Garrido
  • February, 1984 – June, 1986: Mariano Peñalver Simó
  • September, 1986 – January, 1995: José Luis Romero Palanco. Reelected in November, 1990.
  • January, 1995 – April, 2003: Guillermo Martínez Massanet. Reelected in February, 1999.
  • May, 2003 – July, 2011: Diego Sales Márquez. Reelected in May, 2007.
  • July, 2011 – 2019: Eduardo González Mazo.
  • July, 2019 – present : Francisco Piniella Corbachoю

Free software and supercomputing[edit]

One of the first free software offices in Spain was founded at this university, Libre Software and Open Knowledge Office (OSLUCA).[5][6] This office has set up some free software conferences (2004: I, 2005: II, 2006: III y 2009: IV), and the FLOSS International Conference[dead link].

UCA provides a supercomputer for research purposes since 2007. It is a cluster of 80 computers, each with 4 processing cores (finally 320 cores) and 640 GB RAM, designed for a peak performance of 3.8 TFLOPS.[7] The supercomputer uses SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 as operating system.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Some notable alumni from UCA:[9]

Honoris Causa[edit]

Honorary doctoral degrees from University of Cádiz:[10]


The university participates in the ERASMUS programme, a partnership for student exchanges in Europe. It maintains relations with many universities on all continents.

Partnership Universities[edit]

Universities that have an exchange programme with the University of Cádiz include:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Universidad de Cádiz. "Universidad de Cádiz". Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ a b Universidad de Cádiz. "Universidad de Cádiz". Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ a b UCA, today Archived 2009-04-01 at the Wayback Machine – 2008 statistics
  4. ^ Universidad de Cádiz. "Universidad de Cádiz". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ Declaración de apoyo al software libre (Boletín oficial de la UCA n.º 9). Creación de la Libre Software and Open Knowledge Office (OSLUCA)
  6. ^ "La Universidad de C谩diz presenta la primera Oficina de Software Libre de Andaluc铆a". Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  7. ^ "Supercomputación en la UCA". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  8. ^ Documentación Archived 2009-12-14 at the Wayback Machine sobre supercomputación en la UCA
  9. ^ Universidad de Cádiz. "Universidad de Cádiz". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ Honoris Causa Archived 2009-07-20 at the Wayback Machine – Universidad de Cádiz
  11. ^ "Distinguidos birretes". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Paco de Lucía Doctor Honoris Causa". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Todo un honor para el pueblo gitano". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Takashi Asano será investido Doctor Honoris Causa el jueves". Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  15. ^ a b "La UCA inviste Doctores Honoris Causa a dos líderes del mundo..." Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  16. ^ La Universidad de Cádiz celebra la sesión ordinaria de Claustro en

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Coordinates: 36°32′02″N 6°17′53″E / 36.5338°N 6.2980°E / 36.5338; 6.2980