University of Vigo

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University of Vigo
Universidade de Vigo
Universidad de Vigo. Foto Miguel Angel Otero Soliño.JPG
Motto Innovadora, pública, de calidade
Type Public University
Established 1990
Rector Salustiano Mato
Administrative staff
Students 21,263 (2006)
Location Pontevedra, Ourense, Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Campus Multiple

The University of Vigo (Galician: Universidade de Vigo) is a public university located in the city of Vigo, Galicia, Spain. There are four campuses:

  • Campus of Vigo (center of city), in center of city of Vigo;
  • Campus of Vigo in Lagoas-Marcosende, between the municipalities of Vigo and Mos. Also known as CUVI (Ciudad universitaria de Vigo, University city of Vigo);
  • Campus of Pontevedria in A Xunqueira, Pontevedra;
  • Campus of Ourense in As Lagoas, Ourense.

Considered the most technical of the universities of Galicia, it offers engineer degrees in Mining, Telecommunications, Forestry Engineering, Computer Science and Industrial Engineering.

History of the University in Galicia[edit]

Political background[edit]

Following the introduction of the new Spanish Constitution of 1978 and the arrival of Democracy, the newly elected president of Spain, Felipe Gonzalez Marquez leader of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) introduced legislation from Madrid to transform the, until that date, centralized Spanish State, into an amalgamation of autonomic regions with different degrees of self Administration.

The north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula will be raised to the “Status” of Autonomic Region, and the Spanish Language will have to co-exist with the new official language: Galician.

A new Parliament and a new government have been created in Galicia for its people. And from the Galician Capital, Santiago de Compostela, the newly created Galician Parliament will bring new legislation for the autonomic community.

And it is in these states of affairs that the University Map in Galicia will be transformed.

From one university to many[edit]

To begin with, Galicia never had a University until 1495 when the University of Santiago de Compostela was created, and from that date onwards, Galicia had no other university until the early 1980s when two university campuses dependent from the University of Santiago de Compostela were created in A Coruña and Vigo.

Before that, the only institution which shared “Official Degree Studies” in Galicia was the “School of Naval and Industrial Engineers” of Ferrol, which was created by a Ministerial Order under the initiative of General Francisco Franco in the early 1960s. This School was directly dependent from the Ministry of Education in Madrid, although in 1992 it will be amalgamated to the University of A Coruña.

In the late 1980s, the two university campuses of A Coruña and Vigo, which were created as dependent of the University of Santiago de Compostela became fully independent Universities being able for the first time to issue their own official university degree titles.

From the 1990s to the present[edit]

A few years later, in the early 1990s Galicia has three universities, each of them with campuses of their own.

University of Santiago de Compostela – With two university campuses, one in Santiago de Compostela and the other in Lugo.

University of A Coruña – With two university campuses, one in A Coruña and the other in Ferrol.

University of Vigo – With three university campuses, one in Pontevedra, and the other two in Ourense and Vigo.

Campus of Vigo (Lagoas Marcosende, 15 kilometres away from Vigo) - CUVI[edit]

Campus of Vigo (downtown)[edit]

Campus of Pontevedra (downtown)[edit]

Campus of Ourense (downtown)[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


The University publishes the interdisciplinary journal of marine sciences Thalassas.

See also[edit]


Coordinates: 42°10′12″N 8°41′09″W / 42.1701°N 8.6859°W / 42.1701; -8.6859