The University of Granada has once again been voted the top University in Spain and Europe by international students in the annual StudyPortals satisfaction survey. In the survey, conducted by the web platform STeXX, international students were asked to assess different aspects of academic and social life during their international mobility experiences (academic performance, research, teaching, location, culture, safety, cost, accommodation, etc.). The StudyPortals platform, designed with a view to encouraging students to share their study abroad experiences, is a global leader in the bid to help students search for, and choose, the best higher education courses in Europe.
The award was presented at the 28th Annual EIAE Conference and Exhibition, which took place in Liverpool from 13-16 September 2016 and included 5200 participants from over 80 countries. The European Association for International Education (EIAE) – a non-profit, member-led organization founded in 1989 – is the European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalization of higher education.
At the 28th Annual EIAE Conference, the ten Andalusian universities united under the slogan “Study in Andalusia”, offering information and expert advice on academic programmes available in the south of Spain. During the academic year 2016/2017 these ten universities will together offer a total of 415 programmes.
Over three days packed with conferences and events, 5200 education professionals and students explored current issues and the latest international trends in higher education. The main topics up for discussion were student recruitment, the Erasmus+ programme, employability, and institutional cooperation.
During the conference closing ceremony, the Regional Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance, Antonio Ramírez de Arellano, revealed that the next annual conference will be celebrated in Seville.
Ramírez de Arellano pointed out that celebrating the next EIAE conference in the Andalusian capital “will be a great opportunity to promote our ten universities”. He stressed that it would also serve to shed light on how these universities “not only train people, but also collaborate closely with their local environments in order to tackle the socio-economic challenges of our time”. He added: “This is a unique opportunity to promote the internationalization of higher education in Andalusia”.