The University of Granada is a public university situated in the historical city of Granada, which lies just 35km from the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range and 65km from the tropical Mediterranean coast. The University was officially founded by the Emperor Charles V in the year 1531, and built on a centuries-old teaching tradition dating back to the madrasahs of the Nasrid dynasty of Granada. Accordingly, it is one of the most significant universities in Europe in terms of its historical importance.
Since its founding, the UGR has expanded on a par with the city, with its faculties and schools distributed throughout the metropolitan area. Five of the UGR’s seven campuses are spread out across the city of Granada, giving it an unmistakable university atmosphere. Meanwhile, the University’s campuses in the North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla make it one of the few genuinely intercontinental universities in the world. It also maintains strong historical ties with institutions and universities in Latin American, leaving it perfectly placed to fulfil the role of a bridge between Europe and Latin America on the one hand, and between Europe and North Africa on the other.
As well as working constantly to enrich the city culturally, the UGR is fully committed to its policy of recovering, restoring and conserving buildings of historical worth in the city. “La Madraza” (1349), the “Hospital Real” (home to the UGR’s Rectorate) and the Faculties of Law, Translation and Interpreting, and Communication and Documentation are all housed in spectacular buildings of considerable historical significance. Indeed, given its increasingly influential role in the life of Granada over the past 500 years, the University has come to define the city architecturally, culturally and economically.
Approximately 75,000 individuals – students, researchers, lecturers, and administrative and support staff – are directly linked to the UGR, making it the 4th largest university in Spain. This university community has turned Granada, with its 250,000 inhabitants, into a vibrant and cosmopolitan city.
Every year, an additional 8,000 students enrol on non-regulated, language, continuous learning and summer courses, alongside approximately 60,000 students who complete online courses with our University, reflecting the vast scope of the UGR’s influence in the higher education sector.
A high-ranking university
The UGR is widely recognized internationally for its quality in higher education, teaching, research and outreach. National and international rankings reflect the UGR’s position among the top universities in Spain and among the best in the world.
In 2017, the University of Granada has further consolidated this dominant position – taking 268th place in the world and 2nd in Spain in the recently published Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2017). The UGR is second only to the University of Barcelona in the ARWU, outperforming – for the second year running – other important Spanish institutions such as the Complutense University of Madrid, the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Valencia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Particularly noteworthy are the UGR’s achievements in the subjects of Food Science & Technology (30th worldwide) and Computer Science & Engineering (33rd worldwide). Moreover, our University is ranked among the top 151-200 global institutions in the subjects of Electronical Engineering, and Instruments Science, as well as among the top 201-300 universities in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, and Agricultural Sciences. Given this exceptional performance in the prestigious ARWU, the academic year 2017-2018 promises to be another momentous era for our Institution.
The state-of-the-art Health Sciences Technology Park, which houses the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, offers a cutting-edge combination of teaching, research, healthcare and knowledge transfer, and is a significant example of the University’s commitment to innovation, as well as to promoting local and global partnerships with the public and the private sectors.
This year also saw the founding of four new University spin-offs; bringing the total number to 78. These spin-offs are pivotal in guaranteeing effective knowledge transfer processes from our University, ensuring that research findings are successfully exploited and turned into innovative new services and products.
An extensive range of programmes
This year, over 46,000 undergraduate students will be enrolled on our 89 bachelor’s degrees at the UGR, with an further 5000+ students set to enrol on our master’s degrees. Additionally, the UGR has further increased the scope of its postgraduate offerings for the academic year 2017-2018, which now include 110 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes. Consequently, we currently offer one of the most extensive and diverse ranges of higher education programmes in Spain.
An international and multicultural university
Over the coming academic year 2017-2018, the UGR will maintain its position as the most popular destination among European exchange students (Erasmus+). For over a decade, our University has consistently received more incoming international students than any other European institution. We also continue to send more students abroad on Erasmus exchange programmes than any other European university. Over the course of the current academic year, 2600 new exchange students from over 70 countries will complete studies at the UGR, thanks to the diverse range of mobility programmes on offer at our Institution. Collectively, the UGR participates in more than 740+ international bilateral and multilateral exchange agreements with institutions around the world.
Furthermore, approximately 10% of those enrolled on programmes at the UGR are international students. They also have the opportunity to learn Spanish and other languages alongside the 10,000 local and international students who enrol each year in courses offered by the UGR’s Modern Languages Centre, Confucius Institute (Chinese), “Russkiy Mir” Russian Centre and “al-Babtain” Chair in Arab Studies.
We are a founding member of the international Coimbra Group, an association of European universities at the forefront of higher education. We are also a member of a vast array of other prestigious international networks, such as the European University Association (EUA), the Iberoamerican University Association for Postgraduate Studies (AUIP), the International Association of Universities (IAU), the European Association for International Education (EAIA), and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), to mention just a few.
As regards knowledge transfer initiatives, the academic year 2016-2017 also saw the founding of four new University spin-offs; bringing the total number to 78. These spin-offs are pivotal in guaranteeing effective knowledge transfer processes from our University, ensuring that research findings are successfully exploited and turned into innovative new services and products.
Regarding internationalization initiatives, over the coming academic year 2017-2018, the UGR will maintain its position as the most popular destination among European exchange students (Erasmus+). For over a decade, our Institution has consistently received more incoming international students than any other European institution. We also continue to send more students abroad on Erasmus exchange programmes than any other European university. Over the course of the current academic year, 2600 new international students from over 70 countries will complete studies at the UGR, thanks to the diverse range of mobility programmes on offer at our Institution. As of September 2017, 1800 of these international students have already begun their studies at the UGR, while the remainder will join our University community in February 2018; figures which reinforce our international reputation as a welcoming and cosmopolitan study destination.