Facts & figures

Facts & Figures 2016


Facts and figures

The University of Granada (UGR) was founded in 1531, succeeding the Madrasah founded in 1349 by Yusuf I, the Sultan of Granada. As such, it is considered one of the most important universities in the world in terms of its historical importance.

National and international ranking agencies collectively indicate that the UGR continues to make strides as a higher education institution, including it among the top 3% of universities worldwide. The Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which measures the research performance of higher education institutions across the globe, currently ranks the University of Granada as among the top 201-300 institutions in the world and 2nd in Spain (ARWU 2016).



The University of Granada in the 2016 ARWU International Rankings


To continue reading about the UGR in international research performance rankings please visit the Rankings section. You can also view a more comprehensive breakdown of the ARWU’s analysis of the UGR’s research performance by clicking on the following link: ARWU Analysis of the UGR 2016.

The UGR receives more incoming Erasmus+ students than any other European higher education institution. It also sends more Erasmus+ students abroad than any other European university. Additionally, the UGR is the leading Spanish institution in non-EU mobility exchanges, managing 1 in every 5 Erasmus+ student and staff exchanges in 2015-2016, in collaboration with higher education institutions from 22 non-EU countries.

In terms of student satisfaction, the University of Granada was awarded a score of 9+/10 (Award: Excellent) in the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2016, based on independent reviews by international students attending the University.

Moreover, in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme, the UGR obtained the Erasmus Gold Star award in 2007.

The University of Granada occupies the third place in the ranking of Spanish university Websites, carried out by Webometrics. This ranking takes into account both the quality of the information shown on the website and its dissemination.

According to comprehensive analyses carried out by RuSL, the UGR is also the second university in Spain from among 76 in terms of the promotion and release of free open-source software, 5th edition (2016)

Within the context of academic institutions, the UGR has the fastest internet connection in the world, operating at speeds of up to 160 Gigabits per second.


Teaching and research bodies  
Faculties 22
Technical Schools 4
Affiliated Centres 1
Total Faculties & Schools 27
Departments 123
Research Institutes 16
Research Centres 4
Undergraduate degrees  
Arts and Humanities 18
Social Sciences and Law 24
Sciences 12
Health Sciences 9
Technology, Engineering and Architecture 8
International Double Degrees 7
Total 75
Masters Programmes  
Arts and Humanities 20
Social Sciences and Law 31
Sciences 17
Health Sciences 21
Technology, Engineering and Architecture 14
Interdisciplinary 1
Total 104
of which are Erasmus Mundus Masters Programmes 3
of which are Double International Masters Programmes 7
of which are taught in English 2
of which are Bilingual Masters Programmes (English-Spanish) 5
of which are Double Masters Programmes 7
of which are Interdisciplinary Programmes 4
Doctoral Programmes  
Doctoral School for Health Sciences 6
Doctoral School for Humanities, Social Sciences and Law 11
Doctoral School for Science, Technology, and Engineering 10
Total 27
Unregulated courses (as of Sept 2016)  
Internal (non-official) Masters Programmes 36
Diploma Specialisations 16
Supplementary Courses 11
Total 63
Degree students Percentage Totals
Female 58.29% 28,624
Male 41.71% 20,479
Total   49,103
  Background Percentage
From Granada 22,441 45.70%
From other Spanish provinces 21,799 44.39%
From abroad 4,863 9.90%
Undergraduate student mobility  
Erasmus+ students (incoming)   1,914
Erasmus+ students (outgoing)   1,859
Total   3,773


Masters Students  
Total 4,471
Of whom are foreigners 643
Of whom are graduates from foreign universities 569
Of whom are graduates from Spanish universities other than the UGR 1,526


Doctoral Students  
Total 3619
Of whom are foreigners 1010
Of whom are graduates from foreign universities 737
Of whom are graduates from Spanish universities other than the UGR 812
Doctoral Theses  
Theses submitted between 01/10/2015 - 31/05/2016 675
Read theses 653
Theses which form part of international doctorates 147


Internal Programme Students  
Internal Masters students 595
Diploma students 854
MOOC students 11,473
Lifelong learning students 818
Summer course students 1,408
Language students (at Modern Languages Centre or CLM)  
Spanish as a foreign language department 3,744
Foreign languages department 2,065
Language students total 5,809
Administrative Staff  
Contracted Staff 1,139
Civil Servants 973
Temporary Staff 9
Total 2,121
Teaching and Research Staff by category  
Professors (Civil servants) 614
Lecturers (Civil servants) 1,430
Total 2,044
Contracted teaching and research staff 1,515
Total (civil servants + contracted) 3,559
Erasmus + 2015/2016
Higher education institutions in Europe with bilateral mobility agreements with the UGR 729
Total bilateral mobility agreements between higher education institutions in Europe and the UGR 2,143
Erasmus+ students (incoming) 1,914
Erasmus+ students (outgoing) 1,859
Erasmus + International Dimension 2015/2016
Higher education institutions in Europe with bilateral mobility agreements with the UGR 98
Total bilateral mobility agreements between higher education institutions in Europe and the UGR 166
Outgoing students from the UGR 4
Incoming students at the UGR 20
UGR Mobility Programme (Programa Propio) 2015/2016
Outgoing students from UGR (as of June 2016) 253
Incoming students at UGR (as of June 2016) 356
Total 609
CEI BioTic Doctoral Mobility Programme 2015/2016
Total outgoing mobility students 84
Erasmus Mundus Incoming Outgoing
Undergraduate students 24 25
Masters students 19 1
Doctoral Candidates 9 7
Totals 52 33
Independent Mobility Students (libre movilidad) 2015/2016
Incoming students received by the UGR 415
Outgoing students from the UGR 127
Research Projects Active Funding obtained
EU projects 43 (9%) €11,514,477
National R&D projects 353 (71%) €26,085,315
Andalusian Research Plan 99 (20%) €13,075,032
Total 495 €50,674,824
of which are EU FP7 projects 66  
of which are EU H2020 projects 25  
Teaching staff in civil service 2,044
Contracted teaching & research staff 1,515
Total 3,449
Research groups 365
Patents created between 2010-2014 107
Total Patents in force 230+
Spin-offs created between 2010-2014 47