The University of Granada (UGR) is an institution that is open to the world in every aspect: studies, teaching, research, university management and co-operation. The UGR has a long tradition of international academic collaboration, which, today, has become a firm conviction to go even further into every area of internationalization, forming part of any initiative that will enhance the UGR’s international standing.
In fact, the UGR is one of Europe’s top-ranking international universities, coming first in many international mobility statistics. Every year, the UGR offers over 4,000 international mobility places for undergraduate and postgraduate studies through the different programmes launched during the academic year: mainly LLP/Erasmus, UGR Exchange Programme and Erasmus Mundus (without forgetting our specific training and summer courses). All these initiatives place the UGR at the head of Europe as regards student mobility. Not in vain, we are the HE institution that most Erasmus students receives (over 2,150) and sends (more than 2,100) in Europe, and we were awarded the Erasmus Gold Star in 2007.
Our university is also extremely present and strongly active in numerous international networks and associations, which is another fundamental element of our policy in support of internationalization, thus increasing our international visibility and improving our prestige. To mention just one example, in 2010 the UGR took over the presidency of two important networks; one of them European and the other South-American: the Coimbra Group of Universities, which includes over 40 of Europe’s most prestigious universities (Oxford, Aarhus, Heidelberg, Poitiers, Bologna, Coimbra, Krakow, Geneva, etc.) and the South-American University Association for Postgraduate Studies (AUIP), which is a UNESCO-recognised non-governmental international organisation, whose aim is to promote postgraduate and doctoral studies in Latin-America.
The University of Granada, which, at the risk of repeating ourselves, has a long tradition and great experience in implementing and co-ordinating international academic co-operation projects, opens new windows to the world every year, in order to reinforce its international presence, thus further strengthening its leadership among those European universities with the largest number of international projects (Erasmus Mundus, LLP/Erasmus, Tempus, Alfa, PCI, PIMA, PEACE, etc.). In fact, the UGR is one of the European institutions that receives most external financing for the mobility and exchange of students, teaching staff and administration and services staff with non-European countries.
The privileged situation of Granada, both geographically and culturally, has meant that its university has, over hundreds of years, built up its vocation for co-operation, principally with South-America and Northern Africa. International Co-operation and development aid are one of the UGR’s prime obligations, collaborating with public and private institutions in service provision and satisfying the most basic needs of the inhabitants in the northern part of Africa and in Latin-America. The UGR is involved in numerous aspects concerning development education, international project volunteering and awareness-building of the whole UGR community. Part of the aforementioned programmes are clearly geared towards international development co-operation, but the UGR’s commitment stretches beyond that and is channeled through the university’s Centre for Development Co-operation Initiatives (CICODE), set up with the intention of contributing to the development of those countries and social sectors most in need of support.
The Vice-Rector’s Office for International Relations and Development Co-operation is responsable for planning, managing and co-ordinating the UGR’s international relations programmes, for promoting, disseminating and running its international academic co-operation initiatives, and for setting up and co-ordinating the university’s internationalization and co-operation programmes. To handle all these activities, the Vice-Rector’s Office is in charge of the International Relations and Co-operation Office (ORIC) and the Centre for Development Co-operation Initiatives (CICODE).
Below you have links to take you to the different activities the ORIC/CICODE are involved in: