Universidade de Vigo

The Universidade de Vigo is a young public academic institution officially founded in 1990 which has managed to consolidate itself in time as a reference of modernity and innovation in Galicia. It has three main objectives: to provide higher education services with high quality rates and oriented to promote work placements among its students, giving priority to internationalisation; to promote a basic and applied research through competitive research groups at an international level; and to transfer its knowledge and scientific advances to the society in order to foster an intelligent, sustainable and integrating growth of all its surrounding territory.

The Universidade de Vigo is organised in three Campuses, placed in three different cities, Vigo, Pontevedra and Ourense- all of them in the South of Galicia, Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It has around 21,000 students in 39 degrees, 74 postgraduates and 42 PhD programmes. Our institution leads a Campus of International Excellence, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2010, a Campus of the Sea which gathers the teaching and researching efforts of seven public universities in Galicia and North of Portugal, as well as those of two national research organisms. As regards its scientific production, the Universidade de Vigo has been ranked 15th on the list of Spanish universities. On the last Shanghai Ranking it is on the top 500, ranking between the 400th and 500th, being this the first year it reaches that position. Its internationalisation aim makes the Universidade de Vigo the Galician university offering more student exchanges, and receiving and sending the greatest number of students with Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, ISEP (USA) and bilateral programmes with third country institutions. Courses regarding the European Integration process at the UVIGO are present at all educative levels of the institution, thanks to the support over the years of the different Government teams and its professors, with 11 Jean Monnet modules (two of which are active), one Jean Monnet Chair, one Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair (active) and one Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (active). The UVIGO has a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence starting in 2006, specialised in cross-border cooperation coordinated by Prof. Luis Domínguez Castro, who has obtained an outstanding international projection in this field and is also responsible for a Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair, with the aim is of training staff specialised in territorial cooperation, contributing to the European construction through territorial cohesion and spreading the history of the European construction.

In its three campuses at Ourense, Pontevedra and Vigo, our institution offers degree programs in the fields of engineering, science, humanities, techonology and legal-social studies. These are distributed among nearly thirty centres where research groups also carry out their R&D activitites. A network of own centres completes the research infrastructure map of the Universidade de Vigo.

In order to provide a response to the demands of the society for comprehensive training of professionals, the three campuses of the Universidade de Vigo have infrastructures that are exclusively destined for leisure activities, and these include swimming pools, sports pavilions, theatres and exhibition halls. It also promotes and facilitates student mobility, having achieved number one status in Galicia with regard to the number of incoming foreign students and number of outgoing students to foreign universities.

Modern, audacious and plural, the Universidade de Vigo’s principal assets are its people. Our web page http://www.uvigo.es is designed so that people can get to know us not only from issues related to teaching and research, but also to learn about our firm commitment to comprehensive training and about the vocation we place at the service of society.

The general objectives of the University de Vigo concerning internationalisation are to promote the exchange of professors, researchers, students and administrative staff, and prepare them for the global labour market; to gain recognition in the international education market, establishing estrategical partnerships especially with Latin America and the Meditarranean countries, and internationalising the teaching and research; to promote innovative international projects within a framework of multilateral and cross-border coooperation and to attract and retain the best, for example by participating in the Erasmus Mundus program.

Areas of excellence:

Marine Sciences, Material Sciences, Chemistry, Agriculture and Biology, Biotechnology, Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Industrial Electronic Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering & Computer Science, Tourism, Social Work, Economics and Business Administration and Management, Languages and International Relations.

Availability of language courses for foreign students or researchers:

The Language Center at the UVIGO provides a broad range of Spanish and international language courses specifically adapted to its visiting students and researchers (cdl.uvigo.es)

Availability of housing facilities for foreign students or researchers:

The Universidade de Vigo owns an on-campus student residence. The International Relations Office provides assistance in finding accommodation in private apartments to all visiting students and researches with a network of more than 400 flats. As a general rule, a suitable accommodation is found in less than two days.

Average number of undergraduates annually: 19000

Average number of Master and PhD graduates annually:

2000 Master’s students ; 1500 PhD students (1400 Master’s graduates, 100 PhD graduates)

Average number of post-docs annually: 110

Academic and innovative productivity in the areas of excellence:

Scientific Production Normalized Impact, position in Spanish Universities (Informe CyD -

Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo): Material Science: 1st; Computer Science: 2nd ;

Agriculture and Biology: 4th

Infrastructure available:

State-of-the-art laboratories in all areas of study, sport facilities (olympic pool, courts,

gym, ...), university libraries, student associations, cafeterias, on-campus commercial area

(banks, bookstore, convenience shops, ...), etc.

Academic Calendar:

The academic year 2012-2013 starts on 3 September 2011 and ends on 21st December 2012 (first semester) and 7th May 2013 (second semester). The academic activity is divided in two semesters.

There are several holiday periods:

• Christmas time: 22/12/12 – 7/1/13

• Carnival break: 11/2/3 – 12/2/13

• Easter time: 25/03/13 – 30/03/13

Current standing on educational or private sector rankings:

TOP 500 ARWU Shangai Ranking 2011 (7 – 11 Spanish universities); TOP 500 Leiden Rankings

2010; Scimago Institutions Rankings SIR World Report 2011: Scientific Production (output):

17th Spanish Universities, Scientific Production/Professors.: 11th Spanish Universities;

Scimago Institutions Rankings SIR Iberoamerican Report 2011: Universidade de Vigo is in the

TOP 50 Iberoamerican Universities

Prizes and Certificates of Excellence: International Excellence Campus “Campus do Mar” (www.campusdomar.es)

Universidade de Vigo wants to be an Open university connected to its environment and socially valued. Moreover, and following the EU communication ‘Supporting Growth and jobs’, our higher education institution wants as coordinator and main responsible for this Erasmus Mundus project to boost the number of undergraduate, and postgraduate students, to help improve the quality of education, training students/teachers/staff who can work to make our economies and societies emerge stronger from the crisis and to contribute to international cooperation with the Mediterranean countries.