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University of Valencia

University of Valencia
Universitat de València
Established 1499
Type Public
President Esteban Morcillo Sánchez
Academic staff 3,300
Undergraduates 45,000
Postgraduates 8,000
Location Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain
Campus Urban
The University of Valencia's Historic Building

The University of Valencia (Valencian: Universitat de València ; also known by the acronym UV) is a university located in the Spanish city of Valencia. It is one of the oldest surviving universities in Spain, and the oldest in the Valencian Community, and is regarded as one of Spain's leading academic institutions. The University was founded in 1499, and currently has around 55,000 students. Most of the courses are given through the medium of Spanish, but the university has promised to increase the amount of courses available in Valencian. Moreover, in some degrees part of the teaching is in English.

It is located in the Mediterranean Spanish baseline, in the city of Valencia which is the capital and most populous city of the autonomous community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, with a population of 810,064 in 2008. One of its campuses is located in the metropolitan area of Valencia, in the municipalities of Burjassot and Paterna. There are three campuses:

  • The Burjassot Campus houses the colleges of Biology, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and the School of Engineering.
  • On the Blasco Ibañez Campus the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Philosophy and Educational Sciences, Psychology, Geography and History, Languages, Physical Education, Physiotherapy and Nursing.
  • The third campus, Tarongers, houses the Schools of Law, Economics and Business, Social Sciences, and recently the School of Elementary Teacher Training, which moved from its previous location near the Blasco Ibañez Campus.

The University is committed to keeping and establishing links with universities world-wide, either through bilateral agreements or by taking part in international programmes and networks. Thanks to international exchanges, students from different nationalities and cultures live and work together at the Universitat de València.

The Strategic Plan of the University of Valencia 2008-2011 is oriented towards excellence in teaching, research and cultural diffusion to society.

The current chancellor is Esteban Morcillo Sánchez.


At the request of Jaime I the Conqueror, Pope Innocent IV in 1246, authorized by a Bull the establishment of estudis generals in Valencia. The University Statutes were passed by the municipal magistrates of Valencia on April 30, 1499; this is considered to be the 'founding' of the University. In 1501, Pope Alexander VI signed the bill of approval and one year later Fernando II "el Católico" proclaimed the Royal Mandatory Concession.

Its foundation was due to the zeal of St. Vincent Ferrer and to the donation of a building by Mosen Pedro Vilaragut. Only very meagre accounts have been preserved of the practical workings of the university. From the time of its foundation the courses included Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, philosophy, mathematics, and physics, theology, Canon law, and medicine.

Historic claustre of la Nau building

The closing years of the seventeenth, and the whole of the eighteenth century, witnessed the most prosperous era of the university, Greek, Latin, mathematics, and medicine being specially cultivated. Among the names of illustrious students that of Tosca, Evangelista Torricelli's friend, noted physicist and author of important mathematical works, stands out prominently. Escolano says that it was the leading university in mathematics, the humanities, philosophy, and medicine. Large anatomical drawings were made by the students. Valencia was the first university of Spain to found a course for the study of herbs. Many of the Valencian graduates of medicine became famous. Pedro Ximeno discovered the third small bone of the ear. He was professor at Alcalá and had for a pupil the celebrated Vallés. Luis Collado, professor of botany, made some valuable discoveries and carried on exhaustive studies of the plants of the Levant; Vicente Alonzo Lorente wrote works on botany; and the famous botanist Cavanilles was also a student of this university.

In the seventeenth century the university divided into two factions, the Melchor de Villena founded the last in 1643. During the Spanish Civil War, in 1938, a fire badly damaged the library.[1]

Nowadays it is a modern European public university open to almost every branch of teaching, research and learning in humanities, basic sciences and technology, health sciences, social sciences, and education.


The University of Valencia has three main urban campuses located in Valencia city and in Burjassot-Paterna, and some other buildings and facilities in the hearth of Valencia town, such as the Historic Building, Botanical Garden, Cerveró Palace, the Rectorate and others.

The University of Valencia's Medical School

Schools and Faculties

The University of Valencia has 18 Schools and Faculties located in its three main campuses. Each one allocates different academic departments and offers undergraduate, official masters and PhD programs. A virtual tour of each School can be seen through panoramic views.

Campus de Burjassot-Paterna

  • Engineering Technical School
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Chemistry

Campus de Blasco Ibáñez

  • School of Physiotherapy
  • School of Nursing and Chiropody
  • School of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences
  • Faculty of Philology, Translation and Communication
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Geography and History
  • Faculty of Medicine and Odontology
  • Faculty of Psychology

Campus de Tarongers

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Ausiàs March Teaching School

Studying at the University of Valencia

The University of Valencia offers a complete range of degrees in almost all of the academic fields: arts and humanities, engineering, health sciences, sciences, and social sciences. It covers undergraduate studies, postgraduate courses, official masters and PhD programs.

The exchange programs with foreign universities, as well as other programs of International Cooperation and Development Aid, allow students to study in other academic institutions from Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia. Regarding student mobility through Erasmus program, it is among the top ten universities in Europe. The university has partnered with International Studies Abroad, a study abroad provider based in Austin, Texas, to bring inbound students from the U.S. and Canada.[2]

The Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia promotes Chinese language and culture and supports local Chinese teaching and it is in the top twenty of the world. The International Center of Gandia offers international seminars and specific academic activities on Brazilian Culture.

The Centre for the Teaching of Languages of the University of Valencia offers its service for the teaching of languages to those who form a part of the University, including immediate family members. It is also open to anyone not belonging to the institution who wants to learn a language using a special formula based on professional dedication and quality teaching


Research is conducted through several ways. The Academic Departments within each School, the Research Institutes, the Science Park and some others.

The Research Institutes are conceived as multi-disciplinary research structures beyond the framework of the departments; they aim to meet the demand of the economic and social context in the research and transfer fields. The complete list could be seen at Research Institutes of the University of Valencia

The University of Valencia Science Park, PCUV, has been conceived as a meeting point between the University of Valencia and companies. A place where the exchange between university research groups and companies is ensured, stimulating the transfer of knowledge.

The University of Valencia disseminates its scientific activity through its Metode journal and the newsletter I+D+i+a.

See also


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External links

  • official University of Valencia website (English).
  • Universitat de València — information page (Spanish).

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