Located in Valencia, Spain, the University of Valencia is one of the largest and oldest universities in Spain. It was founded on 30 April 1499, as passed by the municipal magistrates of Valencia at the request of James I the Conqueror and authorization of Pope Innocent IV. It was in 1501 when Pope Alejandro VI signed the bill of approval and a year later that Fernando II proclaimed the Royal Mandatory Concession. The foundation of the university became possible due to the zeal of St Vincent Ferrer and the donation of the building by Mosen Pedro Vilaragut. At the time of its foundation, the university offered courses in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, philosophy, physics, theology, mathematics, canon law, and medicine.
The university has three campuses: Burjassot-Paterna, where the colleges of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Pharmacy, and the Engineering Technical School are located; Blasco Ibáñez, which houses the humanities area, the odontology and medical college, the nursing school, and the faculties of Psychology and Physical Education and Sports; and Tarongers, home to the faculties of Social Sciences, Economics, and Law. Each campus has different services and research institutes. Presently, the university has over 60,000 students enrolled.
The University of Valencia has 18 faculties:
- Physical Activity and Sports
- Biological Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Modern and Classical Languages
- Philosophy and Education Sciences
- Geography and History
- Teaching Ausias Marc
- Medicine and Odontology
- Technical School of Engineering
The increase in student numbers at the University of Valencia over the last few decades led to an important transformation during the 1980s that improved its quality of education and research. The university presently has almost 3,580 professors and lecturers integrated into 92 departments and 16 research institutes of the Humanities, Social Health, Education and Sciences. It is also made up of a number of research teams with various institutes, laboratories, and department facilities.
Aside from studies and research, the University of Valencia also values culture and cultural heritage. It has facilities that promote the development of university life such as sports facilities, halls of residence, libraries, associative and volunteer networks, and cultural places such as the Botanic garden and the historic building at Carrer de la Nau.
Some of the other buildings and facilities located in the university aside from the three main campuses are the Ausiàs Marc Teaching School, Physiotherapy School, La Nau historic building, Central Services, where the Chancellor's office is located, the Botanic Garden, and the Institute of Traffic and Road Safety.
The university library has over 1,484,319 books; 17,529 journals; 1,214,319 e-journals and e-books; 107,994 users; 3,949 reading places; and 444,466 book loans.
Some of the notable students who graduated from the University of Valencia are Alexandre Crespo Durà, who graduated from the university with a degree in history and was the historical documentarist assessor of the documentary Del roig al blau; Javier Moreno, who graduated with a degree in Chemical Science and is the next director of the Spanish newspaper El Pais; and José Ángel Hernando, who earned his PhD at the university and worked on the development of microvertex detectors on the DELPHI experiment.
Foreign students interested in studying at the University of Valencia must apply for the accreditation of their qualifications at the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Granted applicants can sign up for the university admission test with the Spanish Open University (UNED). For more information, students can contact the Students' Services Center at the Blasco Ibáñez campus at 96 386 41 00, or e-mail your enquiries to email@example.com.
University of Valencia (Universitat de ValŹncia): Address: Avenida Blasco Ib‡–ez 13, Valencia, 46010, Spain Tel: +34 96 386 41 00
Fax: +34 96 398 34 62