University of Oviedo

The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias. With over 400 years of history, it offers a full range of undergraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in all branches of knowledge and postgraduate degree programmes in collaboration with national and international universities and more than 250 companies.

Campus of International Excellence

With an international calling, close ties to the region and a strong commitment to the transfer of knowledge to the business world, the University of Oviedo was one of the first nine universities in Spain to receive accreditation as a Campus of International Excellence on 26 November 2009. The CIE Asturias-Ad Futurum project brings together more than 300 regional and national institutions, companies and technology centres.

Major figures

  • 25.000 Students
  • 2.000 Lecturers and Researchers
  • 1.000 Administrative Staff members
  • 57 Undergraduate Degree programmes
  • 50 Master’s Degree programmes
  • 6 Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes (3 coordinated by the University of Oviedo)
  • 24 PhD Programmes
  • 65 Certificate Courses
  • 210 Beds in university halls of residence
  • 800 International students
  • 17 Faculties and Schools
  • 38 Departments
  • €198 million annual budget

Seven campuses in three cities

Teaching takes place on seven campuses spread over the central region of Asturias: Oviedo (El Cristo, El Milán, Llamaquique, Catalanes and Oviedo-Centre), Gijón and Mieres, in addition to offering various university services in Avilés. In 2010, it carried out an ambitious process involving the merger of centres linked to the Campus of International Excellence and has been set as an example of best practices for Spanish universities. As a result, the University has 16 Faculties and Schools, four affiliated institutions and the Professional School of Physical Education and Sports Medicine. Moreover, the International Center for Postgraduate Studies manages the Master’s Degrees and PhD Programmes.

In addition, the academic institution has fully-equipped sports facilities and modern, refurbished accommodation for students, lecturers and administration and service personnel.

Driver of research in the region

The University of Oviedo undertakes 80% of the R&D and Innovation activities carried out in Asturias, and has cutting-edge services and facilities to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to the business world. The income it obtains from scientific output amounts to around 40 million euros a year, with nearly 500 contracts or agreements with companies to carry out research projects.

The Asturian institution also boasts two specialized clusters (Energy, Environment and Climate Change, and Biomedicine and Health) with close ties to the regional technology parks and the Asturian healthcare network.

Commitment to society

True to the historical legacy that made the University of Oviedo a pioneer institution in University Extension in Spain in the late XIX century, the activity of disseminating knowledge goes beyond its campuses to reach the whole of the Principality of Asturias. The Historic Building, located in the centre of Oviedo, is home to the LAUDEO University Extension Cultural Centre, where major academic and cultural events are held that are open to Asturian society at large.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, the University of Oviedo offers care and support services for people with special needs and a “Solidarity Space” where voluntary work and international cooperation actions take place. The Equality Unit ensures compliance with gender equality and work/family reconciliation policies.

Source: Universidad de Oviedo

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