Universitat de València was founded in 1499 and, initially, was dedicated to the study of Medicine, Humanities, Theology and Law. Nowadays it has become a modern European university opened to almost every branch of knowledge. Given the wide range of studies offered as well as its humanistic dimension, Universitat de València is now one of the largest, oldest and most diverse universities in Spain.
The University has 45,800 degree and 8,600 postgraduate students. On our campuses (Blasco Ibañez, Burjassot-Paterna and Els Tarongers), over 3,300 teachers and researchers, who make up 90 departments 17 institutes and other research units, carry out their work, aided by over 1,700 administration and service staff. Its libraries hold almost 1,5 million books, are subscribed to more than 26,000 journals and provide 4,300 reading places for its almost 60,000 users. Along with the human resources, the magnitude of its facilities and the available up-to-date instrumental equipment guarantee the quality of a vast scientific and technologic offer to the service of society.
Universitat de València is recognized as one of the most outstanding Spanish universities in both national and international rankings. Universitat de València produces 63 % of the indexed references of all Valencian universities and ranks third among Spanish universities in indexed scientific production. More than 300 PhD theses are presented every year in the framework of 110 PhD programs, 31 of which have obtained the special Quality Award given by the Spanish Education Ministry. At last, its increasing research budget, over €52 million, is an indicator of the scientific and technological capabilities of the University of Valencia.
Universitat de València has participated and is participating in several European projects under the subsequent RTD European Framework Programmes (I to VII) and other European Programmes (LLP)/ Actions: ERASMUS, SOCRATES, LEONARDO, INTAS, EQUAL, Community action programme „AIDS and other communicable diseases” UV had acting through several roles: coordinator, contractor, associated contractor, member, host institution, and has experience in the development and management of more than 150 European Projects.
Universitat de València develops a wide range of bilateral academic cooperation programs worldly, mainly with South-American, African Countries and European countries. Lately, the relationships with Asia-Pacific countries such as China, Japan and India and the new agreements with North-American universities guarantee the signature of new agreements. These agreements allow mobility activities for a large number of students and academic staff. International programmes management is developed from interuniversity cooperation, development cooperation and research points of view. In fact, the number of international mobilities is 3328 for undergraduate students, 446 for master and 78 for doctorate students.
As for international networks integration, at present the University is member of important associations such as EUA (European Association for Universities), Asociación Universitaria Iberoamericana de Postgrado, CUM (Mediterranean University Comunities), EAIE (European Association for International Education), Lluís Vives Network, College Des Hautes Etudes Europeennes “Miguel Servet” amomg others. Further, the University is taking part in a network for the development of the labour market in SouthAmerican countries and its impact on the local development through social economic entities. There are also other thematic networks in both international and regional areas with main goal is research development, in which the University also plays an important role: World Tourism Organization, CUVRIC (Valencian Interuniversity Board for International Relations and Cooperation), Humane ASBL, WBZU (Weiterbildungszentrum Brennstoffzelle Ulm E.V), RAUI (SouthAmerican Universities Administrators Network) and LRN CONSORTIUM. Concerning research networks, we are taking part in several networks of excellences as a result of the research collaboration with international institutions.