The University of Granada (UGR) is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. It serves more than 60000 students per year, including many foreign students, as UGR is the leader host institution in the Erasmus + programme in Europe. UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding. UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking. The edition of the ARWU places the UGR in 278th position in the world and as the 2nd highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. The UGR also stands out in different specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, such as Documentation (ranked in the 28nd in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 38nd in the world). A little below in the ranking (rank 76-100), the UGR stands out in Mathematics, Oceanography, and Computer Science. Additionally, the UGR counts with 4 researchers are at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list, related to the Computer Science scientific area. Regarding Social Sciences and Economy, the UGR is positioned at the rank 151-200, for Public administration and Tourism disciplines, and 301-400 for Economy discipline. It is also well recognized for its web presence, being positioned at 41th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe.
Moreover, a total 346 research groups are integrated into the UGR. Through the Spanish Research Programme, as well as other national programmes and organisations, the University supports 165 research projects, and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Business has provided financial support to 78 Projects of Excellence. In addition to the research work of the departments, the UGR has 12 research institutes, as well as other specific research units and centres that focus their work on specific areas.
The UGR merges with the city, its schools and campuses distributed throughout Granada, giving the city a true student environment. It also has campuses in the North African cities of Ceuta and Melilla, making it a truly intercontinental institution. In Granada, there are four University Campuses, as well as the “Campus Centro”, in which all the centres spread throughout the historic part of the city are brought together. The UGR’s policy of using buildings of historical and cultural value has enriched its heritage and has also promoted the restoration and maintenance of these buildings. In addition to this emphasis on more traditional elements, the Health Science Technological Park (PTS) demonstrates our strong commitment to innovation by promoting interaction with technological bio-health companies and favouring high-quality healthcare and biomedical knowledge.
The UGR is strongly committed to internationalization and is well aware of the importance of the role of administrative and technical personnel in meeting the ambitious goal of making our universities more open, diverse and critical spaces. In consequence, the UGR is the favourite destination for European exchange students (Erasmus +) and European leader in figures of incoming Erasmus students. In addition, the UGR offers a wide range of quality services for its students and staff covering all aspects of university life (housing, libraries, Wi-Fi, refectories, disabled facilities, sports and many more).
In addition, the University of Granada has recently obtained “The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)”: the declaration of commitment of the University of Granada to the principles of “The European Charter for Researchers” and “The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”.
Granada, a safe modern city, also has an outstanding geographical location just 40 minutes from the Mediterranean Coast with its tropical climate, and 30 minutes from the ski resort of Sierra Nevada. Granada is an enchanting city, full of monuments, history and, of course, the University. Along with its charm, its many cultural and recreational activities make it a great city to explore and a magnificent destination for students from around the world. Granada offers a wide range of cultural activities including festivals of flamenco, jazz, tango, theatre, poetry, magic, music, and dance.