The University of Alcala is ranked 184 in the world and first among Spanish universities in number of international students , according to the 2012 edition of the QS World University Ranking.
The University of Alcalá is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the longest standing European universities which dates back to May 20, 1293 marking the creation of the institution’s ‘‘General Study.’’ In 1499, Cardinal Cisneros expanded the institution’s studies with the creation of Higher College, which would later become the University of Alcalá, one of the first examples of a model university town.
Nowadays the University of Alcalá is a modern and innovative institution, which offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes adapted to the European Higher Education Area and covers all fields of knowledge, from humanities to engineering, and from social science to Medicine and biomedical science.
Today's University of Alcalá preserves its traditional humanities faculties, a testimony to the university's special efforts, past and present, to promote and diffuse the Spanish language through both its studies and the Cervantes Prize, which is awarded annually by the King and Queen of Spain in the Paraninfo (Great Hall). The University has added to its time-honoured education in the humanities and social sciences new degree subjects in scientific fields such as health sciences or engineering, spread out across its different 9 faculties and 23 departments (located in the Alcalá Campus, the Science and Technology Campus and Guadalajara), all of which are a key factor in its projection abroad, while also acting as a dynamo for activities in its local region.
The University is firmly committed to research and to technological innovation, collaboration with the worlds of business and industry.
Some of its main strengths are friendliness, quality international outlook and social commitment. Its goal is to be a leading university globally, socially committed, inclusive and open to the world. Moreover, it seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the education of men and women through quality teaching, research excellence and the fostering of ethical, socially responsible attitudes.
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