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About University of Valencia

The Universidad de Valencia, founded five centuries ago, is a holistic European public University, open to almost every branch of teaching, research and learning. The University of Valencia of today is the outcome of more than five centuries of history that have led to the accumulation of knowledge and unique documentary treasures, making it one of the top Spanish universities.

Nowadays is one of the top four Spanish universities in research activity. Its 18 schools and 19 research institutes develop intense teaching activity for undergraduates, masters, and PhD programs for their more than 55,000 students, as well as advanced research in medicine and health care, basic sciences and technology, humanities and education, and social sciences.

In the thirteenth century, higher education was established in the city of Valencia thanks to King James I of Aragon who, in 1245, had obtained a Studium Generale institution from Pope Innocent IV. However, not until 30 October 1499 did the Juries of Valencia draw up the Constitutions of what was to become the first University of Valencia: a university authorised by the Papal Bull on 23 January 1501, signed by the Valencian Pope Alexander VI and by the royal privilege of Ferdinand II the Catholic. It was granted on 16 February 1502.

For more than 500 years, the development of the University of Valencia has run in parallel with the development of the city and has been an inextricable part of its urban development, creating spaces for teaching, research, creation and dissemination of culture and science as well as knowledge transfer.

The University of Valencia has become one to the top five scientific centres in Spain thanks to the wide range of teaching and research activities offered in all areas of knowledge (basic sciences and engineering, health sciences, educational sciences, humanities and social sciences, economics and business, and law) and its commitment to excellence.

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