University of Almeria

University of Almeria

Spain

The University of Almeria, one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Spain, was created by The Andalusian Parliament in 1993 as a proposal of the Governing Council of the Andalusian Regional Government, acting on behalf of the National Government.
Some figures reflect the dramatic growth of the University of Almeria over the years: The total number of students has doubled from 6,600 in 92/93 to the current academic year (more than 14.000 students). Our institution also has nearly 600 PhD students.
• The faculty staff has increased from 374 in 92/93 to over 800 today, organized in 14 departments.
• The administrative and technical staff has grown from 130 in 1993 to over 500. A total of 14 departments (140 research groups) are devoted to research and training.
In addition to the research work of the departments, the UAL has 7 research institutes, owned by or attached to the UAL that are dedicated to research in such varied areas as Agrifood, Global Change, Migrations, Solar Energy, Neuroscience, Big Data, Intensive Mediterranean Agrosystems or Production Systems in Plasticulture.
Our university currently has five classroom buildings full equipped, which offer students the opportunity to study more than 34 degree courses, 14 doctoral programmes, 44 official master’s degree programmes and 14 own master’s programmes.
Additionally, the University of Almeria has been always concerned about the increase of its international character. In 2018/19 it was the choice of over 1,200 students from 50 different countries from all continents to undertake a mobility period. These numbers are the result of a long tradition of cooperation with higher education institutions and research organizations, not only from Europe through the Erasmus programme, but also with the USA, Africa and Asia and especially with Latin American and Maghreb countries through mobility and cooperation programmes and networks such as ERASMUS MUNDUS, ERASMUS+ KA107, ISEP, PIMA, PABLO NERUDA, ANUIES or CONAHEC.

In 2015 we started participating with the same regions in KA107 ICM projects, adding regions and universities every year until 2020. Currently, we are cooperating with 7 different regions, 22 countries and more than 60 institutions in this project (224 mobilities), ranking in the top ten Spanish Universities in terms of number of mobilities and funding. Also, in 2018 UAL was awarded with the Erasmus+ Quality Award by the Erasmus+ Spanish National Agency.
The UAL started working in large international Erasmus projects in 2013 with the coordination of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Project PHOENIX with the ME region (Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan) and with a budget of 3 mill euros. Later on, became a partner in MARHABA EMA2 project with Iraq and Iran. This provided UAL with relevant experience and expertise in project management. Moreover UAL has been partner in four CBHE projects and currently is coordinating one with Moroccan HEIs (MathICs).