The University of Alcalá is a public university with a commitment to teaching and research excellence, which it delivers by adapting its training provision to social change and social demands and by attracting and retaining talent. Its numbers among its priorities the fomenting of student employability; the implementation of socially responsible policies which strengthen its reputation as an open, integrating and committed institution; and the development of efficient, responsible and transparent management based on its accountability to the institution itself and to society.
Located in the historic city of Alcalá de Henares, 30 kilometres from Madrid, the University has 28,000 students, 2,000 teaching staff and 800 service and administration staff. Its three campuses – the Historic, the Science and Technology and the Guadalajara Campuses — play home to 40 undergraduate degree programs, 78 official postgraduate programs and a broad offer of lifelong training courses in all fields of knowledge.
Included in the main national and international rankings, the UAH is among the world’s best universities both in global terms and for indicators such as teaching, employability, internationalization, research output, equipment and infrastructures, sustainability and social commitment.
At one and the same time historic and avant-garde, the UAH is one of Europe’s most venerable universities and can trace its origin as far back as 1293 and the medieval Studia generalia. In 1499, Cardinal Cisneros founded the College of St Hildephonse with a view to creating a prototype university city which would act as a model for others in Ibero-America. Among its most illustrious students, it boasts figures such as Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, Francisco de Quevedo, Tirso de Molina, Fray Luis de León, Ignacio de Loyola or Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, as well as María Isidra de Guzmán -the first woman in Spain to obtain a doctoral degree.
Its unique university model and the conservation of its rich architectural and artistic heritage led to its declaration as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.
The University of Alcalá is also a world benchmark for the teaching of Spanish language and culture, its social commitment and the defence of human rights. Not for nothing is its historic Paraninfo or assembly hall the stage for award ceremonies of the stature of the Cervantes Prize for Literature in Spanish, the King of Spain’s Human Rights Prize, or the “Camino Real” award.
The comprehensive training of students and their personal and professional development through high-quality teaching, the creation and transmission of knowledge and the dissemination of science and culture.
To be a leading university in the international context, committed to society, inclusive and open to the world, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and the training of citizens by means of quality teaching, excellence in research and the promotion of ethical and socially responsible attitudes.
Did you know...?
- Among the world's best universities in the QS World University Ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
- The UAH is the top-ranked university for employability in Spain, according to a study on Job Placement among university students by the MECD.
- Three of the degree courses taught at the University of Alcalá (Physiotherapy, English Studies and Hispanic Studies) are among the best in Spain, according to the ranking produced every year by the 'El Mundo' newspaper in its '50 degrees' supplement.
- 8 Master's degrees taught at the UAH are among the best in Spain, according to the '250 Master's degrees' supplement produced each year by the newspaper El Mundo.
- English Studies is among the 200 best subjects in the world, and Modern Languages is among the 250 best, according to the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject.
- The UAH is the first-ranked Spanish public university in teaching excellence according to the CYD Ranking (Knowledge and Development Foundation).
- Among the world's best universities for environmental sustainability policies in the UI Greenmetric World University ranking.