Universidad de ZaragozaThe University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) originated from a School of Arts, created by the Church in the 12th century. In 1474, Pope Sixtus IV elevated it to the category of “Universitas magistrorum”. In September 1542, the emperor Carlos V signed a privilege which elevated the School of Arts to the rank of “general university for all the sciences”.

The University of Zaragoza has more than 3,800 teaching and research staff, over 2,000 administration and service staff, and more than 37,000 students. In 2012, its budget amounted to 256 million euros. The University carries out educational research and development activities in its different campuses and centres, which makes it the strongest driving force for the social and economic development of Aragon and the Ebro Valley. It is a university that is changing and evolving in a multidisciplinary way in four interrelated spheres, defined as research, education, the transfer of knowledge. This means the Training of Talent for the University as a whole and constitutes its objective and future, which is the contribution to the training of a Knowledge-based Society.

As such courses are offered in all areas: Arts and Humanities, Experimental Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Law and Engineering and Architecture resulting in 54 bachelor degree courses adapted to the European Higher Education Area (some of these are taught at more than one campus, allowing for 66 different enrolment options). In terms of graduate studies, the University offers 52 masters degrees and 46 doctorate programmes, in addition to 99 specific courses (postgraduate degrees and specialist diplomas) corresponding to life learning strategy. In addition the university is active in programmes such as Erasmus, Leonardo and other international exchange programmes with North-America, Latin-America, Australia and Africa. This makes University of Zaragoza one of the most active universities in student mobility in Spain.

All studies offered by the University of Zaragoza are subject to a process of quality assurance where both the students’ learning outcomes and the quality of the teaching and learning processes are continuously assessed
The university has 22 Faculties and Schools and 55 academic and research departments endowed with modern scientific equipment and an outstanding ITC service. It also has seven research institutes. It offers excellent opportunities of collaboration to research teams and supports scientific research and exchange cooperation programmes with a high number of universities.

Scientific research, technological development and constant innovation are essential tools for economic and social growth. Research carried out by the University is focused on technological, social, legal, humanistic, experimental and bio-health areas. It organises research activity through its own research Institutes, joint or affiliated institutes, as well as through nationally and internationally renowned research groups. Its laboratories and scientific and technological infrastructures are dedicated to optimising research by generating knowledge and promoting innovation. University research institutes play a vital role in the work carried out by the UZ, which com-prises ten institutes: six own institutes, one affiliated institute and three joint institutes. In 2010, the total amount received for research amounted 59,8 million Euros.

All their research effort were recognised in 2010 with the University of Zaragoza being selected as International Campus of Excellence (and with the “Subprograma de Fortalecimiento CEI 2011”) by the Ministry of Education and through the Innocampus programme (Materials and Technology for Quality of Life) of the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

The University of Zaragoza contributes significantly to Aragón’s economic growth and increase of per-capita income. It is directly or indirectly responsible for 21% of Aragón’s average total growth over the past two decades. Without the accumulated contribution of the University of Zaragoza over this time, Aragón’s per capita income would be 22.8% less than it is today.

The University of Zaragoza offers one Erasmus Mundus Master’s program and one Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in cooperation with leading European institutions:
Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering (EM3E)
Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering (EUDIME)

Within this frame, scholarships to outstanding students from both EU and “third country” (overseas) students are provided.

The University is ranked as the seventh best Spanish university in terms of scientific and academic production and it’s including among the best 500 worldwide universities. Besides, the UZ is the first of Spain in Chemistry (Academic Ranking of World Universities, developed by the Institute of Higher Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)). Academic staff at the University of Zaragoza are highly specialised and have a broad research and teaching experience. Fields as interesting for international students as agribusiness and Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Environment and Renewable Energy, Engineering, the Technology, Technology for Quality of Life, Material Sciences, the records, Heritage and Identity and Territorial Development and environmental planning are issues in which the University of Zaragoza noted for its standards of quality and excellence.

UNIZAR at LAURDS

The University of Zaragoza will focus on WP5 but also contribute to:

  • Publishing the Doctoral Support Toolkit
  • Explore options to offer joint PhD supervision
  • Design of Research Strategy Development Roadmap
  • Develop a toolkit for Research Culture Development
  • Design and Implement a Doctoral Supervisors Support programme

The University experience and expertise if offering doctoral programmes and collaborative programmes will allow for additional expertise in the transferign knowledge effectively between European and Latin American Universities.