ES: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela


Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC) is a public university located in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain ( A second campus is located in Lugo, Galicia. The objective of the University of Santiago de Compostela is education and knowledge at the service of the society. It is a singular institution due its history, the impressive settings of Compostela and Lugo, and its commitment to modernisation. Founded in 1495 by Don Lopez Gómez de Marzoa, this institution maintains one of the most important academic traditions in Europe, being always attentive to the growing demands of society and open to international collaboration.

The USC, the cradle of university studies in Galicia, covers a total area of more than 1,300,000 squares metres with more than 80 buildings. In terms of human resources, the USC is made up of around 42,000 students, two third of them are female students, more than 2,000 teachers involved in study and research, and more than 1,000 people working in administration and services. It is also incorporates more than 300 research groups, some of which are internationally known. The USC is an outward-looking institution which has set up more than 250 bilateral agreements with universities all over the world. Cultural, educational, committed, scientific, enterprising, efficient, academic, international, and prestigious values are its main faces.
The University of Santiago de Compostela also has 19 Faculties, 4 Schools own university, 3 University schools, 2 Polytechnics, 1 Center linked, 17 Research Institutes, 1 Professional specialization school, and a total of 76 departments. And there are 1,350 accommodation vacancies available in the USC Colleges and Halls Residence. 

Respect to the European Space of Higher Education, the USC has a fruitful relationship with outstanding universities in Europe. It promotes constant and increasingly profound research cooperation between teachers and departments, as well as dynamic student exchange programmes. Under the Socrates (Erasmus grants) Exchange Programme with European Universities, the USC receives more then 650 students/year and it sends more tan 400 students/ year. Under the SICUE (Seneca grants) programme, the USC exchanges students with other Spanish universities.
The USC founded the Compostela Group of Universities in 1994, a project that enjoys the collaboration of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Universia web, UNESCO, the Xunta de Galicia, and the Galicia-Europe Foundation. Made up of more than 80 universities from 26 countries, the main objectives are the internationalisation of the Higher Education institutions and the mobility of their students and administrative personnel. It aims to promote academic, cultural and scientific cooperation, taking advantage of the social phenomenon resulting from the Way of St. James, as a decisive contribution to the concept and personality of Europe. It is being extended worldwide with the integration of countries such as Tunisia, Australia, Mexico, Peru and the United States.
The USC is one of the nine Spanish universities included in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (2004), completed by the Shangai Jiao Tong University. Academic developments, highly acknowledged researchers, papers published in scientific journals are some of the criteria selected by the Chinese institution, which handles data from 2,000 universities. In Spain USC has been:

  • 1st in: Obtaining ISO 9001 Certification for the academic area, presenting the Social Responsibility Report, and graduates who occupy the post of intern resident of radiophysics and of intern residents of psychology in the Ministry of Health of Spain.
  • 3rd as regards Academic Excellence Awards.
  • 6th in research and in the number of patents applied for.
  • 8th in founds received from the National Research + Development Plan.

Respect to the Faculty of Psychology, it was established in 1991 and it is unique in the Galicia University System. The study of Psychology began in the 1973-1974 academic year. The University of Santiago de Compostela can presume that the degree of psychology offering is among the best quality of Spanish university system. Serve for a fact supporting this claim: In the state exam announcements PIR (Internal resident psychologist), who presented at over 2,000 psychologists annually, graduates of this faculty achieve the best outcomes of all faculties of Psychology in Spain. Respect to the research, there are several groups that were at the forefront of the Spanish research in their respective areas and significant international recognition. It is significant the increase in research projects and publications in international journals.

Primary role in the project

USC’s role in the project will be to lead on WP7, the Physical Networking activities of the project. In leading this work package, they will be guided by a Steering Group and will be supported by partners in Belgium, Italy and the UK, where he main activities will be organised. They will also work closely with NUIG on the organisation of the 2014 Annual Conference and Young Researchers Network as this will co-ordinate with the Final Dissemination Conference. Because of this role, they will also sit on the PMG. In common with other partners, USC will also input into WP2 (Dissemination), WP3 (Education Research and Mapping), WP6 and WP9 (Quality Planning and implementation). In order to ensure this project is managed appropriately, USC made available to the project the Office for Research and Technology (OIT) and its experience in international project management.


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