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University of Vigo

National Network: 
Spain
Address: 
Lagoas-Marcosende s/n
36310 Vigo Pontevedra
Espagne
Telephone: 
+34 986 812 000
Telephone (other): 
Mª Asunción Longo González
E-Mail (2): 
Mobile Phone: 
+00 34 986 813597
Organisation Type: 
Public Institution
Year of Establishment: 
1990
General Information: 

The University of Vigo (UVIGO) is a Spanish public institution of higher education and research, with three campuses located in the cities of Vigo, Pontevedra and Ourense, in the region of Galicia. Currently, it has about 20.200 students and employs about 3,000 people.

The UVigo has a 160 million euro budget per year. The main funding sources are transfers form the regional government, but the UVigo also obtains revenue from public R&D funding programs and contracts with companies.

The research activity of the University of Vigo is organized in different research groups, which carry out projects and contracts in collaboration with research centers and companies, both at national and transnational level.

Some of the most important national partners are: Regional Government (Xunta de Galicia), local authorities, other universities, the galician public health care system, and so on. At international level, the Uvigo has worked with many institutions from all over the world.

Mission and Objectives: 

The UVigo is an autonomous public higher education institution, open to the society and with an international vocation, committed to equality and to the economic progress and social welfare of society. It supports and provides high quality education and research to contribute to the generation and transfer of knowledge, scientific and techological progress, innovation and intelelectual growth, and the comprehensive education of a multicultural and multilingual society.

In a strategic focus the UVigo can be define as follows:

- An university that innovates and progresses in basic and applied research.

- An university that consolidates a specialized and differentiated educational offer.

- An University with teaching-learning processes oriented to the all-round training of professionals.

- A participatory university with motivated and involved students.

- An economically sustainable university that consolidates and completes its offer of services.

- An univesity committed to equality, with a strong organizational culture and flexible and effective management systems.

- An open university, connected to its environment and socially valued.

- An entrepreneurial university that creates, disseminates and transfers knowledge adn R&D&I to the productive fabric, leading strategic alliances through technological centers or platforms.

- An university committed to economic integration and to Euro-regional development.

- A caring and socially committed university.

- An University that consolidates its international projection.

Main Projects / Activities: 

The University of Vigo has a strong research activity, with around 200 research groups divided in four areas of knowledge: Natural Sciences, Legal and Social Sciences, Humanities and Technology.

In Legal and Social Sciences and Humanities, there are research groups specialized in education, communication, culture (both at regional and transnational level), creativity and diversity and social inclusion.

These groups have participated in transnational projects financed by the European Union, such as:

  • SPEAK OUT FOR SUPPORT (SOS-VICS): this project, funded by the Criminal Justice Programme, aims to facilitate assistance to gender violence victims and at the same time contribute to raising awareness on the need for hiring professional interpreters during linguistic mediation in such cases.
  • NEW SPEAKERS IN A MULTILINGUAL EUROPE: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES: this project, funded by the COST programme, aims to bring multilinguals into the focus of these processes by investigating the challenges and opportunities involved in acquiring, using and being understood as a new speaker of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe.

 

The strategic objectives mentioned above are set out in a series of operational plans, among which we can highlight some with a strong CSR component. For example, an Equality Plan, an Operational Plan for the interaction with secondary education, Environmental Sustainability Plan, etc.

Each operational plan establishes a series of actions to be carried out and indicators to verify that these actions are effectively implemented. For example, in terms of the Equality Plan, we can point out that The University of Vigo has a strong commitment to the promotion of equality between women and men and the principle of non-discrimination against potentially marginalized groups. For this reason, some actions have been adopted, such as the elaboration of an Equality Plan and reports about the situation of women and men in the university and other possible causes of discrimination that may have a negative impact on the coexistence and conditions of study and work at the university community.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

The University of Vigo as a public higher education institution generates knowledge in some areas of interest for ALF, and to transfer this knowledge to society is a strategic objective. In addition, it has an extensive network of national and transnational contacts.

All these assets could help to promote the activity of the network in Spain, in particular in the Northwest of the country.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

The UVigo is interested in joining the ALF Network for two main reasons:

  1. Because the two bodies have similar goals and fields of work (intercultural dialogue, gender, education, migration, sustainability), and the adhesion can help to University of Vigo to fulfill the strategic objectives.
  2. In order to boost the collaboration with Mediterranean countries and to promote new projects in cooperation.