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University of Cádiz
Universidad de Cádiz
Motto Non Plus Ultra (Latin)
Motto in English No Further Beyond
Established 1979[1][2]
Type Public
Rector Diego Sales Márquez
Students 17,280[3] (2007/2008 year)
Location Cadiz, Spain
Campus Cádiz
Puerto Real
Jerez de la Frontera
Telephone (+34) 956 01 53 50

The University of Cádiz (in Spanish: Universidad de Cádiz), commonly referred to as UCA, is a public university located in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain, noted for its medicine and marine sciences curricula. It was founded in 1979,[1][2] and has the Latin motto Non Plus Ultra ("No Further Beyond"). Its headquarters are located in Cádiz, where the Rectorate is.

During the 2007/2008 academic year, there were 17,280 students,[3] 1698 lecturers, and 680 administration and services workers associated with the university.



The University's origins lie in the 15th century with the "Colegio de Pilotos de los Mares de Levante y Poniente".

Its Faculty of Medicine traces its founding to the Royal Naval College of Surgery in 1748, which was the first in Europe to combine medicine and surgery in a single school.

The modern University of Cádiz was founded in October 30, 1979, with an inaugural session "Cajal, análisis literario de un carácter" about Ramón y Cajal[4] and the first rector election was conducted in 1984.

In March 1984, the Gold Medal was awarded to Juan Carlos I of Spain. In May 1985, Rafael Alberti and Antonio Domínguez Ortiz were invested Doctor Honoris Causa. In this year, the rectorate is relocated to the current building, Casa de los Cinco Gremios. University bylaws and statutes were approved in February 1986.

In 1992, Centro Andaluz Superior de Estudios Marinos was inaugurated in Campus of Puerto Real.

Since 2003, UCA has promoted new technologies for learning-related purposes, first with WebCT virtual campus and then Moodle (free software).

In 2009, the recently created "General Inspection of Exceptional Services" begun to make decisions which were severely reprobed by some intelectual authors, for it allows authorities the use of official means in order to arbitrarily punish teaching staff.


In addition to the principal campus in Cádiz, the university has three satellite campuses:

Its Marine Science departments constitute the CASEM (Centro Andaluz Superior de Estudios Marinos), which offers studies in Marine Environment and Marine Resources, Seafaring, Marine Engineering, Naval Radioelectronics and Naval Engineering.

Schools within the university

Some schools within the university are:

  • University School of Modern Languages ("[1]")
  • University School of Health ("Salus Infirmorum") at Cádiz
  • University School of Engineering at Cádiz
  • University School of Labor Relations at Jerez de la Frontera
  • University School of Legal and Economic Studies ("Tomás y Valiente") at Algeciras
  • University Center for Advanced Studies at Algeciras
  • University School of Labor Relations at Algeciras
  • University School of Pedagogy ("Virgen de Europa") at La Línea de la Concepción

University rectors

Diego Sales Márquez, current rector

University rectors in UCA history:

  • October, 1979 – February, 1984: Felipe Garrido
  • February, 1984 – June, 1986: Mariano Peñalver Simó
  • September, 1986 – January, 1995: José Luis Romero Palanco. Reelected in November, 1990.
  • January, 1995 – April, 2003: Guillermo Martínez Massanet. Reelected in February, 1999.
  • May, 2003 – Present: Diego Sales Márquez.

Free software and supercomputing

One of the first free software offices in Spain was founded at this university, Libre Software and Open Knowledge Office (OSLUCA).[5][6] This office has set up some free software conferences (2004: I, 2005: II, 2006: III y 2009: IV), and the FLOSS International Conference.

UCA provides a supercomputer for research purposes since 2007. It is a cluster of 80 computers, each with 4 processing cores (finally 320 cores) and 640 GB RAM, designed for a peak performance of 3.8 TFLOPS.[7] The supercomputer uses SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 as operating system.[8]

Notable alumni

Some notable alumni from UCA:[9]

  • Francisco de Paula Medina Gutiérrez: physician and lecturer
  • Pascual Hontañón Cabezas: physician
  • Federico Rubio y Gali: surgeon
  • Benito Alcina y Rancés: hygienist
  • Antonio Machado y Núñez: rector of University of Sevilla and mayor of Sevilla
  • Cayetano del Toro y Quartiellers: politician
  • Gabriel Matute y Valls
  • Guillermina Rojas y Orgis

Honoris Causa

Honorary doctoral degrees from University of Cádiz:[10]

  • William W.L. Glenn (1981)
  • Dietrich E. Wilhelm Trincker (1982)
  • Andrés Segovia Torres (1982)
  • Rafael Alberti Merello (1985)
  • Antonio Domínguez Ortiz (1985)
  • Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez (1987)
  • José Ignacio Barraquer Moner (1987)
  • Fernando Quiñones Chozas (1998)
  • Manuel Clavero Arévalo (2000)
  • Andrés Fernández Díaz (2004)


Further reading

See also

External links



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