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University of Oviedo
Universidad de Oviedo/Universidá d'Uviéu
Latin: Universitas Ovetensis
Motto Sigillum Regiae Universitatis Ovetensis
Established 1574
Type Public
Endowment ca. 175,000,000 €
Rector Dr Vicente Gotor Santamaría
Staff ca. 2,100
Students ca. 25,000
Location Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Campus Oviedo,Gijón and Mieres
Colours green, blue
Affiliations G9 Group, Compostela Group
Original university building

The University of Oviedo (Spanish: Universidad de Oviedo, Asturian: Universidá d'Uviéu) is the only public university in Asturias (Spain). Its activity is spread along region, with teaching campuses and research centres in Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres.



The University of Oviedo was established under the terms and conditions of the will of Archibishop Fernando de Valdés Salas (1483-1568), who was the General Inquisitor under Philip II of Spain, and funded by his estate. In 1574 Pope Gregory XIII granted the Papal Bull to create the university and in 1604 Philip III issued its charter. It first opened for the teaching of classes on September 21, 1608.

The ancient university had three faculties: the Faculty of Arts, which every student had to graduate from in order to continue his training in one of the other; and the Faculties of Theology and Law, sometimes known as the higher faculties.

After the French invasion of Spain the Historical Building of the University was occupied by invading troops and lectures were suspended until the War ended in 1812.

During the 19th Century, a group of liberal professors tried to bring the University closer to the working class with the Extensión Universitaria (a popular education programme sponsored by the institution). However, this goal was not fully achieved, and on October 13, 1934, during the Socialist-led miners revolt in Asturias, strikers set fire to the University (including its Library and the Art Gallery) because it was seen as a bourgeois symbol. It was rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).

The number of faculties has multiplied in modern university, both through subdivisions of the traditional four faculties, and through the absorption of academic disciplines which have developed within originally vocational schools, in areas such as engineering or nursing.

Nowadays, the university has 31 faculties and professional schools, offering degrees and diplomas in over 150 fields of study.

Faculties and Professional Schools

  • Faculties:
Law (since 1608), Chemistry (since 1848), Philology (since 1892), Geology (since 1958), Biology (since 1961), Geography and History (since 1965), Medicine (since 1968), Economy and Business (since 1974), Education Sciences (since 1976), Sciences (Mathematics and Physics) (since 1990), Psychology (since 1991), Philosophy (since 1993)
  • Technical Schools:
Mining Engineering (since 1959), Higher Polytechnical School of Gijon (since 1978), Merchant Navy (since 1979), Computing and Telecommunications of Gijon (since 1982) Geologycal Engineering (since 2002)
  • University Schools:
Teaching (since 1848), Mining Technical Engineering (since 1855), Jovellanos Business School (since 1866)), Industrial Technical Engineering (since 1887), Oviedo Business School (since 1908), Nursing School (since 1977), Computer Technical Engineering of Oviedo (since 1982), Computer Technical Engineering of Gijón (since 1982), Social Work School (since 1984), Labor Relationships School (since 1988)
  • Professional Schools:
Dentistry (since 1978)


  • Experimental Sciences: Analiytic and Physical-Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Environment Technologies, Mathematics, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Operations Research and Mathematical Education
  • Health Sciences: Biochemistry and Functional Biology, Biology of Organisms and Systems, Functional Biology, Medicine, Morphology and Cellular Biology, Surgery and Medical-Surgical Specialities
  • Engineering: Computer Sciences, Construction and Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical, Electronical, Computers and Systems Engineering, Energy, Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Working and Prospecting, Nautical Science and Technologies
  • Legal-Social Sciences: Accounting, Applied Economy, Basic Legal Sciences, Business Administration, Education Sciences, Economy, Private and Companies Law, Psicology, Public Law, Quantitative Economy, Sociology
  • Humanities: Anglo-German and French Philology, Art and Music History, Classical and Romance Philology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Spanish Philology


Rector: Vicente Gotor Santamaría (since May 2008)
General Secretary: José Francisco Fernández
General Manager: Eusebio González
  • Vice-chancellor for Studies and New Degrees: Mª Paz Suárez Rendueles
  • Vice-chancellor for Professors, Centres and Departments: Julio Antonio González
  • Vice-chancellor for University Extension, Culture and Sports: José Antonio Cecchini
  • Vice-chancellor for Research: Santiago García Granda
  • Vice-chancellor for Students and Employment: Susana López Ares
  • Vice-chancellor for Campus, Infrastructures and Sustainability: José Carlos Rico
  • Vice-chancellor for International Affairs and Development Cooperation: Ana Mª Fernández
  • Vice-chancellor for Informatics and Communications: Víctor García
  • Vice-chancellor for Economical Planning: Santiago Álvarez
Social Council: Rafael Sariego (President)
Council of Government : Rectoral Council and Representatives from University Staff, Faculties, Schools and Departments
University Staff: Representatives of Professors, Administration Staff and Students
Rectoral Council: Rector together with the Vice-Chancellors

Notable alumni

Notable Professors

Some Honorary Doctors

External links

Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 5°50′47″W / 43.361787°N -5.846314°E / 43.361787; -5.846314



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