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University of Vigo
Universidade de Vigo

Shield of University of Vigo
Motto Innovadora, pública, de calidad
Established 1990
Type Public University
Rector Alberto Gago
Staff 1,500
Students 21,263 (2006)
Location Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Campus Multiple

The University of Vigo (Galician: Universidade de Vigo) is a public university located in the city of Vigo, Galicia. There are three campuses:

Considered the most technical of the universities of Galicia, it offers engineer degrees in Mining, Telecomunications, Computer Science and Industrial Engineering. Among other prestigious centers in the university are the schools of Translation and Interpreting, Private investigator and Security, and Sea Sciences (Oceanography and others).


History of the University in Galicia


Political background

Following the introduction of the new Spanish Constitution of 1978 and the arrival of Democracy, the newly elected president of Spain, Felipe Gonzalez Marquez leader of the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) introduced legislation from Madrid to transform the, until that date, centralized Spanish State, into an amalgamation of autonomic regions with different degrees of self Administration.

The north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula will be raised to the “Status” of Autonomic Region, and the Spanish Language will have to co-exist with the new official language: Galician.

A new Parliament and a new government have been created in Galicia for its people. And from the Galician Capital, Santiago de Compostela, the newly created Galician Parliament will bring new legislation for the autonomic community.

And it is in these states of affairs that the University Map in Galicia will be transformed.

From one university to many

To begin with, Galicia never had University until 1495 when the University of Santiago de Compostela was created, and from that date onwards, Galicia will have no other university until the early 1980s when two university campuses dependent from the University of Santiago de Compostela will be created in A Coruña and Vigo.

Before that, the only institution which shared “Official Degree Studies” in Galicia was the “School of Naval and Industrial Engineers” of Ferrol, which was created by a Ministerial Order under the initiative of General Francisco Franco in the early 1960s. This School was directly dependent from the Ministry of Education in Madrid, although in 1992 it will be amalgamated to the University of A Coruña.

In the late 1980s, the two university campuses of A Coruña and Vigo, which were created as dependent of the University of Santiago de Compostela will became fully independent Universities being able for the first time to issue their own official university degree titles.

From the 1990s to the present

A few years later, in the early 1990s Galicia has three universities, each of them with campuses of their own.

University of Santiago de Compostela – With two university campuses, one in Santiago de Compostela and the other in Lugo.

University of A Coruña – With two university campuses, one in A Coruña and the other in Ferrol.

University of Vigo – With three university campuses, one in Vigo, and the other two in Ourense and Pontevedra.

Campus of Vigo (Lagoas Marcosende)

Campus of Vigo (in the city)

Campus of Pontevedra

Campus of Ourense

Notable alumni


See also


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