Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), Spain
The UAB is a public, Catalan university with an international vocation, which acts as a generator of economic and social development of the local area from its different campuses, through quality teaching that is closely linked to research and the transfer of knowledge, while optimising the potential of its human capital, in accordance with its own values. UAB is a young university founded 46 years ago. During these years our university has placed itself among the best in Spain thanks to the quality of its teaching, the excellence of its research and its results in knowledge and technology transfer. UAB also is known for its campus structure, which is unique in Spain and constitutes one of its most important assets. The area encompasses everything from university colleges, schools and research centres to halls of residence for students and researchers, and services for all of the university community. UAB offers a variety of cultural and sports activities which help to make our campus a small city of knowledge with a total of over 40,000 people on any given day. All this talent is invested into scientific progress and social and cultural commitments which has enabled us to be recognised as a Campus of International Excellence by Spanish Government. In addition to the three missions taken on by universities the world over -teaching, research and knowledge transfer- UAB looks beyond academic aspects and aims to fulfil the needs of society as much as possible within its role as a responsible, solidary and committed institution. Only with this can it serve as an example for an integrated training of its students and surrounding society. It is also at the core of a scientific pole which comprises 44 prestigious research centres and institutes, large facilities such as the ALBA Synchrotron, an important technology Business centre and several of the most dynamic and important firms of Catalonia. All this together with the communications infrastructure offered by such privileged surroundings make it the most important R&D&I pole of Europe’s Mediterranean coast, and most possibly of Southern Europe.