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The Rovira i Virgili University (URV) was created in 1991 by the Catalan Parliament. Located in southern Catalonia, it has developed a multi-centre structure with 6 campus sites and is one of the leading universities in both Catalonia and Spain.
During the 2014-15 academic year, there were 14,330 students attending classes here and 2,737 degrees were awarded. Southern Catalonia’s distinctive natural habitat enables the URV to attract a growing number of students from the rest of Catalonia and other parts of Spain. The current strength of the URV is also illustrated by the following facts: 1,525 students are registered for master’s courses and 1.217 for doctorates, while during the 2014-15 academic year 191 theses were completed and nearly 3,400 students followed ongoing training courses; 34% of the URV’s PhD students are international and in total, 30% of the students studying masters’ and doctoral degrees are international students. The URV employs nearly a thousand full-time equivalent academic staff (4% international, 39% part-time instructors) and 687 administrative and service staff. Its total budget is €100.7 million. The URV’s scientific production is reflected in its 950 Web of Science publications (2014) and its presence in 6 ESI areas of excellence (Chemistry, Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Environmental/Ecology Sciences). The number of publications per permanent member of teaching staff is the fifth highest in Spain.
The special emphasis that the URV has been placed on research allows it to play a leading role in regional development, especially in the areas that are closely linked to the economic strengths of the region: Chemistry and Energy, Nutrition and Health, Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and Oenology.
The wide-ranging and well defined relationship between the university, business and society is one of the main reasons why the URV and its surroundings have been recognized as a Campus of International Excellence by the Spanish Ministry of Education. As such, the URV provides the region with a knowledge structure that is internationally visible and that achieves international recognition.
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