The University of 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.
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 on October 30, 1979, with an inaugural session "Cajal, análisis literario de un carácter" about Ramón y Cajal 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 intellectual authors, for it allows authorities the use of official means in order to arbitrarily punish teaching staff.
South of the Iberian Peninsula and southwest of Andalusia, one finds the province of Cadiz, the southernmost of the Spanish peninsular territories, separated by only 14 kilometres from the African continent, by the Strait of Gibraltar. The history of the province of Cadiz is marked by the legacy of the diverse cultures that have passed through it: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs,...
It is a unique province for the characteristics of its districts and for the population distribution around large urban centres.
The University of Cadiz is strongly linked to the territory in which develops its activity. For this it is divided into 4 campuses with a total of 64 degrees.
Algeciras is the union point between two continents and is an important commercial and industrial centre very much influenced by shipping activities. Located at the western end of the Bay bearing the same name, from here you can see the rock of Gibraltar and it is separated from the coast of Morocco by 24 km.
In its 85 km2 of extension, is found part of the natural park of los Alcornocales, one of the biggest in Andalusia, with its prestigious landscape, ecology and hunting activities. It also has beaches of great interest as El Rinconcillo, San Garcia and Getares, as well as one of the most important ports of Spain, from where originates intense commerce.
The campus of the Bay of Algeciras, looking at the Strait of Gibraltar, is located around important municipalities like Algeciras, La Linea, San Roque and Los Barrios, characterized by port activities and constituting the most important industrial pole of Andalusia. This campus is characterized by offering degrees in engineering in its higher polytechnic school, including all possible options in technical industrial engineering and public works engineering, as well as an industrial engineer certification. The offer of the UCA is complemented by the possibility of studying Nursing.
This Campus is located in the old city, alongside the Genovese Park and the Caleta beach, in a set of narrow streets, little squares and charming places. The city communicates with the rest of the university campuses by regular buses liner and through the new railway station.
Due to its privileged geographical position (is the southernmost city in Europe) it enjoys a climate with an average annual temperature of 18.1 ° C, which makes it ideal to stroll around its parks and beaches. Amongst its feasts, Carnival is one of most celebrated, a festival which has been documented since the 17th century.
In the capital of Cadiz the fundamental fields of study are the socio-humanistic and health studies. In addition, the campus also includes the Higher School of Engineering, with a wide range of titles covering Technical Industrial Engineering, Computer Studies and the Industrial Organization.
Jerez is the fifth Andalusian city, with a population exceeding 200,000 inhabitants. It is a city that is characterized by its dynamism and quality of life. He has an industrial tradition which originates in the historic importance of the wine sector, marked by its own quality sign, in an increasingly attractive environment, both for tourism and the realization of congresses, as well as for the introduction of new industries.
The University Campus of Jerez, opened in 2004 and known as the "Assumption Campus", is the result of the localization of two public University centres in Jerez, in the same academic space, since the foundation of the University of Cadiz in 1979. These are the Faculty of Law and the College of Business Studies (this last now converted in Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication). Both centres, however, hold their origins in 1972 (College of Business Studies) and 1973 (Law College).
Located in the University Avenue (previously a stretch of the Avenue of Arcos de la Frontera), the Campus occupies part of the land where previously were found the old artillery barracks of "La Asunción". Nearby are the Municipal Stadium and Sports Complex of Chapín which, together with La Rotonda del "Toro de Troja", are excellent landmarks making it easy to locate.
The new campus has 45,000 m2 of built area, 30,000 m2 of green areas, 700 parking spaces and 4 main buildings: Lecture rooms, Offices and Seminars, the library and Common Services.
The Campus of Jerez is fully dedicated to social and legal studies, and also has a hall for nursing studies. In the year 2005-2006, the Degree in Advertising and Public Relations (second cycle), started being offered. The double degrees; Law Degree and Diploma in Business Studies (six years), as well as the Diplomas in Tourism and Business (four years) are another feature of the training offered in the Jerez Campus.
This Campus is situated in a privileged natural environment, in full contact with the Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz and in the geographic centre of the municipalities constituting the Commonwealth of the Bay of Cadiz, with very important population centres within a radius of 20 Km., including Cadiz, Jerez, San Fernando, Chiclana, Puerto de Santa Maria and the municipality of Puerto Real. As a whole they add up to a population of more than 600,000 habitants.
It is the UCA Campus that brings together the highest concentration of Science and Technology centres. The industrial environment around it includes big enterprise sectors related to metallurgy, automation, electronics, aviation, naval and agriculture engineering. There is also an important industrial network of subsidiary businesses.
The Puerto Real Campus can be accessed by public transport university routes provided by Transportes Comes, regular buses between Cadiz and Puerto Real and the urban bus services of the company Transcela from Puerto Real RENFE station.
The opening of the RENFE stop in the campus itself, allows continuous and fast access from all localities around the Bay of Cadiz and Jerez.
In the Rio San Pedro (Puerto Real) Campus one finds Science and Technology disciplines related to the sea, and degrees in science that the title of chemical engineering. Additionally, the Puerto Real Campus is where educational science studies are developed. This campus also offers the possibility of double degree in Marine Sciences and Environmental Sciences.
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