Reasons to choose the University of Murcia
The University of Murcia (UM) is a one-hundred-year-old institution that traces its origins to the thirteenth century. UM is an international institution which is a reference center for higher education in the Region of Murcia (south-eastern Spain). UM focuses on academic excellence and plays a very important role in research, teaching and innovation. At the same time, it acts as an essential social engine that spreads out in the Mediterranean basin through its international excellence Campus Mare Nostrum (CMN). The UM is a pioneer in e-government, with a clear strategy towards the digital university.
Academic and cultural activities take place in twenty-one schools. Seventeen of them are located in the Espinardo campus (North part of the city) and the rest are distributed in La Merced (downtown), Health Sciences (El Palmar and Lorca) and Sport Sciences at the sea-side (San Javier). Today, UM has more than 30,000 students, about 3,000 researchers/lecturers and 1,216 administration staff. UM is a public and comprehensive university that offers 53 undergraduate, 71 master and 35 doctoral programs in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Law. These schools exhibit international recognition and important quality certifications, the Veterinary School is one of the few in Spain being awarded with the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) accreditation; the School of Education has been recognized with the ECA Certificate for Quality in Internationalization (2016); the Computer Sciences, Biology and Veterinary schools have received the national AUDIT accreditation.
The UM promotes research and innovation in all areas of knowledge and works closely together with national and international businesses and companies. A total of 342 research groups and 4 research institutes and centers conduct a large amount or research activities (7000 articles published in indexed journals in the last five years according to Thomson Reuters WOS). Biomedical research is carried out in the three UM-affiliated hospitals and the Biomedical Research Institute with 414 active clinical trials and it has also been accredited by the Carlos III Health Institute.
The language of instruction at UM is primarily Spanish, but the university does offer some graduate and postgraduate courses taught in English such as Computer Sciences, Business, Primary Education, Law and Veterinary. Students have the chance both to pursue intellectual development and to acquire professional skills. Several Libraries with a “historical fund archive”, Sport facilities and Cultural activities are available. The Language Center offers courses to learn 10 different languages including Spanish.
UM ranks in 101-125 position in the THE’s Student Survey in 2018. Students at UM mainly value the great opportunities to interact with teachers, access to materials and environment during the learning experience, they would choose UM in case of starting over again and highly recommend the university to others, being one of the best universities rated in Spain. Our alumni work in world renowned companies across all economic sectors: biomedicine, law, business and economics, finances, computer sciences, and government among others. 60% of our alumni find a job after graduation and 15% continue further studies.
Based in the south east of Spain, UM benefits from a great location, mild weather all year round, low living cost, save environment and friendly city for students and a myriad of cultural and touristic offers. UM has been awarded with the Study Portal as one of the best universities in Europe with Outstanding International Student Satisfaction (9.5) in 2016. UM has a very diverse student body, with more than 50 nationalities represented on campus, thanks to the ERASMUS Program and specific agreements with universities from Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia.
The UM International Office is also accredited in quality management systems with the EFQM seal. UM has signed agreements with over 900 universities around the world. It is a reference center for the European Commission due to the large number of international projects coordinated by our institution. There is a considerable number of programs, with an annual mobility of more than 2,000 people (incoming and outgoing), making our institution the best representative of internationalization in our Region and a key player in the Mediterranean area, acting as a bridge to Europe.
The International Welcome Point at UM provides information in topics like the admission procedure, securing accommodation and legalization. UM offers a wide range of services, including the “Lola Chatbot” with artificial intelligence to help students to choose undergraduate studies and to answer questions in the admission process.
UM has taken significant steps incorporating in recent years technical actions that work on energy for development that affect renewable energy, savings and efficiency as well as improving environmental management of its facilities through its Sustainable Campus. Actions have been carried out related to the improvement of the environmental quality of the buildings and university facilities, with the integral management of the waste generated in the University, the proper use of essential aspects such as water and air, the management of traffic, the promotion of alternative transport, and the management of biodiversity on university campuses. All of this is certified under the integrated systems that guarantee the quality and safety of its actions backed by the international standard ISO 14001: 2004.
UM is also involved in the 2030 Agenda with a special program named 17ODSesiones. In that, every school will promote monthly one SDG to raise awareness of the different goals within the university community and the rest of the region. UM is the second university in Spain to integrate a greater number of students with disabilities and participates in the “Inclusive Campus Program: Campus without limits” funded by the Spanish Government, ONCE and REPSOL foundations.