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University of Oviedo

University of Oviedo
Universidad de Oviedo
Seal of the University of Oviedo
Latin: Universitas Ovetensis
Motto Sigillum Regiae Universitatis Ovetensis
Established 1574
Type Public
Rector Vicente Gotor Santamaría
Academic staff
Students 27,284
Location Oviedo, Asturias,  Spain
Campus Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres
Colors Green and Black          
Original university building

The University of Oviedo (Spanish: Universidad de Oviedo, Asturian: Universidá d'Uviéu) is a public university in Asturias (Spain). It is the only university in the region. It has three campus and research centres, located in Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres.


  • History 1
  • Schools and colleges 2
  • Departments 3
  • Facilities 4
  • Staff 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • Notable professors 7
  • Some honorary doctors 8
  • See also 9
  • Notes and references 10
  • External links 11


The University of Oviedo was established under the terms and conditions of the will of Archbishop Fernando de Valdés Salas (1483–1568), who was the General Inquisitor under Philip II of Spain, and funded by his estate. In 1574 Pope Gregory XIII granted the Papal Bull to create the university and in 1604 Philip III issued its charter. It first opened for the teaching of classes on September 21, 1608.

The ancient university had three faculties: the Faculty of Arts, which every student had to graduate from in order to continue his training in one of the other; and the Faculties of Theology and Law, sometimes known as the higher faculties.

After the French invasion of Spain the Historical Building of the University was occupied by invading troops and lectures were suspended until the War ended in 1812.

During the 19th century, a group of liberal professors tried to bring the University closer to the working class with the Extensión Universitaria (a popular education programme sponsored by the institution). However, this goal was not fully achieved, and on October 13, 1934, during the Socialist-led miners revolt in Asturias, strikers set fire to the University (including its Library and the Art Gallery) because it was seen as a bourgeois symbol. It was rebuilt after the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939).

The number of faculties has multiplied in modern university, both through subdivisions of the traditional four faculties, and through the absorption of academic disciplines which have developed within originally vocational schools, in areas such as engineering or nursing.

Nowadays, the university has 31 faculties and professional schools, offering degrees and diplomas in over 150 fields of study.

Schools and colleges

School of Law (since 1608), Teaching and Education (1845), Chemistry (1848), Polytechnic School of Mieres (1855), Jovellanos Faculty of Commerce, Tourism and Social Sciences (1866), Gijón Polytechnic School of Engineering (1888), Philosophy and Letters (1892), Economy and Business (1908), Teaching and Geology (1958), Mining Engineering (1959), Biology (1961), Medicine and Health Sciences (1968), Merchant Marine (1979), School of Computer Engineering (1982), Sciences (1990), Psychology (1991)


  • Experimental Sciences: Analytic and Physical-Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Environment Technologies, Mathematics, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Physics, Statistics and Operations Research and Mathematics Education.
  • Health Sciences: Biochemistry and Functional Biology, Biology of Organisms and Systems, Functional Biology, Medicine, Morphology and Cellular Biology, Surgery and Medical-Surgical Specialities.
  • Engineering: Telecommunication, Computer Sciences, Construction and Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical, Electronical, Computers and Systems Engineering, Energy, Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Working and Prospecting, Nautical Science and Technologies.
  • Social Sciences and Law: Accounting, Applied Economy, Basic Legal Sciences, Business Administration, Education Sciences, Economy, Private and Companies Law, Psychology, Public Law, Quantitative Economy, Sociology.
  • Humanities: Anglo-German and French Philology, Art and Music History, Classical and Romance Philology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Spanish Philology.


The school has a large number of places in different classrooms, total counted 6 classrooms in the building, with spaces ranging from the 171 seats in the classroom with greater capacity, up to 75 seats in the lower-capacity classroom. In addition to these classrooms, there is a room hold up to 112 places, which are usually done lectures and presentations both subjects, as final projects. Special mention also the different laboratories that school has a total of 15 laboratories. Included in this equipment of various kinds, both PC and MAC.


Rector: Vicente Gotor Santamaría (since May 2008)
General Secretary: Ignacio González del Rey
General Manager: Eusebio González
  • Vice-chancellor for Research and International Campus of Excellence: Mª Paz Suárez Rendueles
  • Vice-chancellor for Professors and Studies: Julio Antonio González
  • Vice-chancellor for University Extension and Communication: Vicente Domínguez
  • Vice-chancellor for Students: Luis Rodríguez Muñiz
  • Vice-chancellor for Campus, Centres and Departments: José Carlos Rico
  • Vice-chancellor for Internationalization and Postgraduate studies: Covadonga Betegón
  • Vice-chancellor for Informatics: Víctor García
  • Vice-chancellor for Economical Planning, Contracts and Agreements: Santiago Álvarez
Social Council: Alicia Castro Masaveu (President), representatives of political parties, trade-unions, employers, etc.
Council of Government : Rectoral Council and Representatives from University Staff, Faculties, Schools and Departments
University Staff: Representatives of Professors, Administration Staff and Students
Rectoral Council: Rector together with the Vice-Chancellors

Notable alumni

Notable professors

Some honorary doctors

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Sergio Marqués, único miembro del PP que ha ocupado la presidencia asturiana".  

External links

  • Official Website: Spanish version by default, English version available inside
  • Graduate Computer Engineering School: Spanish Version

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