University of Oviedo

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.

University of Oviedo
Universidad de Oviedo
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Seal of the University of Oviedo
Latin: Universitas Ovetensis
MottoSigillum Regiae Universitatis Ovetensis
Established1574; 447 years ago (1574)
RectorSantiago García Granda
Academic staff
Location, ,
CampusOviedo, Gijón and Mieres
ColorsGreen and Black
Original university building


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 collegesEdit

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 Molecular 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: Santiago García Granda (since May 2016)
General Secretary: Eva María Cordero González
General Manager: Ana Isabel Caro Muñoz
  • Delegate for Coordination and University Strategy: Xabiel García Pañeda
  • Vice-rectorate for Academic Organization: Juan José del Coz Díaz
  • Vice-rectorate for Research: José Ramón Obeso Suárez
  • Vice-rectorate for University Extension and International Development: Francisco José Borge López
  • Vice-rectorate for Student Affairs: Elisa Miguélez González
  • Vice-rectorate for Material and Technological Resources: Marta María Hernando Álvarez
  • Vice-rectorate for Crosscutting Actions and Enterprise Cooperation: Eugenia Suárez Serrano
Social Council: Ladislao Azcona (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 alumniEdit

Notable professorsEdit

Some honorary doctorsEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sergio Marqués, único miembro del PP que ha ocupado la presidencia asturiana". La Nueva España. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

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Coordinates: 43°21′42″N 5°50′47″W / 43.3618°N 5.8463°W / 43.3618; -5.8463