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Catalonia is the Spanish autonomous community with more universities applying to become Campus of Excellence

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Six Catalan universities opt to become Campus of International Excellence (CEI), a distinction which only achieve the most competitive, best quality upper education centres. These universities are: the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and in a joint way the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the University of Barcelona (UPC-UB), as for public universities is concerned. The University Ramon Llull (URL) is the only private one in the list. It is necessary to highlight that Catalonia is the only autonomous community in Spain with more public preselected universities (5), followed by Madrid (4) and Andalusia (3).

The Ministries of Education, and of Science and Innovation have made an open call to choose the 10 universities or university alliances, which will have the CEI seal and which will receive the corresponding grants. For the time being, the five public universities which have passed the first selection phase will receive an initial amount of 200,000 Euros to prepare a strategic plan to present an international jury between October and November. The URL will not receive public money, but it will be able to opt to this seal of quality. The jury will announce next 30th November the 10 projects out of the 15 who have applied which are more viable.

The objective of the CEI is to promote relations among universities, public and private research centres, companies and other institutions of a same territory to create the so called knowledge ecosystems and to improve the international image of educational centres.

Extract of the article: Six Catalan universities apply to become a campus of Excellence (La Vanguardia, 2/10/09)

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