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University of Alcalá

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University of Alcalá
Universidad de Alcalá
Coat of arms of the University of Alcalá.svg
Type public
Established 1499[1]
Endowment 160 million EUR
Rector Dr. Fernando Galván
Students 22,836
Location Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain
Campus Urban and Outskirts
Faculty 1,616
Nickname UAH
Affiliations Campus Europae,
University of Alcalá logo.png
The plateresque facade (R. Gil de Hontañón, 1543) of the most recognized building of the university
The plateresque facade (R. Gil de Hontañón, 1543) of the most recognized building of the university
Roofed courtyard of the School of Architecture.
Roofed courtyard of the School of Architecture.

The University of Alcalá (Spanish: Universidad de Alcalá) is a public university located in Alcalá de Henares, a city 35 km (22 miles) northeast of Madrid in Spain and also the third-largest city of the region. It was founded in 1293 as a Studium Generale[2][3] for the public, and was refounded in 1977. The University of Alcalá is especially renowned in the Spanish-speaking world for its annual presentation of the highly prestigious Cervantes Prize. The University currently enrolls 28,336 students, 17,252 of whom are studying undergraduate degrees which are taught by a teaching staff of 2,608 professors, lecturers and researchers belonging to 24 departments. The University is also proud of its modern and efficient administration, which is carried out by the Administration and Services, comprising approximately 800 people.[4]

One of the university's campuses, located in the city center, is housed partly in historic buildings which were once used by the Complutense University of Madrid, which was located in Alcalá from its mediaeval origins until it was moved to Madrid in 1836.

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(music) - I'm super stoked, super super stoked to have Nicolas Alcala here. You're the founder of a company called Future Lighthouse. You were also one of our graduate students in the Singularity Global Solutions Program in 2015, as Abby was. - Yep. - Tell us a bit about Future Lighthouse, it's in VR, so I give it away. This talk will be all geeking out on VR, AR, future of storytelling, super excited. Tell us about Future Lighthouse, what are you doing? - Future Lighthouse, we founded it two years ago, right before going to Singularity, and it's basically, so it started as a content studio, we wanted to tell stories in VR because it's the best medium ever invented to tell stories, and because a new industry and everything was new, you know and I was coming from film and I was like all about trying to break up things and then rethinking how movies are made and how they're distributed. With VR, it was like, hey, we don't need to break anything. We just need to invent it from scratch and think about how we want it to be. So it started as such, but then at the same time, I've always been very connected with technology and I love where technology and storytelling merge, and I believe we tell the stories that we tell thanks to technology. I mean writing, photography, all of those are technologies that have reshaped how we tell stories. So, in the end we are also creating technologies to think about what's next for storytelling. - We talked about this-- I talked about this with a guest about this earlier, like this idea of every new medium in the beginning seems to emulate the old medium, right? How do you break out, and I know that you guys are not emulating the old medium, and you just hinted at this. How do you avoid this? Like how do you like-- - I think with VR, we have a rare gift, because it's so different from the previous ones that from scratch is that you're encouraged to do so. So if you try what do you usually do, it doesn't work. And it's so much fun to bring-- like I was, or I am, a film director, but I've always think differently. It's so much fun when we bring like film makers and writers and people from the traditional video game or film industry, say like, "What do you mean I cannot frame? "What do you mean there is no focus?" It's like, no no no no. And it doesn't work. When you try to do it traditionally, it doesn't work. So it forces you to be novel the whole time and to prototype. That's another fun thing. I came into this with a very technology innovation background, so for me prototyping is the norm. But in film, this is like an unknown thing. - Well it's also really expensive typically, right? - Ah, yes. - I mean, not these days, but until very recently. - So what we've started to do, which in film you usually don't do, is like doing previews like, pre-visualizations of the things that we're gonna do. Or we fake it with like, bad cameras and like cheap cameras and just ourselves but you need to test it out. - So, how do you think the AR movies will look like? Is there such a thing as a VR movie, even? - I don't think we're gonna call them movies. I think there's gonna be experiences that are gonna be more or less interactive. So it's gonna be movies and video games and everything in between but we're not gonna call them movies anymore. Um, there are so many fascinating things that are gonna happen. First of all, I think they're gonna be way more interactive than they are right now. Immersive, of course, you're gonna feel like you're inside of them. But, you're gonna start to have characters that react to you. Characters that are AI-driven and when you actually do something, they react to your emotions. - In a lot of ways we have this in computer games today, right? - Yes, they're not really smart yet. - I mean, in a somewhat primitive way. - Exactly. In the future, so what I see is that we're not gonna be filming the real world anymore. Like, in about eight to 10 years everything's gonna be CGI-generated. You're not gonna be able to tell the difference between that and like, live version, real. So, everything we're gonna do with the computer so it can be modified in real-time. And you are gonna be able to like, change the background and change the sky, and the characters are gonna react to you. And, one thing that we're working on which I believe is going to be the absolute future of entertainment is what we call reactive content. So, it's content that is not only interactive because you have an input and you do something, but also because it knows who you are. So you'll add inputs like your age, your sex, your location, what colors you love, what kind of music. And we're gonna analyze your Spotify and say, you know what, for these speeds in which we want relaxing music, let's analyze what music you listen to after 8:00 p.m., which is when you finish work, and then put something that is similar to that as the background music. - I tell you, when you look at my Spotify list, all the movies I will watch will be really, really weird and trippy. So I'm a little distracted by this. Do you think we will still have movies? Movies as in the two-dimensional version and the collective experience of us going into a movie theater. Like the Star Wars premiere where we all queue and like... - So, movies, per se, eventually I think will disappear. The same way-- I mean, there will be some, the same way we still have some black and white films or silent films, but it's gonna be a rare thing, it's not gonna be the norm. The collective experience, for sure, it's gonna have a different shape. It's gonna have a shape in which you're gonna have mixed-reality experiences, like The Void is doing, where you're going to go to a place and you're gonna be physically with your friends but in a virtual reality where you're all interacting. Or, you're gonna have the social experience, virtually. So you're still gonna connect with somebody on the other side of the world and experience a film and you're gonna watch it from one of the character's perspective and I'm gonna watch it from the other one and we're gonna share the experience way more than we do in a movie theater. In a movie theater I am looking at the film and I'm not looking at you, I'm not talking to you. We talk about it afterwards. But if we are both inside the film, and each one of us is a character, and we can influence what the other one is seeing or experiencing, that's social for real. - Interesting. And do you think the medium will be... So VR today is the typically tethered headset, it's pretty clunky, it's not super-comfortable to wear for really long periods of time, it's kind of anti-social. What do you think the hardware side of it-- where does that evolve? Because it needs to evolve, right? I really can't see us wearing these things-- - A hundred percent. This is a matter of how much time it's gonna take. What I see is first of all, what I see is that there is not gonna be a difference between AR and VR. You know, we continue saying "VR is that, because AR is--" it's the same thing. It's just how many layers you have in front of reality. So it's gonna be the same device. You're gonna go from AR to VR like that. Depends on the app that you're working on. So now we're gonna have a conversation. Let's go to Bali and have that in VR. But now we're having an interview so let's have a mixed-reality in which I am a hologram but we're seeing the background. So, same device, that's for sure. Same kind of content, same platforms. Eventually that will evolve to contact lenses, something very light, and eventually, what I think it makes more sense-- so we try to emulate how we feel. We're using all the haptic technologies to feel, but the whole body, that's a pretty big organ. It's very difficult to mimic how you feel by touching, smelling, hearing... What I feel, is that it's way easier, once we solve how the brain works, it's gonna be way easier to tap into our optical nerve and say to the brain, this is what you need to see. And that's what I envision the future of AR to be. That's in, I duuno, 25, 30 years? But, it's gonna happen. - So David Roberts, who's faculty here at Singularity University, I think he spoke yesterday here at the conference. In one of his talks he also talks about this idea that the virtual reality, the virtual world, will be better than our own reality. Higher resolution, we will have capabilities which we don't have in our physical embodiment and thus we might choose to live our lives in those virtual realities. Is that a pos-- I mean it brings up this, oh wow, this is like The Matrix. Particularly if you think about the neo frontal cortex, brain-computer interfaces, et cetera. - That's definitely gonna happen at some point, at least it's a possibility. Not sure if we're all gonna get there. There's a lot of philosophical implications and it's fine because I got deeper and deeper in the philosophy behind VR and every time since starting out this year it's like, I'm here and we're discussing about going to explore the planets and going, like expanding. When I think about it's much more likely, with the exponential curve of technology, that in 40 or 50 years we're able to download our conscience into a virtual reality made for ourselves that has infinite possibilities in which we are gods. Because we can control every outcome of it and we just live in multiple universes that we go and expand and create Dyson spheres to control energy. It's like, why would you do that? Which is one of my favorite Fermi paradox explanations. If you can create a virtual reality that simulates this and it's ten times better and you don't need your body anymore, why would we... You know, this is what we agree to call reality. It might as well be a simulation that we still don't know the code for. - (laughs) For sure. That's gets us into a deep rabbit hole which we can spend the next year or so on. I'm curious, so this is a conversation about VR. I think it's important to understand it's not a conversation about just story-telling and media. And you actually made an interesting, bold statement, where you said that you predict that VR will affect half the world's industry within a decade. Can you elaborate a little on this? What does this mean? - Well, first of all there is a lot of industries that are directly affected by it like medicine or education or transportation-- well, transportation, no, but like teaching people how to use things. Entertainment, for sure. So all of those are gonna get disrupted by VR because it makes more sense to experience those things. In VR it's cheaper to produce, you can massively put it out there, you can learn way more, and it enhances our human experience. At the same time I think VR has the capability to start changing our minds. To start changing who we are as human beings. And this is, again, getting deep into philosophical realm but in the end if I'm able to transport you to 2,000 years ago and trick your brain into thinking you're actually there and you spend there like five hours, or 12 hours, or five days. For your brain, you've actually been there. So you've traveled back in time. I can also do that forward. I can connect you with beings that you love that are not there anymore. So, reality becomes something that is not so certain. And that will definitely affect how we see the world, how we connect with each other. It's the same thing that happens with psychedelics. It's like, a different reality that shows you things that you wouldn't even think they existed and it will give you a different perspective on life, on who you are. I always use this example: since the invention of the microscope, we didn't know that in every cell of our skin there was a million other beings. Same thing with the telescope. We thought we were the center of the universe until we got technology to see that we're something else. So, I feel VR is gonna make us reassess who we are. And that will obviously impact social, political, every kind of thing. - Those are really deep questions my friend, this is amazing. I'm curious, you're doing stuff today. You won a bunch of prizes for films you actually have produced which you have made and you're going to Venice, correct? To the Venice Film Festival. - Yes. - Tell us a little bit about this. Tell also our audience, where do they find your work? Because I'm pretty sure everybody's sitting there with their Google Cardboard now and is like, oh my god I want to experience this! - So the things that we're working-- as I said, we decided to start on the content side as a studio to figure out the storytelling side of it and now we're diving into technology. So we've been working with big Hollywood studios to produce their VR films for additional regional content as well. Mostly you can see our work at film festivals, like the Italy Venice Film Festival or any other of the big ones. But it's also on any VR platform. You can go to the Oculus store, to Steam, or to Daydream and you're gonna find our content there. - So they have to look for what, to find it? - Future Lighthouse in any of the VR distribution sites. - So Lighthouse on all the content platforms? - Yeah. - And tell us a little bit about the-- you have made two, quote unquote, feature films, right? - Say what, sorry? - Two like, feature films, quote unquote, in VR, right? Like you have two pieces which have one significant prices. - We have premiered one already called Tomorrow which is actually-- I wrote that one while I was at DSP and it's a pretty cool one because it about VR as a new language. Not a technology but a new language, something that will teach us new words to understand a new reality. That one can even be watched on YouTube. It's a five-minute, small piece but it's very touching into the subject of singularity. - [Pascal] So that's Tomorrow, right? - That's called Tomorrow and the other two original productions that we have produced are Melita and Ray. Those will both premiere next month at the Venice Film Festival and Rathaus Film Festival. - That's awesome. Alright, let me ask you one last personal question, and it's a yes or no answer. - Okay. - So, with everything we have talked about is this here already a simulation? Or is this real, as in real? - The answer I would say, the short, is yes. The slightly longer is, we have way many more chances of being a simulation than not. I want to believe. (futuristic music)



Studium Generale

On May 20 of 1293, the king Sancho IV of Castile granted license to archbishop of Toledo Gonzalo García Gudiel to create a Studium Generale (as the university studies were then called through Europe) in Alcalá de Henares, "with the same frankness for teachers and students, which were granted to General Study of Valladolid".[5] These studies, although quite modest, survived through time to link with the Cisneros refoundation. On July 17, 1459 Pope Pius II granted a bull, requested by the archbishop Alfonso Carrillo de Acuña, "for the erection of three Cathedras of Arts and Grammar in this study of Alcalá".[6][7] These last chatedras, subsisting of that General Study of the 13th century, were integrated by Cisneros into the "new" university.[8]


In 1499, Cardinal Cisneros founded a university in Alcalá de Henares. This university is known in historiography in different ways: Complutense University, Cisneriana University, University of Alcalá ... and reached, together with the University of Salamanca, a pre-eminent place among the Castilian universities during the Golden Age. However, it later entered a period of decline until in 1836 the government decreed its transfer to Madrid, renamed Central University of Madrid. This, in 1970, adopted the name of Complutense University of Madrid. The Complutense University of Madrid, in accordance with such historical trajectory, shows continuity with the university founded by Cisneros in 1499.[9][10][11][12][13]

Move to Madrid

By a royal order of 29 October 1836, Queen Regent Maria Christina ordered The University to move to Madrid, where they took the name of Literary University and, in 1851, the Central University of Madrid. The University would be known under this name until its original name of "Complutense" was restored in the 1970s.


In 1975, after years of the buildings passing between various businesses, Complutense University opened its Alcalá branch as a means to decongest its growing student population. In 1977, the university was re-founded as "the University of Alcalá de Henares," which later was shortened to "the University of Alcalá" in 1996. In 1998 Unesco named it a World Heritage site.[14][15][16][17][18]

Today's University of Alcalá preserves its traditional humanities faculties, a testimony to the university's special efforts, past and present, to promote and diffuse the Spanish language through both its studies and the Cervantes Prize, which is awarded annually by the King and Queen of Spain in the elegant sixteenth-century Paraninfo (Great Hall). The University has added to its time-honoured education in the humanities and social sciences new degree subjects in scientific fields such as health sciences or engineering, spread out across its different sites (the Alcalá Campus, the Science and Technology Campus and Guadalajara), all of which, together with the Science and Technology Park, are a key factor in its projection abroad, while also acting as a dynamo for activities in its local region.

Spanish language programs

Because of its rich tradition in the humanities, the University of Alcalá offers several programs in Spanish language and literature. Alcalingua, a Department of the University of Alcalá, offers Spanish language and culture courses to foreigners and develops materials for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. The University of Alcalá, together with EDUESPAÑA, grants the CEELE, Certificado de Calidad en la Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera (Quality Certificate for Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language).

International agreements

The University of Alcalá is a party to various bilateral agreements with institutions in non-European countries, above all with universities in Latin America and the USA. Some of these agreements stipulate exchanges for first and second stage students. Like Erasmus Programme students, foreign students who take advantage of these exchange schemes are exempt of payment of tuition fees to the University of Alcalá, though they must meet their own costs of travel, accommodation and upkeep. Application to take part in these exchanges should be carried out in the university of origin. Once selected, the university of origin will inform the University of Alcalá.

Undergraduate studies

The University of Alcalá offers degrees in five branches of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, Sciences, Health Sciences, and Engineering and Architecture. Its approximately 20,000 undergraduate students are spread across its three campuses:[19]

Arts & Humanities

  • Bachelor's Degree in English Studies (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Hispanic Studies
  • Bachelor's Degree in History
  • Bachelor's Degree in Humanities
  • Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages Applied to Translation (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages Applied to Translation. Guadalajara (Bilingual Spanish-English)

Health Sciences

  • Bachelor's Degree in Health Biology
  • Bachelor's Degree in Medicine
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Guadalajara
  • Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physiotherapy

Architecture & Engineering

  • Bachelor's Degree in Basics of Architecture and Town Planning
  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications Electronic Engineering (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering
  • Bachelor's Degree in Electronics and Industrial Automation Engineering (Partially bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunication Systems Engineering (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunication Technologies Engineering (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Telematics Engineering (Bilingual Spanish-English)

Law & Social Sciences

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance
  • Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Communication
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management. Guadalajara
  • Bachelor's Degree in Economics
  • Bachelor's Degree in Economics and International Business
  • Bachelor's Degree in Infant Education
  • Bachelor's Degree in Infant Education. Cardenal Cisneros Associated School
  • Bachelor's Degree in Infant Education. Cardenal Cisneros Associated School (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law and Business Administration and Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education. Cardenal Cisneros Associated School
  • Bachelor's Degree in Primary Education. Cardenal Cisneros Associated School (Bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Education. Cardenal Cisneros Associated School
  • Bachelor's Degree in Tourism
  • Bachelor's Degree in Tourism and Business Administration and Management



The University of Alcalá has three campuses:[20]

The historical campus in the city center

Colegio de Málaga (Faculty of Philosophy and Letters)
Colegio de Málaga (Faculty of Philosophy and Letters)

This campus occupies, among others, the buildings formerly used by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid when it was itself the Universidad de Alcalá. It includes the main administration building, the Faculties of Philosophy and Arts, Law, Economics and Business, and Documentation, as well as the Technical School of Architecture and Geodesy. Also located in the historical campus are Alcalingua (the University's Spanish language school), the Benjamin Franklin North American Studies University Research Institute, the Research Institute of Economic and Social Analysis, the Police Sciences University Research Institute, the Postgraduate School, the Institute of Educational Sciences, the Cisneros International Center for Historical Studies, the Cervantes Research Center, the Foreign Languages Center, the Institute of Business Organization and Management, the International Financial Training Center Foundation and the General Foundation of the University.

The Science and Technology Campus

Polytechnic School
Polytechnic School

This campus includes the Faculties of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Physiotherapy, as well as the School of Computer Engineering and the Polytechnic School. The students’ Residence Halls (the University Residential City and the Giner de los Ríos University Residence) are also located in this campus, as well as sports facilities, the Botanical Garden, Computer Services, numerous research centers and the Science and Technology Park.

Guadalajara Campus

Multidepartamental building
Multidepartamental building

The "Multidepartamental" building is home to the Faculties of Tourism and Nursing, and the Schools of Business Studies and Architecture. The Faculty of Education offers degrees in Audiovisual Communication and Modern Languages and Translation (the latter can also be studied at the historical campus in Alcalá).

Doctor Honoris Causa

Notable teachers

  • Eduardo José Acosta Méndez: Philosopher, historian, traductor, etc. He was a researcher of Socrates and Epicuro. Professor of Greek philosophy at University of Alcalá until his death.
  • Mateo Alemán: Novelist and writer. Studied at Alcalá.
  • Joaquín Almunia Amann: is a Spanish politician. He was a teacher in labor law and social security.
  • Diego de Argumosa: Surgeon. The first to use ether as an anesthesia in Spain in 1847.
  • Rodrigo de Balbín Behrmann: A pre-historian specializing in Spanish and Megalithic Paleolithic art. Current professor at University of Alcalá.
  • Juan José Bautista Martín (Juan y Medio): An entrepreneur, comedian, presenter, actor, psychologist and Spanish lawyer. Studied Bachelor of Law at the University of Alcalá.
  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca: Studied logic and rhetoric at University of Alcalá.
  • Juan Caramuel Lobkowitz: He was a philosopher, mathematician, logician and linguist Spanish Cistercian monk. He studied humanities and philosophy at the University of Alcalá.
  • Jaime Castro Castro: Lawyer, writer, politician and statesman in Colombia. Studied at University of Alcalá.
  • Francisco Javier Ceballos Sierra: is a writer and Professor in the area of Architecture and Computer Technology at the University of Alcalá. He is known for his books on programming languages C / C + C, C #, Java, Visual Basic.
  • Francisco Comín Comín: Professor of History and Economics Institution at UAH. National Prize of History. Doctor of Economics.
  • José Antonio Conde: Orientalist and historian. Educated at the University of Alcalá.
  • Francisco Díaz de Alcalá: Studied medicine and became a professor at University of Alcalá. Author of the first case of urology.
  • Fernando Esteve Chueca: Botanic Professor at UAH.
  • Alonso García Matamoros: Rhetoric professor at University of Alcalá for 22 years.
  • Luis García-San Miguel Rodríguez-Arango: Professor emeritus at the University of Alcalá. Professor of Philosophy of Law, he was a researcher and author of numerous publications.
  • Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda: Humanist, philosopher and theologian. Studied at University of Alcalá Arts and Theology.
  • Paúl Granda López: Mayor of the City of Cuenca (Ecuador). Studied at the University of Alcalá.
  • Juan Huarte de San Juan: Physician and psychologist. Received his doctorate in medicine in Alcalá de Henares.
  • Manuel Jesús Lagares Calvo: Economist, State Treasury Inspector and Honorary Professor at University of Alcalá.
  • Friar Luis de León: Student of Hebrew and Biblical interpretation at the University of Alcalá de Henares.
  • Jon Juaristi Linacero: Poet, novelist, essayist and traductor euskera-castellano. He is a Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Alcalá.
  • Melchor de Liñán y Cisneros: Studied Arts and Theology. Cisneros chose him to teach theology for 20 years.
  • María Blanca de Lizaur Guerra: Works as a researcher specializing in cultural studies, communication, literature and as a writer. Holds a Ph.D. in philology from the University of Alcalá.
  • Ignatius of Loyola: Studied theology and Latin in the University of Alcalá.
  • Tomás Mancha Navarro: Spanish economist and Professor of Applied Economy at UAH since 1992. Director of University Institute of Economic and Social Analysis (IAES).
  • Juan de Mariana: Jesuit priest, Scholastic, historian, and member of the Monarchomachs. Studied Arts and Teology at the University of Alcalá.
  • Ignacio Martínez Mendizábal: Spanish paleontologist. He is a Professor of paleontology in the Geology department at University of Alcalá.
  • Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos: Author, philosopher and statesman.
  • Francisco de Mendoza y Bobadilla: Studied Latin, Greek and Hebrew at the University of Alcala.
  • Tirso de Molina: Studied at Alcalá de Henares, was a Spanish Baroque dramatist, a poet and a Roman Catholic monk.
  • Arias Montano: orientalist and editor of the Antwerp Polyglot.
  • José Luis Moralejo Álvarez: is a Latin traductor. Since 1991 he has been a professor of Latin Philology at University of Alcalá.
  • Francisco Moreno Fernández: Professor of Spanish language. He was Director of Cervantes Institute in São Paulo and Chicago.
  • Antonio de Nebrija: Professorship of poetry and grammar at University of Alcalá, best known for writing a grammar of the Castilian language.
  • Manuel Peinado Lorca: Biologist and politician. Professor of environmental science since 1988.
  • José Manuel Pedrosa Bartolomé: Philosopher and folklorist. He is a professor at the University of Alcalá.
  • Antonio Pérez: Statesman, secretary of King Philip II of Spain. Attended the most prestigious universities such as Alcalá de Henares.
  • Diego Pérez de Mesa: Cathedral Professor of mathematics in University of Alcalá.
  • Francisco de Quevedo: Poet and politician.
  • Andrés Manuel del Río: Scientist and naturalist. Studied at University of Alcalá de Henares and discovered compounds of vanadium.
  • Francisco Vallés de Covarrubias: "Divino Vallés" Professor of medicine. The first in Alcalá to teach medicine for the body. He is buried in the chapel of Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso in Alcalá de Henares.
  • Lope de Vega: Playwright and poet.
  • Santo Tomás de Villanueva: Was from the first promotion of the University of Alcalá and the first saint who studied in the UAH. He has a square dedicated to him as a result.
  • Gabriel Tortella Casares: is a Spanish economist and historian, specialist in economic history of the modern age. King Juan Carlos Economics Prize 1994. Is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of Alcalá de Henares.

Facilities and other services

The University of Alcalá is spread across three main sites:

  • The renovated 16th and 17th century buildings located in the city centre of Alcalá de Henares are home to studies in the traditional fields of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, as well as to the School of Architecture.
  • Health Sciences, specialised experimental sciences, and the new technologies are found in faculties and university schools built from scratch on the campus just outside the city of Alcalá de Henares.
  • Part of its recent process of expansion, the development of the Guadalajara Campus deserves special mention. Here, as well as the long-standing Escuela de Magisterio (primary education teacher-training college) and the Castilla-La Mancha Health Service Nursing College, both attached to the University, may be found the Multi-departmental Building, which is home for Technical Architecture, Business Science, and Tourism.

The University of Alcalá has a network of 14 libraries spread across its three campuses. They offer extended hours year-round and during exam periods they never close.

The university also offers a wide range of sporting activities, including aikido, archery, badminton, fencing, rugby and yoga. There are also courses in snorkelling, horseriding and mountaineering, as well as other popular sports such as football.

The university has a hall for music, dance, theatre or flamenco, as well as the university choir, "Tuna" (a traditional student music group), and the Film Club.


Many buildings on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas borrow architectural elements from those found at the University of Alcalá.[21]

See also


  1. ^ [1] (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Complutense University of Madrid". Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  3. ^ "Univeridad de Alcala".
  4. ^ "Datos y cifras 2012/2013. University of Alcalá. UAH" (PDF) (in Spanish).
  5. ^ Privilege of Sancho IV creating the General Studies in the town of Alcalá de Henares. Royal letter to Archbishop Gonzalo García de Gudiel. Valladolid: 05/20/1293. Original in the National Historical Archive, Universidades section, folder 1, Document s/n.
  6. ^ Alonso Carrillo, archbishop of Toledo, awards the first three cathedras of the Alcalá de Henares Studies. Alcalá de Henares: 09/17/1473. Original in the National Historical Archive, Universities, 1097 F, fols. 27v.-28v.
  7. ^ Pope Pius II. Papal Bull providing the three chatedras created in Alcalá by Archbishop Alonso Carrillo de Acuña. Papal bull Cum aliarum verum distributio. Mantua: 07/17/1459 Original in the National Historical Archive, Universidades section, book 1095-F, pp. 9v-11r.
  8. ^ The legacy of the medieval university. Biblioteca Histórica Marqués de Valdecilla. Exhibitions 500 años de la Bula Cisneriana. June 13, 1999.
  9. ^ Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Reseña histórica
  10. ^ Universidad Complutense de Madrid: de la Edad Media al III milenio, Editorial Complutense, 2002
  11. ^ Universidad Central
  12. ^ Universidad Central
  13. ^ Fernández Fernández C. Un documento para la historia de la Universidad de Alcalá. Revista General de Información y Documentación. 1998; 8(2):241-57.
  14. ^ Madrid, Universidad de Alcala (UAH) -. "Universidad de Alcala (UAH) - Madrid". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "" (PDF).
  18. ^ "Universidad de Alcala".
  19. ^ "Undergraduated studies. University of Alcalá, International site UAH".
  20. ^ "Guide for International Students University of Alcalá UAH" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-07-14. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  21. ^ Barrick, Nolan (1985). Texas Tech... The Unobserved Heritage. Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press. pp. 18, 23. ISBN 0-89672-125-6.

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