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José Santiago Fernández VázquezVice President of Coordination and Communications

José Santiago Fernández Vázquez (Madrid, 1973) is a graduate (1995) and holds a Doctorate (2001) in English Philology. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern Philology at University of Alcalá.

He has over ten years of experience in university management. He has been Secretary of the Department of Modern Philology (2002-2005), President of the English Philology Self-assessment Committee (2004-2005), Inspection Services Assistant (2005-2006) and Director of Bachelor’s Degree Curricula at the University of Alcalá (2006-2010). He has held the post of Vice President of Coordination and Communications since March 2010.

University of Alcalá

The University of Alcalá was founded in 1499 as a new educational project by Cardinal Cisneros, the Regent of Spain. Steeped in history, the University today is a medium-sized modern institution, and acknowledged as a model to be imitated in Europe and America. In addition to classical humanistic studies and the social sciences, the University of Alcalá has incorporated the most modern qualifications in all scientific fields, such as health sciences and the various engineering sciences spread across its campuses, which with the Science and Technology Park are a decisive factor in its international profile and a boost to business in our region.

The recognised quality of its studies, the development of important research lines, its international relations, the artistic-historical interest of its iconic buildings, its new and modern facilities and its complete adaptation toe the demands of today’s labour market place at the forefront of public universities.

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Acknowledged as a model tobe imitated in Europe and America

The University of Alcala considers international partnerships to play a vital role in furthering research and education; it has 750 agreements globally, with 1,500 placements in 155 countries, and these include:

Erasmus Student Exchange Agreements, an EU-centred exchange programme with 927 partners.

Double Degree Agreements for Undergraduates, Masters, and PhDs in France, Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, China, Brazil, Ireland, Bolivia, Italy, Tunisia, Sweden, and Columbia.

Mission and vision

  • The comprehensive training of students and their personal and professional development through high-quality teaching, the creation, and transmission of knowledge, and the dissemination of science and culture
  • To be a leading university in the international context, committed to society, inclusive and open to the world, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and the training of citizens by means of quality teaching, excellence in research, and the promotion of ethical and socially responsible attitudes
  • Values:
    • Proximity
    • Quality, Excellence and Innovation
    • International Vocation
    • Social Commitment

A university open to the world


Active researchers


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The University is firmly committed to research as the engine of innovation and change, It is ranked among Spain’s top universities in terms of number of doctoral theses, patents and research outputs.

Through its Science and Technology Park, the university fosters relations between the academic world and the business community, thus fomenting the creating of innovative companies in R+D intensive sectors.

In collaboration with Spain’s Council for Scientific Research, the university is host to the Prince of Asturias Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Ramon y Cajal Institute of Biomedicine in collaboration with the Madrid Regional Government, the Madrid Institute for Advanced Water Research.

Through its own institutes and other research supported centres, the university gives its backing to interdisciplinary research in the fields of the social sciences and humanities. The university boasts four associated teaching hospitals where students may do their internships.

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