University of Alcalá

Posted on Mar 22, 2017

The World100 Representative

José Santiago Fernández Vázquez - Vice 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.

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.


Key facts about University of Alcala



Associate Member since 2017



29,000 students, including 20,000 undergraduates



2,389 teachers, researchers, administrative and service staff 



38 official degree courses


About the University of Alcala

The University of Alcala 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 Alcala 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.

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 undergraduate students are spread across its three campuses: Historical campus, the science and technology campus and the Guadalajara campus (25 kilometres to the east).

International Partnerships

The University of Alcala considers international partnerships to play a vital role in furtherign 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 that 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.

Summer Grant Agreements and lectorate agreements.

Notable Research Areas

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.