Santiago de Compostela University
| Santiago de Compostela University |
|One of Spain's top universities|
The University of Santiago de Compostela is a public university located in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. A second campus is located in Lugo, Galicia. It is one of the world's oldest universities in continuous operation.
The university traces its roots back to 1495, when a school was opened in Santiago. In 1504, Pope Julius II approved the foundation of a university in Santiago but "the bull for its creation was not granted by Clement VII until 1526". In 1555 the institute began to separate itself from strictly religious instruction with the help of Cardinal Juan Álvarez de Toledo and started to work towards developing other academic fields, including the emerging science fields.
Today the university's facilities cover more than 130 hectares (320 acres). In terms of human resources, the university has more than 2,000 teachers involved in study and research, over 42,000 students, and more than 1,000 people working in administration and services. Moreover, in 2009, the University received the accreditation of Campus of International Excellence by the Ministry of Education, recognising USC as one of the most prestigious universities in Spain.
- Mariano Rajoy - Prime Minister of Spain (2011-2018) and President of the conservative People's Party (2004-2018)
- Francisco Vázquez Vázquez - Spain Ambassador to the Holy See (2006–2011)and Mayor of the city of A Coruña (1983–2006)
- Cándido Conde-Pumpido - Attorney General of Spain (2004–2011)
- Elena Espinosa - Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fishing (2004–2010)
- Francisco Caamaño Domínguez - Spanish Minister of Justice (2001–2009)
- César Antonio Molina - Spanish Minister of Culture (2007–2009) and writer.
- José Manuel Romay Beccaría - Spanish Minister of Health (1996–2000)
- Abel Caballero - Spanish Minister of Public Works and Transport (1985–1988)and Mayor of the city of Vigo (2007-)
- Alberto Núñez Feijóo - President of Xunta de Galicia (2009-)
- Emilio Pérez Touriño - 4th President of Xunta de Galicia (2005–2009)
- Manuel Fraga - 3rd President of Xunta de Galicia (1990–2005) and founder of the conservative People's Party
- Fernando González Laxe - 2nd President of Xunta de Galicia (1987–1990)
- Gerardo Fernández Albor - 1st President of Xunta de Galicia (1982–1987)
Faculty, Scientists and Writers
- María de los Ángeles Alvariño González - Leading Oceanographer and first female Scientist to work on British and Spanish exploration ships (1916–2005)
- Antonia Ferrín Moreiras mathematician, professor, and the first Galician woman astronomer (1914–2009)
- José Daporta Gozález - Professor of Hygiene and Microbiology as well as a prolific fine arts collector (1911–1989)
- Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao - Writer, artist, politician and medical doctor (1886–1950)
- Xosé Luís Méndez Ferrín - Writer and philologist
- Gonzalo Torrente Ballester - Writer and philosopher (1910–1999)
- Xosé Manuel Beiras - Professor of Economy, politician and writer
- Ramon Otero Pedrayo - Professor of Geography, writer and politician (1888–1976)
- Ricardo Carvalho Calero - Professor of Galician Language and Literature, writer (1910–1990)
- Darío Villanueva Prieto - Professor of Spanish Literature, Director of the Real Academia Española
Alumni on Wikispooks
|Manuel Fraga Iribarne||23 November 1922||15 January 2012||Spain||Politician||Member of both Le Cercle and the 1001 Club.|
|Mariano Rajoy||27 March 1955||Politician|
- Quoted from: Encyclopædia Britannica: A New Survey of Universal Knowledge, 1956. Article "Universities".