Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Official translation into English (if original is not English): 
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Mailing address: 
0034 91 497 4144
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Rafael Garesse Alarcón
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email: 
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Margarita Alfaro Amieiro
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Institutional Relations, Social Responsability and Culture
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Focal point 2 - Name: 
Silvia Arias Careaga
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Director of the Office for Solidarity and Cooperation
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Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a public university with an outstanding international reputation for its high-quality teaching and research. Founded in 1968, it has been generally recognized as one of the best Spanish universities in both national and international rankings. UAM has the folowing Faculties/Schools: Science, Economics and Business Studies, Law, Art and Philosophy, Medicine, Psychology, Teachers´ Training and Education, an Engineering School for Computer Science and several affiliated centres, offering a wide range of studies in humanities and scientific and technical fields. Currently it has about 28,000 students, about 2,800 professors and researchers and nearly 1,000 administrative staff. UAM has a distinguished reputation in research: in 2009 it was awarded the recognition of “Campus of International Excellence UAM+CSIC”, a joint project with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The support and development of high quality research have been among its objectives, and it has been rewarded with international recognition. These achievements have been attained thanks to its highly-valued research teams and research institutes. The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) boasts a large experience in the management of international mobility, educational and research programs in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the VII Framework Programm for Research, and EuropeAid. Currently UAM is coordinator and partner in Erasmus+ projects in Key Action 1, Key Action 2 (Capacity Building and Strategic Partnerships) and Key Action 3. Thanks to this experience we have consolidated links and improved knowledge and expertise regarding the running of this type of projects.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
The Office for Solidarity and Cooperation, is part of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor's Office for Institutional Relations, Social Responsability and Culture. It was created in October 2002 as the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid's institutional commitment to effectively organise any activities undertaken for the sensitization, training and promotion of values and attitudes, based on co-operation, solidarity and justice, thus constituting a reference point in this field for the entire university community, while remaining open to other entities, bodies and groups. The Office is, in addition, a meeting point for listening to and receiving any suggestions that students, teachers and administrative and service staff may want to make, while maintaining its own, very defined line of work, intervention and action. Objectives of the Office for Solidarity and Cooperation: 1. To provide the tools and mechanisms needed to channel the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid's commitment as an institution with a social responsibility. 2. To develop and promote its own university policy in the area of solidarity, university co-operation for development and care for the disabled. 3. To guarantee a stable institutional structure that should become a reference point for the demands and concerns of the University community in the field of solidarity, generating the necessary spaces for debate and reflection. 4. To increase the participation and sensitisation of the University community towards initiatives related with solidary action, equal opportunities, sustainable human development, the encouragement of critical thinking and the creation of a culture of peace and tolerance. 5. To represent and ensure the presence and participation of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in local and international forums and meetings, as a socially committed university institution. 6. To co-ordinate and propose initiatives, actions and projects related to teaching, training and research, which should let the university show itself as a plural institution committed to solidarity . 7. To guarantee the development of the current legislation and the commitments entered into as a university, in the care of students with disabilities, in university co-operation to development matters (CUD), in the promotion of university voluntary work, etc. 8. To develop a model of action to encourage networking with other universities and the relations with other public and private institutions working under the same objectives. Besides the Office for Solidarity and Cooperation, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid has several Research Institutes over its campus that sides with the route of provide Higher education opportunity for every interested individual; Sustainability or Global citizenship. For further information: http://www.uam.es/UAM/Institutos-Universitarios-de-Investigación/1242667526847.htm?nodepath=Institutos%20Universitarios%20y%20Centros%20de%20Investigaci%C3%B3n