The University of Alicante (UA) was created in 1979. Today it educates and trains more than 36.000 students -2.500 of them are international students - and offers more than 80 undergraduate and 96 postgraduate programmes: consequently it is proportionally one of the fastest growing universities in Spain. The UA houses 227 research groups in Social and Legal Sciences, Experimental Sciences, Technological Sciences, Human Sciences, Education and Health Sciences and 15 Research Institutes (Water & Environment, Materials, Electrochemistry, Biodiversity, Chemical Processes and Organic Synthesis, and Modern Languages, among others). Thus, the UA employs over 2.400 researchers/ professors and has a complex management /administration structure of 1.300 people, which involves an annual budget of 175 million Euros.
Moreover, it is considered to be a point of reference for many companies to which the University provides technical assistance, technology transfer, customized training programmes, post-graduate studies and cooperates in many R&D programmes. In 2014 the University generated an income of near 13.6 million Euros from research funded projects on a National, Regional, European level and private level. It is also an appreciated reference point for international relations.
The University owns an Industrial Experimentation Area and provides a range of research technical services such as Pilot Plants, Laboratories, Data Process Centre, Advanced Information and Documentation Systems, European Data Centre, Science Park, Employment Advisory Office, Business Training Area, Technology Transfer Office, Lifelong learning Centre, Doctorate School, Gender Equality Unit and Ethics Committee.