Castelló de la Plana, Spain
Universitat Jaume I (UJI) came into being as a higher education and research centre on 27 February 1991 to meet the unanimous social demand in the Castelló area. It was also the fruit of a tradition in education inherited from the Teacher Training studies at the old University College of Castelló (Col·legi Universitari de Castelló, CUC), which dated from 1969. In its first year, the ten lecturers at the CUC gave classes to 21 Science students and 85 from Philosophy and Arts. The CUC became part of the Universitat de València at the end of 1979.
The seeds of what is now UJI were sown in December 1989, when the President of the Valencian Regional Government at that time, Joan Lerma, announced the creation of a new university in Castelló. A year later, on 15 October 1990, the Valencian regional government named Professor Francesc Michavila as director of the project to set up Universitat Jaume I, and it finally came into being thanks to a law that was passed with the approval of all the political parties that made up the Valencian Regional Parliament. The main aim of the new institution was to extend its teaching and research activities to the whole of the northern part of the Valencian Community.
The first academic year got underway in September 1991 and the centre was officially opened with a speech given by the Nobel Chemistry Prize winner, Professor Aaron Klug. From the moment it was set up, UJI has strived to become a modern, high quality university with a clearly European orientation, whose purpose is to attain a level of excellence in the teaching, research and services it offers society.
Universitat Jaume I is currently the leading higher education and research centre in the north of the Valencian Community and it is continually seeking to enhance the social, economic and cultural development of the society in which it is immersed through the creation and transmission of knowledge. In this sense UJI has always wanted to play an active role, as shown by initiatives such as the opening of new off-campus offices in the different areas throughout the province of Castelló, its extra-mural activities, or its collaboration with the UJI Alumni and Friends Society (SAUJI).
Today, Universitat Jaume I has consolidated itself as a dynamic and enterprising university. There are currently 28 degree and diploma courses available to about 13 500 students. These figures allow the University to offer its students personalized attention and to remain free of the problems of overcrowding so often suffered by other universities. Its new and attractive single campus, which is well linked with the town of Castelló, helps to maintain this policy by encouraging closer human relationships.
Universitat Jaume I teaches new, flexible and competitive curricula and programmes of study that enable students to satisfactorily cope with every challenge set by modern society. The interdisciplinary nature of Universitat Jaume I guarantees students' autonomy and increases their chances of getting a job in the future thanks to work placements for all students enrolled at our University.
Being fully aware that communication and creativity are the most important instruments for the future, Universitat Jaume I is a pioneer in the use of the new information technologies. Indeed, UJI was the first academic institution in Spain to become part of the World Wide Web (WWW) and to develop a browser that could be used to search for information on the Internet. This browser went on to become one of the most widely used in Spain. Universitat Jaume I is also the first university to have a Centre for Education and New Technologies (Centre d'Educació i Noves Tecnologies, CENT), which is currently taken as a reference in Europe.
This effort to keep ourselves in the vanguard of science and technology is complemented with a humanist education that helps students to complete their training as professionals and as citizens. Likewise, Universitat Jaume I responds to the ever-changing needs and demands of society by offering a diversified, flexible programme of studies that emphasizes creativity, combines basic and applied research, and offers support to emerging groups from an assortment of disciplines.
Furthermore, in order to improve the teaching quality, UJI is the first university in Spain to install in each one of its lecture rooms, audiovisual equipment and computers provided with Internet connection incorporated into the lecturers tables.
The Library congregates and administers all the bibliographic, documental and audiovisual material that enters the University. As well as books related with the subjects taught here, there are also books for free time reading, specialized journals, general information newspapers, and video material in VHS and DVD formats. Most of the collection in the library can be freely accessed.
Office for International and Educational Cooperation (OCIE)
At Universitat Jaume I the OCIE is responsible for organizing and supervising:
* international programmes and agreements that the University has with other countries and with Spanish and international organisations, through the Academic Exchange Area, and
* work placements in companies, which are a compulsory subject in all courses offered at UJI, and other occupational development programmes. These are run through the Career Development Area.
The Office offers information about exchange programmes, such as the Erasmus and Leonardo Programme, the SICUE-Seneca Programme and other international programmes.
The Office is also responsible for receiving and advising students and lecturers and puts them in contact with their academic tutors. During their stay here, it holds meetings with UJI students through the Mentor Programme and orientation sessions. We keep in touch with our visitors by e-mail.
The purpose of the Sports Service is to contribute to a complete education of students and staff, and offer them the chance to take part in sports activities as a complement to their purely academic work.
The basic structure of the activities offered by the Sports Service is built around four main axes: competition, training, keeping fit and improving health, and promotion and dissemination of physical activity and sports.
About 50 different activities are currently on offer, including: athletics, basketball, aerobics, rugby, tennis, sailing, scuba diving, karate, swimming, skiing, sports education courses, and so on. A small annual fee is charged for each of the different activities.
Specialized courses are also run on a regular basis to provide training as an indoor football referee, swimming instructor, etc.
Educational Support Unit (USE)
This unit coordinates the evaluation of the courses and the training of academic staff, as well as academic and career guidance, and information about the University.
The Guidance Office, which is a part of the USE, is a service that offers students, academic and administrative staff guidance on academic and career matters, as well as educational psychology. Students can make an appointment and receive guidance on an individualized basis.
Universitat Jaume I has a health centre available to the University community on the Riu Sec campus. This centre is intended to answer to the basic health care needs that may come about at our University.
This centre, which has a doctor and a registered nurse on standby, can be used by both UJI students and staff.
It offers the following services:
* First aid care for any kind of accident, e.g. falls, cuts, bleeding, broken bones, loss of consciousness, etc.
* Care of occupational accidents and illnesses
* First aid for common ailments, such as headaches, mild upsets, etc.
* Checking chronic processes, such as high blood pressure.
* Information and guidance about medical matters and problems, e.g. smoking, sexually transmitted diseases, aids, and so on.
Spain consists of a number of different nationalities and regions organized in 17 Autonomous Communities. Universitat Jaume I is located in Castelló, one of the provinces that go to make up the Valencian Community, and the Valencian Community is within the area that speaks both Catalan (also called Valencian in the Valencian Community) and Castilian (also called Spanish).
Universitat Jaume I uses Catalan as its 'mother tongue', and this is the language used on an institutional and administrative level. Both Catalan and Spanish are used in teaching and teaching staff and students have the right to choose which language they want to express themselves in. The extent to which each language is used varies from course to course, but overall around 20% of classes are in Catalan. The proximity between Romance languages means that a student who has some knowledge of one Romance language can soon follow classes given in Catalan.
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