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Alliance 4 Universities

Alliance of 4 Universities

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Research & Academic, Technological and Innovative Excellence

A-4U is an Alliance that has been set up between four leading Spanish public Universities, two in Madrid (Autónoma University of Madrid and Universidad Carlos III) and two in Barcelona (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra), with excellent results in scientific research, who stand out as beacons of academic quality and who are deeply committed to their international profile. The principal objective of this Alliance is to promote international academic excellence through joint actions in fields related to research, international and academic mobility of students, researchers and teaching staff, and to encourage international relations.
A-4U also aims to promote a broad range of graduate and postgraduate programmes, conducted in an English language or a bilingual (English & Spanish) environment and adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), offered by A-4U Universities in many academic fields:

  • Experimental and Health Sciences
  • Economics and Business
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Translation and Language Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Law
  • Humanities

A recent study on research productivity at Spanish public universities, financed by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Directorate-General for Universities, shows that the A-4U universities occupy the first four places in the global ranking per capita as far as productivity in research is concerned (University of Granada, 2008).

These four universities have opened a joint office in Brussels  (OPERA-Office for the Promotion of European Research Activities), to promote all activities relating to top level research. This initiative aims to reaffirm the primary role played by research at these four universities, which are among the most prestigious centres of scientific excellence in Europe.

Contact details:
A-4U Central Office
Rectorado, Campus UAB
Bellaterra, Cerdanyola del Vallés
08193 Barcelona Spain
+34 93 586 82 76

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