The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a public university founded in 1989. Its main goal is to provide specialised training in Social Sciences and Engineering, as well as to become a prime European research centre.
The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a public university founded in 1989. Its main goal is to provide specialised training in Social Sciences and Engineering, as well as to become a prime European research centre. In addition, UC3M pursues the creation of an innovative university and seeks to offer a University model based on a quality-oriented philosophy. In this sense, modern, flexible and multidisciplinary curricula have been designed trying to suit the scientific and technological demand of the Society. The university is located in the southern metropolitan area of Madrid and consists of six centres, 2 Faculties, 1 Technical School, 1 School of Graduate Studies, 1 School of Post Graduate Studies and 1 Doctoral School in 4 Campuses.
UC3M has 1.971 Faculty and 697 Administrative Staff, 126 Research Teams, 1.202 doctoral students, 15 Chairs of Research, 18 Technology Laboratories and 26.713 M€ of research funding. UC3M lecturers have the highest proportion of research results evaluated favorably by the Ministry of Education out of all Spanish universities.
International activity and attracting talent are two of the core points to achieve the goals of teaching and research excellence. One of the priorities of our Chairs of Excellence programme has been attracting world-class researchers in order to help our departments, institutes and research groups to increase and improve its international ties and improve their scientific capabilities techniques, develop stable partnerships and sharing teaching and research experiences with these renowned researchers. UC3M has 20.269 students of which 20% are international students. This proportion is notably higher at both master’s (22%) and doctoral (44%) levels.
The UC3M is the 1st university in Spain and 3rd in Europe in terms of undergraduate students (including degree and engineering courses under the former system) taking part in the Erasmus student exchange programme. 37% of UC3M graduates have participated in European international mobility programmes (Erasmus).
UC3M is included in the QS Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the world's top 50 universities established within the last 50 years. In 2011, UC3M granted the Campus of International Excellence by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain, for the third consecutive year. The UC3M endorsed “The European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, and it has been awarded with the HR Excellence in Research seal (January 2017), and has a HRS4R that includes Responsible Research and Innovation (RR).
UC3M is a modern university that was “born with the web” (1989) it is also a leader HE institution in Europe on applying new digital technologies in educational innovation, such as MOOCs, and the openness is one of the main objectives of the UC3M strategic plan (2016-2022). The Library and Information Science Department, was acknowledged as an iSchool in March 2015, joining the Information Schools International Movement, leading the education and research on digital information transformation. UC3M-iSchool is engaged in the analysis of new paths to improve discoverability of Digital Libraries and Digital information systems, as well as in new mechanisms to make Open Science happen thanks to opening up research data.