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Founded in 1531, during the reign of Charles V, the University of Granada (UGR) has been a clear exponent of historical, intellectual and cultural tradition ever since its creation almost 500 years ago. From the outset, the university's strong social influence on the city enabled it to become an independent nucleus of teaching and a fundamental centre of education among the major European universities. In recent years, the University has undergone the greatest period of growth in its history, making it one of Spain's largest universities with 7 campuses and over 70.000 students, 13% of which are foreign students.
During its growth, the University has adapted to the different social changes, becoming internationally renowned for its quality in all areas of higher education: teaching, research, culture and services both to university members and to society in general. It is the favourite European host university for exchange students and in 2007 it was awarded the Erasmus programme's "Gold Star" by the European Commission. The UGR is strongly committed to playing a major role in all those initiatives that will favour its international dimension and places the internationalization of its list of courses, its services and the whole of the university community as one of the key strategies for its development and growth.