As Rector of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce us and to inform you of what we academically offer in the face of the growing incorporation of international students in our degrees taught in English.
CEU Cardenal Herrera University belongs to the CEU San Pablo University Foundation which is a non-profit charitable educational institution with over 75 years' worth of experience in the field of education. It also belongs to the ACdP (Asociación Católica de Propagandistas). The Foundation began its work in Valencia in 1971, approving the law that created the university in 1999. It is now the first private university to appear in international rankings and is fourth best in Spain.
CEU Cardenal Herrera University has an innovative learning programme in which the student takes an active and leading role. This programme follows the model of the most prestigious universities in the world and it provides solid, high-quality training with a clear international vocation. Thus, our students can enter the world of work in any European country at the end of their degree knowing a new language and culture perfectly, giving them a wide range of possibilities. We also have numerous external internship agreements as well as ones in Spain with institutions in most European Union countries.
In the context of the European framework in which we find ourselves, the internationalisation of CEU Cardenal Herrera University is one of our main objectives. We have always seen multinationality and multiculturalism as an enriching factor for university culture. In this regard, the university has actively participated in European exchange programs for teachers and students, internships, postgraduate studies, etc.. Additionally, it has many collaborative agreements and exchanges with European universities and with universities across the rest of the world.
However, our goal goes beyond internationalisation through the implementation of degrees taught in English as well as the incorporation of international students into our degrees taught in Spanish. Along this line, we have found that the CEU Cardenal Herrera University is becoming one of the top choices for international English-speaking students who choose to do their university studies abroad and, in particular, in Spain.
Currently over 600 international students have chosen to do their university degree at our University. Many students come from UK, Sweden, Canada, U.S., or New Zealand.
At CEU Cardenal Herrera University everyone works to ensure that the international students feel comfortable from their first day both in our classrooms and in the new environment around them. A new city, a new language, a new culture and new teaching methods. Aware of the fact that everything is new to the student, we have created tools to help them make the most of their new surroundings both academically and personally.
All of our university degrees are accredited by the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) that belongs to the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). In addition, the curricula of our Veterinary Medicine, the ESET, and Health Sciences faculties follow the 36/2005/EC European Directive on professional qualifications of the European Parliament.