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EHEA Adaptation Plan


The process of adaptatin to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and its relationship with international excellence mean that this area is a strategic axis of action. The University of Cantabria will undertake a plan aimed at internationalising the courses it offers, at coordinating action lines with Secondary Schools, at making its academic and cultural life more dynamic and at adapting its installations to meet the teaching needs deriving from adaptation to the EHEA.



University of Cantabria

  • 11 University Institutions
  • 2 Associated Centres
  • 36 Official Degrees
  • 12 Official Postgraduate Courses
  • 38 Ph.D. Courses
  • 14 Mentions of Quality awarded to previous Ph.D. programs
  • 77 UC’s Own Curricular Courses
  • 10,393 1st and 2nd Cycle Degree Students (Academic Year 2008-2009)
  • 1,941 Postgraduate Students (Academic Year 2007-2008, March)
  • 18.45% foreign students in master’s degrees
  • 1,194 Teaching Staff and Researchers (until 31-12-08)
  • 575 Staff Members in Administration and Services (until 31-12-08)
  • 252 Exchange Programmes with European Universities
  • 90 Exchange Programmes with Universities in Latin-America
  • 11 Exchange Programmes with American Universities
  • 1 Exchange Programme with an Australian University
  • 448 Students received on the Erasmus Programme through bilateral agreements
  • 296 Students sent on the Erasmus Programme or through bilateral agreements
  • 28 Teaching Staff sent on the Erasmus Programme or bilateral agreements
  • 48 Students sent or received on the Séneca-SICUE Programme

Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP)

  • 10 Locations
  • 15 Master´s Courses – 11 official courses and 4 UIMP courses.
  • 7 Ph.D. courses.
  • 2 Mentions of Qaulity
  • 135 Visiting lecturers
  • 21.37% foreign postgraduate students

Analysis of the situation

  • 19% of its degrees in the 1st and 2nd cycles (7 out of 36) are adapted to EHEA and the rest will be adapted in the 2010/11 academic year.
  • 100% of the official postgraduate courses offered are adapted to the EHEA.
  • The UC has undertaken a 3M euro investment plan to adapt installations.
  • Its Internationalization Plan includes exchange agreements with universities in more than 30 countries around the world.
  • The Language Centre (CIUC) gives courses in German, French, English, Italian and Chinese to more than 1,000 students every year.
  • The UIMP has created a Postgraduate and Research Department in which 66% of its degrees have been adapted to EHEA; it offers degree courses, both official and one own degree, in English: Economics and Finance, Crystallography and Crystallization, and Professional English.
  • The UIMP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, offers an Immersion Programme in English, which in 2009, took place in ten of its locations and for which 18,000 students received a study grant. Santader, with 5,103 places, had the greatest offer, which resulted in annual contracts for 52 people.

Aspects of special relevance

  • The University of Cantabria has actively participated in study plan reorganisation processes for application in first-degree pilot schemes and is currently setting up new study plans. The Uc is the Spanish university with the largest number of representatives in the Bologna Group of Experts.
  • It has also designed an ambitious internationalization plan aimed at language training and mobility of the university community and at intensifying exchange relationships with universities in Europe, America and Asia.+
  • The partnership between the University of Cantabria and the UIMP allows an important leap in the internationalisation of courses offered in the region, mainly at postgraduate level.
  • The courses offered by the Comillas Foundation will make Cantabria more attractive internationally and will strengthen exchange relationships with universities all over the world.

Strategic Objective

To favour the efficient implementation of the EHEA and to internationalise teaching offers


Lines, actions, objectives and expected results

These are presented in the Appendix