Universidad Europea de Canarias, based in La Orotava (Tenerife), will open in September, becoming the first private higher education institution in the archipelago of the Canary Islands. The great news was announced at a press conference in the La Orotava and was attended by representatives from UEM and the government of the Canary Islands. With its inauguration, the University joins the two existing public universities in the region and will immediately contribute to the diversity of programs available to local students. The campus will start with five undergraduate, three graduate and three double degrees.
In the words of Otilia de la Fuente, General Director of Universidad Europea de Madrid, "Universidad Europea de Canarias aims to contribute to improving the cultural and socioeconomic level of the region through excellence in academic, employability and internationality, which are the pillars of our institution." She added that today, "More than 15% of students from the Canary Islands pursue higher education on the Iberian Peninsula and we view this new campus as an opportunity for those who want to stay in the region, by complementing the university options offered in the Canary Islands.”
According to the Mayor of La Orotava, Isaac Valencia, "It is a historic day for La Orotava. For this town, the north and the island, this project makes us the third college town and home to the first private university in the Islands. This university will add unparalleled educational, cultural and economic value. We have been working on this project for many years, and are now beginning to bear fruit this intensive effort to establish a university in the town."
Universidad Europea de Canarias will bring a new educational model to the Canary Islands which is based on the development of professional skills and personal and social responsibility. The university is committed to excellence and developing its students with its highly qualified faculty and numerous agreements with national and international companies. Due to its position in the Laureate International Universities network, the university will have a high percentage of international students, which will help to internationalize higher education on the islands.
The university will open a temporary campus in the Casa Salazar, will start with eight degree programs. Undergraduate: Management and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, International Tourism and Leisure Management, Communication and Advertising Fundamentals of Architecture. Graduate: the Master in Business Administration (MBA), Master in Renewable Energy and the Master in Emergency and Critical Nursing.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.