The University of Granada, founded in 1531, continues a long teaching tradition. Over 60,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students study at the UGR, with another 20,000 students taking additional courses, language courses, summer courses etc. The University employs 3650 lecturers and over 2000 administration, technical and maintenance staff. At present, courses for 75 different qualifications are taught in the 28 teaching centres of the University. The courses are taught across 116 departments. The Postgraduate School offers 68 master’s courses, 116 doctorate programmes and 113 additional courses. The Modern Languages Centre teaches Spanish, teaching methodology and foreign language courses, which are open to the general public. The Open Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a range of courses for mature students where no previous academic qualifications are required, while the Virtual Teaching Centre organises virtual training initiatives to support face-to-face teaching, and also offers other specific training activities.
The UGR has promoted a significant international activity through the Office for International Relations. The importance of the presence of international students is most clearly demonstrated by the 606 mobility agreements signed with European Higher Education institutions and the ERASMUS mobility programmes. The University is also involved in major exchange programmes with universities in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Mediterranean countries, Australia, Oceania and Asia. The University of Granada is a member of, or is involved at various levels in, the following International Networks and Associations: Coimbra Group, CEURI (Spanish University Committee for International Relations); EUA (European University Association).
The Women’s Research Institute at the University of Granada (IEM) reached its fullInstitute status in 1992 and has been granted the independence similar to that of other faculties the UGR. This has allowed professors and researchers from all disciplines to become its members and concentrate their postgraduate teaching in Women´s and Gender Studies programmes. As a result IEM ran its own Andalusian interuniversity and interdisciplinary Doctoral programme on “Women’s and Gender Studies” (the first in Spain). Since 2007 until now IEM has been responsible for the coordination of GEMMA, hosting its Coordinator, main office and administrative staff (with the help from the offices from International Relations and Postgraduate Studies at UGR). It has recently implemented a new PhD programme linked to GEMMA and offering research opportunities to GEMMA graduates. It has also developed a consortium responsible for exchange with the Universities in Florida (USA), Colombia, South Africa, Morocco and India. Main fields of expertise of IEM professors (always related to Gender and Women´s Studies) are migrations, social anthropology, health, education, literature, history, archeology, linguistics, politics, research methods and bibliographical resources.
The Institute for Women’s Studies also has several partnership agreements with other equality organisations and institutions. The Institute also hosts Feminae (a collection for women’s studies) a book series for gender and feminist studies created in 1989 in order to respond to a demand for the dissemination of feminist scientific research at Spanish Universities. Close collaboration and joint actions/projects with local, autonomic and national Institutions are essential for the financing of activities. The Institute collaborated with Andalusian Institutions such as the Consejería de Igualdad (Andalusian Ministry for Equal opportunities), the Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer; it also works with Andalusian University Centres and works to implement an Andalusian Doctorate’s Degree on Women’s Studies and to foster a field for Gender and Women’s Studies in the Andalusian Research Plan. At a national level the Institute collaborates with the Area for Equality at “Diputación” (Members of Parliament for Granada); Ministry of Social Affairs: Women’s Institute) and the Women and Science Unit (Ministry of Education). The Institute is member of AOIFE (Association of Institutions for Feminist Education and Research in Europe) and of the European feminist network ATGENDER.
ERASMUS MUNDUS Master’s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. GEMMA is the first Erasmus Mundus Master´s Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe. It is a programme of excellence supported by the European Commission, which first selected it as an Erasmus Mundus Master Course in 2006. In July 2011, GEMMA was once again selected for funding under the prestigious Erasmus Mundus brand and distinguished from amongst 177 submitted project proposals as “a pilot project and model in the field of Women´s Studies and Gender Studies in a European and global perspective”.
GEMMA is unique in the way it brings together approaches to feminism from all cardinal points in Europe. Created as a result of the concerted efforts of several universities working together within the ATHENA network, the GEMMA Consortium represents the harmonization of seven different institutions from six European countries: University of Granada (coordinator), University of Bologna, Central European University (Budapest), University of Hull, University of Lodz, University of Oviedo and University of Utrecht. GEMMA is thus the fine tuning of North European, South European and Central European higher education institutions where Women’s and Gender studies is one of the main elements in their postgraduate offer.
From the 6th edition of the programme (2012/2014), the GEMMA Consortium includes Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey from the United States, as Full Partner. In this phase, seven other North, Central and South American universities have associated themselves with GEMMA: Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Estatal de Campinas en Sao Paulo, Universidad de Chile, Florida International University, Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. These prestigious higher education institutions will participate in GEMMA through an innovative e-learning program in collaboration with the Virtual Training Centre at the University of Granada (CEVUG), enhancing the singularity of this EMMC in its transatlantic extended consortium.
From 2012 GEMMA also collaborates with equality institutions such as Instituto Asturiano de la Mujer and Comitato per le Pari Opportunità of the University of Bologna; with documentation centers and professional associations such as Associazione Orlando – Women´s Documentation Center, Biblioteca Amilcar Cabral, and ATGENDER – The European Association for Gender Research; with publishing houses such as KRK Ediciones, Colección Feminae and Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers; and with other cultural institutions such as Fundación IES Granada.
GEMMA is a joint interdisciplinary programme that provides high quality academic education and professional competencies for personnel working or intending to work in the areas of Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and Equal Opportunities across Europe and beyond. It collects our best offer from the humanities, social sciences and health sciences, making it attractive to students worldwide and offering a wide span of options and combinations. Courses are taught by the most distinguished and highly recognized professors in the fields of research at each one of the departments involved. Summer schools and language courses are on offer for both students and scholars. GEMMA offers added value through its very strong geographically balanced consortium, which makes it possible for students to choose their international mobility route amongst eight participating universities. It also gives students a unique possibility to obtain a double diploma, acknowledged by all GEMMA Consortium members. The official languages used in the partner universities are Spanish, English and Italian.