The University of Oviedo celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2008 and is one of the most prestigious Higher Education institutions in Spain. Hosting over 25,000 students and 2,000 academics, it has a long tradition of accredited quality in research and teaching and actively supports European connections through specific administrative units (ERDO) and extensive international networks in teaching and research. In 2009, Oviedo was one of the few Spanish universities to be accredited as International Excellence Campus (Campus de Excelencia Internacional, CEI) by the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The CEI specifically foregrounds Gender Studies through its International Postgraduate Centre (CIP).
Oviedo runs a PhD Programme in Gender and Diversity distinguished by the Ministry of Education with the Quality Award (Mención de Calidad) in 2005, and with the very competitive Mention of Excellence in 2011. The programme was reaccredited in 2013 for the next six-year period and has been run uninterruptedly since 1995. Oviedo also offers two MA Programmes in Gender Studies: the MA in Gender and Diversity (60 ECTS) and the two-year Erasmus Mundus GEMMA. The gender research centre, CIFEM, and the staff involved in its postgraduate teaching, regularly receive funding for competitive research projects and research scholarships in different areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as support from national and regional institutions for scholarships and activities.
The gender programmes in Oviedo are taught by an extended, mostly bilingual (English/Spanish) staff, who specialize in areas such as diversity, postcolonialism, women’s history and cultural production, equal opportunities policies and working against gender violence. Some of these lecturers have presided national associations of gender studies experts, such as AUDEM and AEIHM, and participated in various European R&D projects, as well as networks such as ATHENA.
The University’ s many Latin American connections and relevant expertise play an important role in attracting Latin American students, who are trained bilingually in Oviedo and continue to mobility in English-speaking environments. The extensive European and i nternational networks set up by the University and the focused expertise in global and European cultures offered by Oviedo Gender Studies specialists have also proved very attractive to Eastern European and overseas students. Oviedo’s PhD in Gender and Diversity is one of the most prestigious doctoral programmes in Spain, as proved by its repeated official recognition (Quality Mention 2005, Mention of Excellence 2011, accreditation 2013), and provides solid research training in gender, as well as the possibility of work placements with collaborating institutions and corporations.