If you are reading these lines, then that means that there is something about our University which appeals to you.

Maybe you have heard that the University is a truly outward-looking, international institution. I can assure you that this is absolutely true. More than 2.500 foreign students from more than 90 countries study here at CEU UCH every year. And this can be felt in the atmosphere in our lecture rooms and our campus.

You might know that we are the oldest private institution offering higher education qualification in the Valencia region. We were the first such organization, in 1972, to provide a new way of understanding and delivering higher education to students. Today, we have three campuses across the region, the Comunitat Valenciana: in Valencia, Elche (Alicante) and Castellón. After 50 years, our pioneering attitude can still be seen in everything we do. It will not take you long to see it once you come to visit us. .

You may have heard that at CEU the student is at the heart of everything we do. Again, this is absolutely true. That is why we put our heart, soul and everything we have into educating all the students who form part of our university community – this is how we ensure that they graduate as true professionals. And we do this in a personalized fashion, making sure that what we do meets the needs of each student.

Perhaps you have heard about one of our research projects or one of the innovative educational initiatives run by our academic staff. Most of these initiatives derive from our commitment to society, a commitment which forms an inherent part of the educational aims of the Asociación Católica de Propagandistas. It is an integral part of our institutional culture. At CEU, we want to contribute to making this world a better place for everyone.

Regardless of what feature of the University has caught your attention and the reasons for your curiosity, we would be delighted to make your acquaintance. Our doors are always open to whoever wishes to join us and become a part of this community.

If you have already decided that this is the place for you to undertake your university studies, we would be delighted to provide you with any information or guidance you need, to help you get the most out of all the advantages that the University has to offer you. The most wonderful time of your life is about to begin – it will be truly unforgettable.

Whatever your plans are, I would like to offer you a warm welcome to the CEU community, a place where students become excellent professionals, but even more importantly, well-rounded people – ones who share in the values of Christian humanism and are ready to place their talents at the service of society.

1. We think that people should come first.

A university consists of people teaching other people. We think that a university is a group of people who come together to seek the truth, to understand and to stretch themselves. That is why all the policies established by the CEU Cardenal Herrera University ensure that people are at the centre of all of our decision-making.

Students are at the heart of everything we do: it is our task to provide them with a comprehensive education. Experts across the world have discovered the same trend: good people make great professionals. Today more than ever before, the ends do not always justify the means – the only path to take is the one which contributes to the improvement of society and an increase in personal dignity. Academic research is more valuable when people are placed at the centre of it. Whether it is undertaken from a technical or humanistic perspective, or from an applied or theoretical approach, research can always contribute to the improvement of human life.

2. We think that talent has real value.

To go far in today’s world, motivation is the most important attribute: it is motivation which feeds and strengthens talent. And talent is worth much more than money. History has shown us that those societies that have appreciated and nurture talent have grown and developed. Experience shows that those who cultivate and strengthen their talents can contribute to making life better for others.

That is why we have several grant programs, providing assistance to hundreds of our students in their studies. In fact, the CEU San Pablo University Foundation, the parent organization of the University, is the private educational institution which devotes the most resources to grants and scholarships in Spain. Talent is present in every person, in different shapes and forms. Our University provides the ideal setting to discover such talent – and to encourage it to grow.

Some of the greatest geniuses of humanity achieved success despite being told by many others that it could not be done. We think that before listening to others it is important to listen to oneself and to discover what one’s own talent is. Others may tell you that something is impossible, but you must listen to yourself first.

3. We think that it is good to be different.

Part of the tradition at CEU is to place our trust in human beings as the agents of change in society. From the early 20th century onwards, men and women with links to CEU have made major contributions to the development of the society we live in. They have done so in areas as disparate as politics, business, research, education and the arts. And often, this meant that they started to do what others were not doing – or didn’t dare to do.

People who are or have been part of the CEU project have devoted themselves to making the world a better place. Thousands of them have contributed and continue to contribute on a daily basis by doing what they do best: the University sees this tradition of innovation and social commitment as a great responsibility that it must fulfil. That is why we regard the University as both a place to create new knowledge and to share values; it is a place in which to grow and to discover new paths which can serve to improve the lives we lead today and tomorrow.