With almost 50 years of experience behind us, we were the first non-public university to be established in the Comunitat Valenciana, the Valencia region. The University, privately run but at the service of the general public, has always stood out for its pioneering character, achieving a number of ‘firsts’. The first university in Valencia to offer programs in areas such as pharmacy, journalism and veterinary medicine. The first to offer dual degrees. The first to establish the role of the personal university tutor. The first to offer professional development grants during degree studies. The first to establish a new understanding of what a university should be.
An innovative development strategy has turned CEU UCH into the most international university in the region. More than a third part of students at the university are from abroad (around 35%) and the university has a clear focus on preparing our students for today’s globalized world. Today, we have students from more than 90 countries on campus. Another first.
The CEU Cardenal Herrera University has three campuses: in Castellón, Elche and Alfara del Patriarca (Valencia). It is an innovative university which offers 20 Bachelor's Degree programs (grados) and more than 60 postgraduate programs, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Faculty of Law, Business and Political Science, the Technical School of Design, Architecture and Engineering (ESET), and the Faculty of the Humanities and Communication Sciences.
The University forms part of the Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU – the CEU San Pablo University Foundation. The Foundation is the largest privately-owned educational institution in Spain, and the only one which operates three universities. Our view of education derives from the values of Christian humanism, which forms the basis of our vocation for a personalized approach to education, which can be most clearly seen in our tutoring and integration programs. These values are what drive our commitment to society, which can be seen in our wide-ranging grant programs and pioneering academic volunteering initiatives and community services, at both a national and international level. They also form the basis of our involvement in encouraging valuable research to take place. This research makes a contribution, in both technical and human terms, to the improvement of the society in which we live.
These values are our values because the Foundation was established by the Asociación Católica de Propagandistas (ACdP). In the 20th century, this association, founded by lay Catholics, established important media companies and the Spanish charity organization Caritas España. This group of people played an important role in the peaceful political process that Spain underwent in its transition to becoming a democratic country. The association consists of a group of committed, proactive people who have undertaken a series of not-for-profit educational initiatives for the purpose of the improvement of society.
This is who we say we are. But the important thing is not what we say, but what we do.
These goals form part of our ultimate mission: to produce graduates of real value on an intellectual, professional and human level who can make a significant contribution to society and help to improve it.