Compostela Group of Universities

Compostela Group of Universities
Abbreviation CGU
Formation September 3, 1993 (1993-09-03) [1]
Type Non-profit
Purpose Intra-university collaboration
Headquarters Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Maurits van Rooijen
Main organ
General Council

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) is a non-profit association that brings together 67 universities all over the world. Its main goal is to promote and execute collaboration projects between institutions of higher education.[2]


In 1993, the University of Santiago de Compostela started contacts with other higher education institutions situated on Roads to Santiago. Its aim was to establish a university network that made collaboration between universities easier and helped to preserve the cultural and historical heritage that emerged along these Roads.

After those first steps, 57 European universities met in Santiago 2–4 September 1993.[1] They established the initial guidelines and determined the objectives of the group. There were three basic points:

A commission consisting of representatives of the universities of Valladolid, Liège, Nantes, Göttingen, Minho, Jaume I and Santiago de Compostela drew up the Statutes of the Compostela Group of Universities. These were adopted at the Constituent Assembly held at the University of Santiago de Compostela 2–3 September 1994.

International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia

In 1996, the CGU and the Regional Ministry of Culture, Social Communication and Tourism signed an agreement to establish the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia. The prize was intended as an annual reward for people or institutions working to promote the common European ideal, education and the preservation of our cultural heritage. The jury consists of the President of the Galician Government, who chairs the meetings, and, for the Galician Government, the Regional Minister of Culture, the Regional Minister of Education and Universities and the Galician Director of Universities. The Compostela Group is represented by its President and three rectors of member universities chosen annually by the General Council. Candidates for the prize may be nominated by both the Galician Government and CGU universities. The successful candidate receives a commemorative gold medal in the shape of a shell (the centuries-old symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago) and a sum of money.


Compostela Group of Universities counts many members being: [4]

CountriesAssociated universities
 Germany International School of Management
University of Regensburg
Philipps University of Marburg
 Belgium Erasmus University College Brussels
 Bulgaria University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy
 Brazil São Paulo State University
 Chile Universidad Mayor
 Spain University of A Coruña
University of Almería
University of Alicante
University of Cádiz
University of Cantabria
University of Castilla-La Mancha
University of Extremadura
University of Girona
University of Jaén
Jaume I University
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
University of León
University of Lleida
University of Málaga
Public University of Navarra
University of Oviedo
University of the Basque Country
University of Cartagena
Technical University of Madrid
Comillas Pontifical University
Rovira i Virgili University
University of Santiago de Compostela
University of Valladolid
University of Vigo
University of Zaragoza
 United States University of Arizona
Northeastern University
University of Massachusetts Lowell
 Finland University of Oulu
 France University of Bordeaux 1
University of Nantes
 Hungary University of Pécs
 Italy University of Foggia
Kore University of Enna
International Telematic University UNINETTUNO
 Lithuania International School of Law and Business
 Malta University of Malta
 Mexico Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
University of Guadalajara
University of Monterrey
Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa
 Netherlands Nyenrode Business University
 Norway University of Bergen
 Peru Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
University of Lima
 Poland Adam Mickiewicz University
University of Łódź
 Portugal University of Aveiro
University of Évora
University of Lisbon
University of Minho
University of Porto
 United Kingdom University of Roehampton
 Czech Republic Masaryk University
 Russia Saratov State University
 Slovenia EMUNI University
 Sweden University of Karlstad
  Switzerland Lucerne School of Social Work
Fribourg University

Associated members: CHE Consult-Centre for Higher Education Development Consult, Going Global.

Mutual members: CONAHEC - Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, FAUBAI.

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