University of Lleida
|Universitat de Lleida|
|Vice-Chancellor||Roberto Fernández Díaz|
|Location||Lleida, Catalonia, Spain|
The University of Lleida (Catalan: Universitat de Lleida, UdL; IPA: [uniβərsiˈtad də ˈʎɛjðə], locally: [uniβeɾsiˈtad de ˈʎejðɛ]) is a university based in Lleida (Catalonia), Spain. It was the first university in Catalonia and the whole Crown of Aragon. It was founded in 1300, using the name of Estudi General de Lleida (Studium Generale) in the style of other Universities founded at that time. (such as the University of Valencia), and closed down through a royal law or "Real Cédula" in 1717 along with the banning of the rest of Catalan Universities and the original political institutions of Catalonia. Felipe V founded a university in Cervera, a town 70 km. east of Lleida whose authorities had supported his side in the Spanish War of Succession in 1713, which replaced all Catalan universities.
It was refounded on December 12, 1991 after a few hundred years parentheses by a law passed by the Catalan Parliament, and since then, besides the historical central edification located in Rambla d'Aragó, in what is nowadays the town district called Universitat, new buildings have been added to it.
The University of Lleida originates from the Estudi General de Lleida, a university founded in 1300 with permissions granted by James II of Majorca. Being the only university in the Kingdom of Aragon, the city of Lleida began to grow, as citizens from all across the kingdom came to the Estudi General de Lleida to receive a higher education. The Estudi General de Lleida was funded by both the city of Lleida and the local Cathedral chapter.
Lleida and the Estudi General continued to grow as a successful College town until the 16th century, when other universities being founded in other regions of the kingdom robbed the university of Lleida of part of its prestige for being the only university of Lleida. While still a prominent university, it suffered a long period of decline all the way through the 17th century. After the War of the Spanish Succession, it was decided that the old university model would be removed as punishment for what the House of Bourbon viewed as Sedition from the Catalan counties of Aragon, by their refusal to support the House of Bourbon during the war. Cervera, a town east of Lleida, was chosen to be the location of the first of a new type of university, while previously established universities in the land were closed. On the 9th of October, 1717, a Royal decree from Philip V ordered the closure of Estudi General of Lleida along with other Catalan universities.
In 1841, the foundation of a teacher training school marked the first step towards the foundation of the University of Lleida. However, it would be another 125 years before more progress was made, and other studies were revived as extensions of other universities in Barcelona. Finally, on 12 December 1991, the Catalan Parliament passed an act which brought the various studies together, and founded the University of Lleida with Víctor Siurana i Zaragoza as its director. The foundation of the University of Lleida was formalized after the creation of the Statutes of the University of Lleida on the 27th of October, 1994.
The University of Lleida offers 38 different bachelor's degrees across 14 fields, ranging from Agriculture & Forestry to Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The field that offers the largest selection of bachelor's programs is the Engineering & Technology programs, which offer seven different bachelor's degrees.
The University of Lleida is a leading institution in Spain for research and education in the fields of Agronomy, Food Technology and Forestry. It is the only university in Catalonia to offer Forestry Services.
Additionally, the University of Lleida has awarded Honorary degrees to leading personalities such as Javier Pérez de Cuellar, John Elliot, Stanley M. Goldberg, and Theodore H. Hsiao, as recognition of their accomplishment.
The university has affiliated programs at the Escola Universitària de Relacions Laborals (EURL), The Ostelea School of Tourism and Hospitality, and the Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC).
The university has 3 affiliated research centres in the fields of agronomy: AGROTECNIO, medical sciences: IRB Lleida, and forestry: Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC)
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