The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as such was created in the 1989-1990 academic year, because of a major movement in society in Gran Canaria, which culminated when the Canary Islands Parliament passed the University Reorganisation Law on April 26th, 1989. This law brought together of the Canary Islands Polytechnic University (which was first set up in 1979 as the Polytechnic University of Las Palmas) with other university centres on Gran Canaria, the origins of some of which date back to the 19th century. The ULPGC is, thus, a modern institution with a long academic track record, committed to quality, efficiency and modernity. The ULPGC has more than 25,000 students and 1,500 lecturers. It has modern facilities and equipment, with Wi-Fi area in all its centres.
The organisation of the University is based on a number of different organs. The single-member bodies include those of the President, who is aided in his work by the Board. Collegiate organs include the Governing Council, the Social Council and the Senate, as well as the University Community Ombudsman.
The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has invested a number of outstanding personalities as Doctors Honoris Causa, including a number of Nobel prize-winners, such as José Saramago and Rigoberta Menchú, the astronaut Miguel López Alegría, the tenor Alfredo Kraus and the linguist Eugenio Coseriu.
Research activities reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of our 36 Departments: 12 in engineering and architecture, 11 in science and health sciences, 6 in social and legal sciences and 7 in art and humanities. ULPGC research includes cutting-edge projects in such wide-ranging subjects as oceanography, marine science, aquaculture, computer robotics, nutrition, cancer, ITC, renewable energies, transport economy, business organization, town planning, translation and the history of the Canary Islands, among others.
The Tafira Campus is the most highly-populated of the ULPGC’s campuses and is located some 10 kilometres from the city centre in a privileged setting in terms of its vegetation and its geographical setting.
The following degrees are taught on this campus:
School of Architecture : Degree in Architecture
School of Industrial and Civil Engineering : Degree in Civil Engineering, Degree in Industrial Design Engineering and Product Design, Degree in Industrial Organization and Technology, Degree in Geomatic Engineering and Topography , Degree in Industrial Engineering , Degree in Naval Engineering, Degree in Chemical Engineering and Joint degree in Engineering in Industrial Organisation and Business Administration and Management, Joint degree in Telecommunication Technology Engineering and Business Administration and Management
School of Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering: Degree in Telecommunication Technology Engineering
Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences: Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences
Faculty of Marine Science: Degree in Marine Science
School of Computer Engineering: Degree in Computer Engineering and Joint degree in Computer Engineering and Business Administration and Management
Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences: Degree in Economics, Degree in Business Administration and Management, Degree in Tourism, Joint degree in Business Administration and Management and Law
Faculty of Legal Sciences: Degree in Law, Degree in Industrial Relations, Degree in Social Work