Compostela Group of Universities

Compostela Group of Universities
Compostela Group of Universities
Abbreviation CGU
Formation September 3, 1994 (1994-09-03) (17 years ago)
Type Non-profit
Purpose/focus Intra-university collaboration
Headquarters Santiago de Compostela, Spain
President Maurits van Rooijen
Main organ General Council

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) is a non-profit association that brings together more than 70 universities all over the world. Its main goal is to promote and execute collaboration projects between institutions of higher education.



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. They established the initial guidelines and determined the objectives of the group. There were three basic points:

  • Strengthening the channels of communication between the member universities.
  • Organizing events to study and discuss subjects related to Europe.[1]
  • Promoting mobility as the basis to increase the knowledge of European languages and cultures.

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.


Countries Associated universities
 Germany International School of Management
University of Hamburg
University of Regensburg
Philipps University of Marburg
Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel
University of Liège
University 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 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
 Finland University of Oulu
 France University of Bordeaux
 Hungary University of Pécs
 Italy University of Foggia
University of Kore di 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
 Norway University of Bergen
 Peru Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
University of Lima
 Poland Adam Mickiewicz University
University of Łódz
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
 Portugal University of Aveiro
University of Lisbon
University of Porto
 United Kingdom University of Roehampton
University of Westminster
 Czech Republic Masaryk University
 Russia Saratov State 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.

Collaborator institutions: CONAHEC - Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration.


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