The keys of our model

The success of our model is based on five fundamental aspects that determine our understanding of higher education

FACULTY OF HIGHLY QUALIFIED PROFESSORS

Largely made up of working professionals (60%), as mentors they are responsible for the development of their students, who rate their performance as excellent (4.2 out of 5).
Everyone who teaches at Universidad Europea is a committed professional who works to very high standards and has a thorough knowledge and understanding of their discipline. This professional expertise is matched by their competence as teachers, attuned to social and institutional transformations and, above all, to educational and technological innovations in the field of higher education.
Universidad Europea offers its faculty a large number of resources and teaching support services with the aim of helping to improve the academic quality of our degree programs. Some of these services are:

Teacher Training Plan:

A Teacher Training Plan in which every faculty member is expected to participate. This training plan is made up of courses or modules at different levels (initiation, consolidation or specialization) focusing on:

  • Competency development
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Mentoring
  • Educational technology
  • Internationality in higher education
  • Educational quality
  • Educational research

Center for Educational Innovation:

The Center for Educational Innovation offers our faculty resources and tools to help them develop and improve through training and support for educational innovation and research. This means our professors can keep up to date with all the latest developments related to all the projects being carried out at the University, come into contact with the teams involved, and suggest ideas and possible solutions.

Improvement of English language skills:

Professors who teach their courses in English can improve their command of this language through our Language Center, or with the help of the ‘Teacher Training’ program.

Mobility grants:

To increase the knowledge and competitiveness of our departments and research groups, we implement mobility grant programs which enable our faculty and researchers to share in and benefit from the scientific and academic advances taking place at other institutions, both in Spain and throughout the rest of Europe.
Our professors can also apply for global scholarships, which are awarded within the Laureate network and further enhance the incentives we seek to offer them through our comprehensive range of grants.

Events related to the academic world

In addition, our academic model is strengthened by a number of annual events, such as the online Teaching Seminar, the International Conference on Innovation in Higher Education, the Curricular Sustainability Seminar, or the Universidad Europea Seminar on Excellence.

PROGRAMS DESIGNED WITH A PROFESSIONAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Following the recommendations of expert professionals, and including compulsory internships, periods of study abroad, and competency-based courses.
All our undergraduate and graduate degrees are compliant with the European Higher Education Area, and meet both the demands of society and the criteria that guarantee quality teaching centered on the student’s needs and learning process.

Universidad Europea also offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs taught entirely in English by professionals with the appropriate skills and qualifications. Moreover, the curricula are designed to ensure that all Universidad Europea graduates attain a high level of English, as well as offering the opportunity to learn other languages such as German, French, Italian or Chinese. This is why we offer more than 70 programs and over 250 courses either in full-English or bilingual format. These academic offerings prepare our students to work in a constantly changing global world, where international experience is a key factor for professional success.

Thanks to its membership of Laureate International Universities, Universidad Europea can offer its students the chance to enrich their education with periods of study abroad at over 65 foreign universities.

Miguel Carmelo

At Universidad Europea de Madrid we are convinced that education focused on a global world is more necessary in these times we live in than ever before, both in its academic aspects and in the personal values that should accompany them.”

Miguel Carmelo, President of Universidad Europea, and CEO of Laureate International Universities Europe.

PERSON-CENTERED PEDAGOGICAL MODEL BASED ON RIGOR AND EXCELLENCE

Developing each individual, fostering commitment and high standards, based on participatory classes that involve the student actively in their learning process, and a trimestral schedule for maximum workload manageability.

At Universidad Europea de Madrid we believe in providing a holistic education through which each student acquires and develops personal and professional competencies that will give them the best possible chance of success when they enter the job market.

In keeping with this guiding principle, all the University’s degree programs ensure the development of a set of highly sought-after cross-disciplinary competencies through active learning methods such as Cooperative Learning, the Case Study Method, Project and/or Problem-Based Learning, the use of debates in the classroom, practical tasks, seminars, and other innovative methods such as the ‘flipped classroom’, in order to boost learning both inside and outside the classroom through the use of technologies. Moreover, our commitment to maintaining small groups allows each student to have constant and direct contact with the professor, and to make the most of the facilities used in each degree program.

In addition, we provide each student with a mentor, who, during various advising sessions, suggests activities to help them develop certain competencies and offers guidance on the academic and professional objectives of their studies. The level of competency development achieved by the student is assessed when they finish their studies and is shown on a specific certificate called Laureate Professional Assessment.

CONTINUAL MEASURING AND IMPROVEMENT OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Universidad Europea relies on a number of indices to obtain integrated information about quality of educational development, research outcomes, and the degree of internationality of our University. Each index includes the analysis of its most relevant variables.

  • Educational Excellence Index: This index analyzes the development of the educational process by putting greater emphasis on the outcomes obtained from this process. This index is calculated on a calendar-year basis for each School, and it includes the following variables: Employability, Student Satisfaction, Academic Outcomes, Faculty, Competency Development and Values, Internationality, and External Support and Recognition.
  • Research Outcomes Index: This index measures the scientific activity carried out by the University on the basis of Funding Received, Scientific Output, Research Dissemination, and Scientific Quality.
  • International Development Index: This index shows the degree of internationality of the University, taking into account the following variables: International Students, International Faculty, Students who participate in international programs, and Students who participate in foreign language learning programs.

GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED QUALITY

The University is always seeking to improve quality and achieve excellence, as shown by various examples of external recognition.

Internal Quality Assurance System

The University has an Internal Quality Assurance System (Spanish acronym: SGIC), inspired by the methodology of the EFQM model and the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2008 standard and positively verified by the Spanish National Agency for Quality and Accreditation (ANECA).

For the design of the SGIC, we considered the University as a whole, which includes all the degree programs on offer. The aim of this system is to ensure that all the activities carried out at the University effectively serve the interests and needs of the users of each service, and that all of these activities continually improve.

For the implementation of the SGIC, we drew up a process map, differentiating the strategic, core and support processes, which is documented in the Internal Quality Assurance Manual. The Quality Assurance Procedures Manual also contains all the procedures included in the system.

The design of this system was positively verified in 2008 by the Spanish National Agency for Quality and Accreditation (ANECA), our university being one of the first two in Spain and the first private university to have its system positively verified in that same year.

‘Madrid Excelente’ quality assurance mark

Universidad Europea is endorsed by the Madrid Excelente mark, which is awarded by the Regional Government of Madrid to recognize and certify quality and management excellence and thereby foster the competitiveness of the region’s business fabric.

The Madrid Excelente audit determines where a business stands on the road to excellence, viewed from all perspectives. It also analyzes the strengths and weaknesses that exist within the organization, establishing areas of improvement so that it can make progress in key areas, become more competitive, and advance towards the goal of achieving business excellence.

Qualicert – Service Quality Certification

We were the first university in the world to receive the Qualicert service quality certification, for our Formación Integral Universitaria.
This seal vouches for our fulfillment of the following obligations to our students:

  • Internationality
  • Employability
  • Personalized attention
  • Research
  • Technologies for education
  • Competency development and active methodologies
  • Sustainability

EFQM seal

The EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) seeks to promote sustained excellence in European organizations and to help organizations pursue and achieve excellence. Since the 2009/2010 academic year, the EFQM 400+ European Seal of Excellence has given both the University and its Library an even greater incentive to continue their journey towards excellent management and the full satisfaction of their stakeholders. Both awards were renewed in 2012.

CSR report

Since 2001, the University has been working on social responsibility in its university community, having produced various reports describing the numerous social responsibility activities that have been planned and carried out since then. In 2010, the University drafted its first Corporate Social Responsibility report in accordance with the principles and guidelines set out by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (version 3.0, 2006), receiving the maximum A+ rating according to GRI requirements. It recently produced its second report, which is currently undergoing verification.

Environmental Management System

A commitment to protecting the environment is one of the essential elements that integrates and inspires the activities we carry out and, in particular, efficiency, one of the cornerstones of the University’s strategy. This commitment is reflected in SIGMA (Sistema Integral de Gestión Medioambiental), an environmental management system that began to be developed in 2002 as a project designed to extend a work philosophy based on environmental awareness and commitment. This project culminated in 2007 with the implemen­tation of SIGMA, certified according to UNE-EN ISO 14001:2008, whereby Universidad Europea became the first Spanish university to obtain this certification for its entire campus.

Institutional Evaluation Programme

In 2011, the institution was evaluated by the European University Association (EUA) through the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP), whose aim is to strengthen the culture of self-evaluation in institutions and generate strategies for the evaluation and improvement of institutional quality.

Specific accreditations and recognitions of degree programs

In line with this constant commitment to excellence, several of the University’s schools are pursuing specific accreditations and recognitions for their programs and areas. Some examples are NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board) for the Architecture programs, the inclusion of Engineering degree programs in the INDEX of the FEANI, or the EHFA (European Health & Fitness Association) accreditation sought by the School of Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences.

IDENTIFYING NEEDS AND ADAPTING TO OUR STUDENTS’ EXPECTATIONS

At Universidad Europea we maintain a firm commitment to excellence with our stakeholders, which we demonstrate, on the one hand, by regularly analyzing our customers’ degree of satisfaction with the services we offer and, on the other, by identifying their expectations.

With the information we obtain, we pinpoint the improvements we can make to our educational offer, which ultimately means tailoring our services more closely to the demands of our environment.

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82%

find work within 6 months of completing their studies

90%

find work within 12 months of completing their studies

15%

of our students run their own businesses

Why study at Universidad Europea?

  • Excelencia Academica Academic excellence

    Leader in facilities and technology. The 2nd ranking private university in Spain in scientific production. An average of 1 professor per 23 students. Advanced technology applied to learning.

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  • InternacionalidadInternational context 

    282 exchange agreements. Programs and internships in more than 40 countries. 70 programs 100% in English or in bilingual formats.

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  • Desarrollo Competencial Skills development

    100% of our students receive an integrated education. Excellent students program. Development of skills such as problem solving, leadership.

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  • Empleabilidad Focus on employment

    90% of our students find work in the first year. 3,000 agreements with companies. 2000 curricular internships a year. 10% outside Spain.

    High employability
    among students