City of Malaga
Malaga is an important southern European hub on the Mediterranean Sea with a Metropolitan population of 1 million people. (6th largest in Spain & 46th in the EU). It is an entrepreneurial Smart City with a surrounding innovative ecosystem called “Malaga Valley” where rich historical heritage & technology meet to improve the quality of life for everyone. The city boasts over three thousand years of monumental heritage and an extensive network of more than 30 museums; for example the Picasso Museum, the Contemporary Art Centre, the Centre Pompidou, the collection of Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, the Carmen Thyssen and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
As the “Gateway to the Costa del Sol and to the Andalucía region,” tourism has been a main driver for the local economy. Malaga’s economy growth was 3.5% in 2015 and projected to be 3% in 2016. During 2015, 14 companies were created per day, as Malaga continues to lead regional growth and is ranked 4th nationally. 1,000 jobs were created last year in the technology sector as employment in the Andalucian Technological Park (PTA) grew more than 8%. The PTA is home to 626 companies and employs 16,774 people. Malaga boasts 20 international schools, 13 ranked the best in Spain. Malaga’s state-of-the-art international airport has 2 runways, direct flights to 142 destinations in 31 different countries and receives 16 million passengers annually. Last year, 418,272 passengers arrived to Malaga’s port on 233 cruise ships, while high-speed trains brought more than 3 million people to Malaga. There is a strong commitment to the digital economy, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency big data analytics and the application of new technologies. The City has more than 40 “Smart City” initiatives underway and several international pilot projects. Malaga’s geographic location and low cost of living juxtaposed with a high quality of life and an entrepreneurial spirit make it an ideal place to live, to work and to invest.
University of Malaga (UMA)
On the other hand, the University of Malaga (UMA) is a public institution, which promotes outstanding research and teaching within the European Higher Education Area. The institution follows an educational model to promote competitive, quality teaching, which is employment-orientated and accredited in Europe. lts vigour and growth over recent years have led to it becoming a reference point for universities in Spain. The University has around 40,000 students and 2,000 professors. Over the last decade, UMA has sought to promote the internationalization of its teaching and research and the mobility of its teachers and students. UMA also offers an extensive catalogue of specialized teaching and postgraduate studies: PhDs, official Master’s Degrees, internal studies, specialization courses, Spanish language for foreigners, summer courses and all kinds of scientific and cultural activities for better and more complete university training.
The University of Malaga is the primary university in the province; therefore the City and UMA have always worked together. This past July, that relationship was reaffirmed and fortified when the newly elected UMA Chancellor and the Malaga Mayor signed a collaboration agreement. This agreement identifies seven points of interest: the implementation of joint projects and research programs, the establishment of university institutes and research centers; the provision of technical services and scientific advice; cooperation in training programs; the organization of joint activities related to the social promotion of research, technological development, innovation and new technologies; the joint organization of courses, seminars, conferences and scientific technical seminars and training; the exchange of information and documentation; and the common use of equipment of both institutions for the development of joint activities.
City of Malaga
Área de Economia Productiva
Avda. Cervantes, 4
International Economic Development Director
+34 951 92 91 48
University of Malaga
Aulario Rosa de Galvez (1º planta)
M. Olga Guerrero-Perez
Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs and Cooperation
+34 670 947 391