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City of Málaga

Málaga 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 ‘Málaga Valley’ where rich historical heritage and technology meet to improve the quality of life for everyone. The city boasts over three thousand years of history 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. Málaga’s economic growth was 2.4% in 2019, 3.4 % in 2018 and 3.9 % in 2017. Málaga continues to lead regional growth as 1,000 jobs were created last year in the technology sector as employment in the Andalucian Technological Park (PTA). The PTA is home to 639 companies and employs 20,000 people. Málaga’s state-of-the-art international airport has 2 runways, direct flights to 137 destinations in 37 different countries and receives 19 million passengers annually. Last year, 506,277 passengers arrived to Málaga’s port on 296 cruise ships, while high-speed trains brought more than 3 million people to Málaga.

The City has made a strong commitment to the digital economy, sustainable mobility, energy efficiency, big data analytics and the application of new technologies. The Spanish National Digital Content hub is equipped with the latest technologies in 3D animation, virtual reality and videogame design. The space is divided into recording studios, eSports video gaming stadiums, animation and graphic design centers, virtual reality rooms, 3D-printer laboratory, training rooms, a Fablab, coworking spaces, business accelerators and offices. Also, the City has more than 198 ‘Smart City’ projects, programs and initiatives underway and boasts several internationally recognized pilot projects which have converted Málaga into an Experimental Smart City Urban Laboratory for businesses.

Málaga’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 Málaga (UMA)

The University of Málaga (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 Málaga 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 Málaga 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 centres; 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 Málaga University of Málaga
CIF: P2906700F
Investor Office
Avda. Cervantes, 4
29016 Málaga
Aulario Rosa de Galvez (1º planta)
29071 Málaga
Contact person:
Marc Sanderson

International Economic Development Director

Contact person:
Miriam Seghiri

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for International Cooperation and Language Policy International Relation Office (IRO)

+34 951 92 91 48
+34 952 136 339



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