URV was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. In this way the Tarragona University of the 16th century was restored.
From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment, which has gradually transformed over time.
Social and cultural changes have opened the doors to a new framework in which our students and future workers are obliged to interact in Europe. At URV we train professionals under the precepts of European harmonization, a key factor for opening the doors to a world of work without frontiers. And we do so by providing a full range of educational possibilities with more than 40 undergraduate courses and 50 master’s degrees (many of which are interuniversity), an extensive doctoral programme and a flexible lifelong learning programme so that professionals can constantly update their knowledge and improve their skills.
Altogether, our courses are being enjoyed by over 15,000 students.
The data show that URV is not only one of the leading universities in Catalonia but also one of the leading universities in the European area for the quality of its teaching, its commitment to continuous training and the excellence of its research, development and innovation.
One of the functions of all universities is to make knowledge available to society. In this regard, URV is committed to its social responsibility and takes active part in the development of new research that helps people achieve a better quality of life.
Research is one of the essential functions of the University; it is the basis of teaching and the means by which society progresses. For this reason, URV has a variety of structures which support the research effort. The main objective of this structures is to organize, carry out and evaluate the basic and applied research programmes. They also assist the rest of the University and society by providing technical consultancy, and they encourage scientific and pedagogical updating and renewal, as well as continuous training.
The research centres, which share some of the institutes’ functions, are different in that they can be created by the University or shared with other universities or organisations, or merely linked to the University by a written agreement.
UNESCO Chair of Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean
This chair was formed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the Rovira i Virgili University in 2006 and aims to promote an integrated system of activities involving research, training, information and documentation in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue in the Mediterranean.
At the same time, it is the instrument which facilitates international academic cooperation and collaboration in the field of scientific research. Moreover, the chair stimulates communication with civil society, with tools such as information and communication technologies, audiovisual resources and other media which try to encourage dialogue and peace