King Juan Carlos University

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King Juan Carlos University
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Logo URJC.svg
MottoNon nova, sed nove ("Not new, but in a new way")
Type Public
Established8 July 1996,
Rector Javier Ramos
Administrative staff
Students45,458 (2017) [1]
Location, ,
Campus Móstoles, Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Vicálvaro and Madrid
Nickname URJC
Affiliations CRUE

King Juan Carlos University (Spanish : Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, URJC) is a Spanish public research university located in the southern area of the Community of Madrid (Spain), with four campuses at Móstoles, Alcorcón, Vicálvaro and Fuenlabrada.

Spanish language Romance language

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Community of Madrid Autonomous community of Spain

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It is named after former king Juan Carlos I of Spain and has the Latin motto Non nova, sed nove ("Not new things, but in a new way"). It was established in 1996 by the government of the Community of Madrid.

Juan Carlos I of Spain King of Spain

Juan Carlos I is a former King of Spain, reigning from 1975 until his abdication in 2014.

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With 44.916 students, it is the second-biggest public university in the Community of Madrid, behind the historical Universidad Complutense. [2] URJC is one of eight universities in the Community of Madrid, and it is the second-newest university in the community.


King Juan Carlos University offers a range of degrees, all adapted to the European Higher Education Area. This includes 64 undergraduate degrees, 44 dual degrees, 6 English-medium degrees, 6 university degrees on-line, 18 diplomas, and 8 engineering degrees, as well as a wide range of official master's (81) and doctoral programs involving both degrees and training (34) in health sciences, experimental sciences and technology, communication sciences, and law and social sciences. King Juan Carlos University has four campuses in Madrid, Fuenlabrada, Móstoles and Vicálvaro, as well as a foundation whose headquarters are on Madrid’s Plaza de Manuel Becerra.

The European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was launched along with the Bologna Process' decade anniversary, in March 2010, during the Budapest-Vienna Ministerial Conference.

Madrid Capital of Spain

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Fuenlabrada Municipality in Community of Madrid, Spain

Fuenlabrada is a city and municipality in the Madrid Metropolitan Area, Spain. It is to the southwest of the region, 22.5 km from the capital, and had a population of 197,836 in 2009. The name probably has its origin in Fuente Labrada.

URJC rectorate in Mostoles Rectorado urjc.jpg
URJC rectorate in Móstoles


The URJC is divided into four campuses. Each campus is composed of one or more schools:

Móstoles Municipality in Community of Madrid, Spain

Móstoles is the second-largest city in population belonging to the autonomous community of Madrid. It is located 18 kilometres southwest from central Madrid. Móstoles was for a long time only a small village, but expanded rapidly in the twentieth century.

Alcorcón Place in Madrid, Spain

Alcorcón is a city in the south-west of the Madrid metropolitan area, Spain. As of 2016, it had a population of 167,354.

Vicálvaro District of Madrid in Spain

Vicálvaro is a district in the southeast of Madrid, Spain. It is named after the former municipality absorbed into the municipality of Madrid in 1951.

Each school or college is governed by a Dean or School Director, and is divided into academic departments.

Affiliated centres:


University Centres:

King Juan Carlos University organizes its summer courses in Aranjuez.

Academic programs

Studies include computer science, telecommunications engineering, chemical engineering, environmental science, odontology, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, audiovisual communication, telecommunications, tourism, journalism, law, economics, business administration and management, sociology, history, accounting and finance, marketing, food science and technology, biology, psychology, preschool education, international relations, visual arts and dance, and criminology, among others.

Honorary doctorates

In 2007 Juan Velarde Fuertes, Iñaki Gabilondo, Luis del Olmo and Antonio Mingote were awarded honorary doctorates from King Juan Carlos University. In January 2008, Bernardo Kliksberg became the first foreigner to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the university along with Jaime Gil Aluja, José Antonio Pastor Ridruejo and Fernando Sánchez Calero. In 2011, honorary doctorates were awarded to Harald zur Hausen, Ramón Tamames and Peter Waldmann. [3]

In 2014 James A. Yorke, distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Maryland and recipient of the 2003 Japan Prize in Science and Technology, was awarded an honorary doctorate from King Juan Carlos University. [4] Prof. Yorke is known worldwide for the definition of the mathematical term "chaos" in 1975. Rodrigo Rato, former Managing Director of the IMF and Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, previously held an honorary doctorate from King Juan Carlos University, which was not immediately canceled when he was later sentenced to 4½ years' imprisonment for bank fraud in his role as chairman of bank Bankia. [5]

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