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08.06.2015 12:29

Andalusian Government Committed to the Granada Health Brand

The acting president of the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, Susana Díaz, has officially opened the University of Granada's new Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences and Central Services building in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS). The trio of buildings make up the Park's teaching area and are a further boost for the Granada Health brand, described by Ms Díaz as an intended "role model not just in Spain but also throughout the Mediterranean, North Africa and other European countries".

Susana Díaz at the Faculty of Health Sciences

During her visit to the PTS, Susana Díaz said that "there isn't a surplus of universities" and investment must be made in the public system so that it can offer "the best qualifications, the best training and teaching, so that graduates from Andalusia's public universities are the best professionals around".

The new buildings in the PTS teaching area will be used by around 2,800 students. About 1,500 medical students will study at the Faculty of Medicine in the 2015-2016 academic year. The new Faculty consists of three 11-storey buildings with classrooms, laboratories, departments and research areas. Almost 64 million euros have been invested in the buildings, which have a total floor area of 42,680 m2.

The Faculty of Health Sciences, which runs the University's degrees in nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, opened its doors during the 2014-2015 academic year. 1,300 students are enrolled there, and 24.5 million euros were spent on the 16,200 m2 building and its classrooms, departments and laboratories.

The Central Services building provides services for the University's students, teachers and staff, including a refectory, library, auditorium, café and crèche. A little over 46 million euros were spent on building and equipping the facility and developing its grounds.

With these new buildings, Granada has secured its position as a sector leader in healthcare education in Spain. The PTS is now able to focus more on teaching and scientific activity, and has become a key focal point for the development of the biomedical sector, a priority sector in Andalusia's 2020 Innovation Strategy (RIS3 Andalucía), and a place where knowledge is generated, transferred and applied to improve people's quality of life.