About the University

The Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) is a public university, open to the world, offering prestigious education, excellent research, and quality services facilitating the comprehensive development of its students and their insertion into the labor market.


The UMH offers 24 Bachelor’s degrees and 24 Official Master’s adapted to the European Higher Education Area in the fields of arts, experimental and technical sciences, engineering, and health and social sciences on its four university campuses (Elche, Altea, Orihuela and Sant Joan d´Alacant). The UMH educational model has as central axis the education of its students, the acquisition of professional skills, doing business internships, national and international exchanges, and the development of attitudes like effort, initiative, self-learning and the capacity to undertake. The UMH is equipped with the most modern infrastructure and technological equipment, making possible the development of new methodologies applicable to all its degree programs.

The UMH is particularly concerned about its students entering the labor market. Here the University has excelled, achieving excellent results thanks to the 6,000 businesses maintaining collaboration agreements with the University. Moreover, it has been confirmed to be an academic institution committed to quality, as it was recently renewed with the European Seal of Excellence Gold level for the third time. The UMH is the only Spanish university to obtain this on three occasions.

The UMH has signed many national and international agreements to promote the mobility of its students and attract foreign students. In its bid for its internationalization, the UMH has set in motion a complete program of activities to facilitate foreign academic stays and to receive students who wish to complete their education in our classrooms. Along these lines, the International Relations Office has as objectives to encourage international projects, promote the UMH’s visibility abroad, and create an environment that favors cooperation between foreign universities and the UMH in the fields of exchanges of faculty members and students, dual or shared degrees, and research projects.

As an institution, the UMH is concerned with promoting cultural, sporting and recreational activities as an essential portion of university life. The University was conceived to be a place where professionals are trained in different fields of knowledge, but also where persons are trained to be capable of facing the diverse facets and challenges life offers.

Quality research characterizes the UMH, as a study done by the University of Granada on the research productivity of Spanish public universities shows. Their study places the UMH in the eighth position for 2010, and highlighted is its second position when the number of publications in JCR journals is analyzed, its eighth position for R&D projects, and fourth position for patents. UMH research activities are highly related to its socioeconomic surroundings, but moreover many of its laboratories possess levels of excellence recognized on national and international levels.

October 19th, 2011