Universidad de Málaga (UMA) was founded in 1972. The public university is based in Málaga in Spain. It is a renowned establishment that is consistently ranked among the top Spanish universities. The school offers a wide range of different degree programmes, at undergraduate and master’s / doctorate level. Since its founding, the university has constantly been growing and is now home to about 30,000 bachelor and 2,500 master degree students. UMA offers an excellent learning environment, which includes state-of-the-art facilities, as well as highly qualified teachers. UMA has multiple campuses, dedicated to different subjects. Classes, lectures, and workshops take place in 18 different centres throughout the city, and also in Ronda and Antequera. The higher education institution has 65 undergraduate degree options, as well as 64 master degree and 21 doctoral programmes. The university also works closely together with international partners, in order to be able to give its student a truly global outlook. Double degrees are therefore offered in cooperation with academic institutions throughout the world. In addition to taking a degree programme, students also get the opportunity to gain internal qualifications, or to take part in language courses, summer courses and university courses for senior citizens. This shows again, how important integration, inclusion and diversity is to Universidad de Málaga. Prospective students can choose from a variety of courses in different fields of knowledge, including Electrical Engineering, Industrial Electronics Engineering, Architecture, Electronic Systems Engineering, Industrial Organization Engineering (joint degree with the University of Sevilla), as well as Computer Engineering, Health Sciences, Medicine, Psychology, Speech Therapy, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Humanities, and many more. Graduates of UMA are well-equipped with the necessary skills and tools for a successful career, therefore they usually find employment within 6 months after graduating. The university places special value on effective, dynamic and innovative teaching methods.
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I studied in Malaga for 5 years in the faculty of Mechanical Engineering in the Campus of Teatinos.
The truth is that the faculty is super good, very new, very good facilities but the bad that is very demanding and is very far from the city center.
The teachers are good but the exams are very difficult. It seems that they wanted to raise the status of the school to posta increasing with an exaggerated level the difficulty of the exams to produce a bottleneck and thus have more students repeating subjects which are not cheap.
The other faculties have understood that they are not so complicated and most faculties are very good.
For everything else, Malaga is a good city to live in, but as a university life and to study it is a bit expensive.
The University of Malaga or, according to its abbreviations, UMA, is an institution of higher education and public ownership founded in 1972. In it about 40,000 students study and about 2,450 teachers work. Offers 65 undergraduate and 120 postgraduate degrees, including doctoral programs, master's degrees and own degrees. The teachings are taught in 19 centers by professors assigned to 81 departments. It is composed of three campuses (Ejido, Teatinos and Ampliación de Teatinos) distributed throughout the city of Málaga, together with two centers affiliated in Ronda and Antequera. It is the driving force, together with the University of Seville, of the Andalucía TECH project, which obtained the category of Campus of International Excellence granted by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2009. It has a Gender Equality unit, but not of cultural and racial diversity. It is a very collaborative social university.
In my opinion, there are many things that have to improve in this university like the curricula in careers like Law or Social Work and the contact with their students. The infrastructure in many faculties and schools are very poor. However, it true that it has a lot of international agreements and, good and highly qualified teachers.
I studied at the University of Malaga in 2016-17 academic year as an Erasmus student. Overall, my experience has been rather positive, however there have also been quite some downsides for my particular faculty. Organisation seems to be a bit off, in the sense that, as an exchange student, I wasn’t sure what exactly I was supposed to be doing in terms of paperwork and registering for courses, and there was no one I could consult with about my doubts. But the most disappointing experience I had was even prior to coming to Spain and starting my exchange, when the International Office “due to a lot of work” ignored my e-mails for 3 months, only sending me an invitation letter for a visa (I’m Russian) in the middle of October, several weeks after the classes had already started: very irresponsible.
As for the educational process, like at any other university there are good and not-so-good courses. Surprisingly, I was very satisfied with fully English-taught classes that I chose (I say “surprisingly” because Spanish institutions generally have somewhat of an ill fame when it comes to English proficiency). Many course were quite interesting and informative, whereas some others were too theoretical and lacked supporting materials. There’s an emphasis on self study with written assignments and group presentations. Final assessments seemed fair to me.
Faculty facilities are fine; the faculty is one of the oldest, but still there’s wi-fi, nice library with a big selection of materials (and I loved the online database of articles as well, found it super useful when writing my research papers!), cafeteria, small garden.
P.S. Tip for exchange students: study the map of the faculty in advance; I had a hard time in the beginning with finding some of the classrooms, since classes often take place in different buildings, some of which even belong to other faculties nearby. 😉
I really like the University of Málaga as many degrees are offered and the courses they provide are quite valuable for future´s career you may be pursuing. Moreover, the university has lots of agreements with other universities around the world and, as a result, it is possible to participate in many international projects.
Nevertheless, in my opinion, more facilities should be provided in order to make the degrees more practical instead of focusing too much on the theory.
I can give an opinion about the ETSII that was where I spent 5 years of my life. Overall a good faculty. We need to be taught more work-oriented practical things, since when you finish you only have the experience of having done the internship in a company for 3 months. As for my career, you see too much theory in my opinion. As I said before, they should be more oriented towards career opportunities.
The University of Malaga is a young university that makes a good effort to improve. Although it has to be said that it is a young university, it shows a good commitment to continue to advance and adapt to new technologies and educational programs. It is a good university in Andalusia, with competent teachers and well-adapted study programs for students. Facilities could be improved, some of which are old and should be upgraded for accessibility. Otherwise, it is a university with a good atmosphere of studies and fellowship.