Compostela Group of Universities

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) is an international non-profit association that promotes and executes collaboration projects between institutions of higher education. It currently has 67 full members, 2 associate members and 9 mutual membership agreements with institutions from 27 different countries.[1][2]

Compostela Group of Universities
FormationSeptember 3, 1994 (1994-09-03)
PurposeIntra-university collaboration
HeadquartersSantiago de Compostela, Spain
Maurits van Rooijen
Main organ
General Council


In 1993, the University of Santiago de Compostela began initiating contact with other institutions in higher education situated along the Way of St. James, to establish a university- network for collaboration and to help helped to preserve the cultural and historical heritage that emerged along the ancient pilgrim route.

Following these initial developments, 57 European universities met in Santiago from 2–4 September 1993.[2] They established the guidelines and objectives of the group. These included the following three, which are still the objectives of today's CGU:

  • Strengthening the channels of communication between the member universities.
  • Organizing events to study and discuss subjects related to Europe.
  • Promoting mobility as the basis to increase the knowledge of European languages and cultures.[3]

A commission consisting of representatives from the universities of Valladolid, Liège, Nantes, Göttingen, Minho, JaumeI and Santiago de Compostela drew up the Statutes of the Compostela Group of Universities. These were officially adopted at the first Constituent Assembly, held at the University of Santiago de Compostela from 2–3 September 1994.



The Compostela Group of Universities is headquartered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and has a regional office in Brussels, Belgium.[4]

The organizations current president is Marek Kręglewski.[5]


Compostela Prize (International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia)

In 1996, the CGU and the Regional Ministry of Culture, Social Communication and Tourism signed an agreement to establish the Compostela Prize (International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia).

The prize is awarded annually and seeks to reward "[...] any individual or institution that have contributed to the promotion of the European dimension in education, either in teaching and research or in the cultural, social and political fields [...] ." Nominations can be made by CGU member universities, members of the Xunta de Galicia and other official European institutions until the 1st of March each year.[6]

The jury consists of the President of the Galician Government, who chairs the meetings, and the Regional Minister of Culture, the Regional Minister of Education and Universities and the Galician Director of Universities. The Compostela Group is represented by its President and three rectors of member universities, chosen annually by the General Council.

The prize is usually awarded at the end of the General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, with the successful candidate receiving prize money and a commemorative gold medal in the shape of a shell (the centuries-old symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago).[7]

Recent recipients are:


The Compostela Group of Universities has the following members:[12]

CountriesAssociated universities
 Belgium Erasmus University College Brussels
 Belarus Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno
 Brazil São Paulo State University
 Bulgaria University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy
 Czech Republic Masaryk University
 Chile Universidad Mayor
 Finland University of Oulu
 France University of Bordeaux 1
University of Nantes
 Germany University of Regensburg
Philipps University of Marburg
 Hungary University of Pécs
 Indonesia University of Surabaya
 Italy University of Foggia

University of Perugia
Kore University of Enna

International Telematic University (UNINETTUNO)

 Lithuania International School of Law and Business

Kazimieras Simonavicius University

 Malta University of Malta
 Mexico CETYS Universidad

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
Universidad Anáhuac Xalapa

University of Guadalajara
Universidad La Salle

University of Monterrey

 Netherlands Nyenrode Business University
 Norway University of Bergen
 Peru Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
University of Lima

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas

Universidad de Piura

Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal

National University of San Marcos

 Poland Adam Mickiewicz University
University of Łódź
 Portugal University of Aveiro
University of Évora
University of Lisbon
University of Minho
University of Porto
 Panama Columbus University
 Russia Saratov State University
 Slovakia Pan-European University
 Slovenia EMUNI University
 Spain University of A Coruña
University of Almería
University of Alicante
University of Cádiz
University of Cantabria
University of Castilla-La Mancha
University of Extremadura
University of Girona
University of Jaén
Jaume I University
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
University of León
University of Lleida
University of Málaga
Public University of Navarra
University of Oviedo
University of the Basque Country
University of Cartagena
Technical University of Madrid
Comillas Pontifical University
Rovira i Virgili University
University of Santiago de Compostela
University of Valladolid
University of Vigo
University of Zaragoza
 Sweden University of Karlstad
  Switzerland Lucerne School of Social Work
Fribourg University
 United Kingdom University of Roehampton
 United States University of Arizona
Northeastern University
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Associated members:

  • Uniplaces
  • AMC Metropolitan College[13]
  • CHE Consult-Centre for Higher Education Development Consult, Going Global

Mutual members:

  • CONAHEC - Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (USA)
  • FAUBAI - Brazilian Association for International Education (Brazil)
  • ANUIES - National Association of Universities and HEIs (Mexico)
  • QS Asia Quacquarelly Symonds Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)
  • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Erasmus Compostela (Spain)
  • EEUA - Eastern European University Association
  • Scholars at Risk (USA)

See also


  1. "Compostela Group of Universities (CGU)". EURASHE. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  2. "History". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. "Objectives". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  4. "Contact Us". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  5. "President's welcome". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. "International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia: Nominate before the 1st of March!". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  7. "Compostela Prize". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. "La profesora Pilar Alonso Abad recibe mañana el Premio Internacional Grupo Compostela". BURGOSconecta (in Spanish). 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  9. "Marcelino Oreja recibirá el premio Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  10. "The award of the Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to Marcelino Oreja Aguirre closes the XXIII General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities | Pécsi Tudományegyetem". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  11. Editor (2016-10-20). "Compostela Group of Universities announces winner of International Prize Grupo Compostela – Xunta de Galicia - QS WOWNEWS". QS WOWNEWS. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  12. "CGU Members". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  13. "2016". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
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