VCU International Partnership Universities

VCU Global Education Office

University of CórdobaUniversity of Córdoba

Córdoba, Spain

University of CórdobaHumberto Fabelo, Ph.D.
Director, VCU-UCO Partnership
Director of B.S.W. Program and Associate professor, VCU School of Social Work

Virginia Commonwealth University’s International Partnership with the University of Córdoba began in 2004 when a large delegation of commissioners from UCO and the University of Messina (Italy) visited VCU to discuss future collaborations. VCU’s partnership with UCO also is part of a broader collaboration, the Center for Integrative Mediterranean Studies, a tripartite research and exchange-based relationship with UniMe in Sicily, Italy, and UCO. In 2005, Heber H. (Dickie) Newsome Jr., M.D., dean emeritus of VCU’s School of Medicine and professor of surgery, was named director of the VCU-UCO partnership and executive director of the Center for Integrative Mediterranean Studies.

University facts

Location: Andalusia, southern Spain
Founded: The current modern university was founded in 1972. The first “free university” was founded in 1868.
City stats: Population 310,000. Córdoba is noted for its history and preservation of its Roman, Gothic and Moorish heritage sites. Of special pride are the La Mezquita, a world heritage site of a unique Mosque/Church, La Juderia, the old Jewish quarter, the Bullfight museum, the Palace of Christian Kings, and the medina Azaharra. The latter, 30 minutes from Córdoba, is the well-preserved site of the Palace of the Caliph who ruled most of the Arab world from 800-900 A.D.
Private/Public: Public
Number of students: Approximately 21,000
Hospital, museum, theatres, etc. attached to the university: “Reina Sofia” University Hospital is government-owned, but provides medical and nursing training to UCO students.   There is also a performing arts theatre in Old Town that is affiliated with UCO.
VCU relevant annual events: Annual Center for Integrative Mediterranean Studies conference, including participation from UCO.
Top recognized programs: Large-animal Veterinarian Care, Agronomy (Food and Plant Science), Law and Social Studies, Medical Sciences.

Partnership track record

Departments/programs interacting at each university: School of Medicine, School of World Studies (Film Studies), English Language Program
Type of activity: Faculty/student exchanges, joint conferences

Areas of promise

Departments/programs interacting at each university: College of Humanities and Sciences (Biology)
Type of activity: Collaborative research projects, faculty/student exchanges