Universidad de La Laguna
Seal of the University of La Laguna
|Established||1927, reorganized in 1989|
The University of La Laguna (in Spanish: Universidad de La Laguna), also known as the ULL, is a Spanish university situated in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, on the island of Tenerife. It is the oldest university in the Canary Islands. It has six campuses: Central, Anchieta, Guajara, Campus del Sur, Ofra and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
In 2015, the University of La Laguna entered the ranking of the top 500 universities in the world by the Institute of Education in Shanghai (China), being the only of the two Canarian public universities to enter the ranking. In addition, the Leiden ranking, prepared by the Center for Studies of Science and Technology of the Leiden University (Netherlands), has ranked the University of La Laguna as the first Spanish university in scientific collaboration. Meanwhile, in 2016 the University of La Laguna was recognized as the second best university in Spain in Humanities, according to a survey by the Everis Foundation.
Its origins date to the year 1701 when a center for advanced studies was established by the Augustinians in the town of La Laguna. A Papal Bull of 1744 proposed that it be converted into the Ecclesiastical University of San Agustín.
In 1792, by royal decree, Charles IV of Spain ordered the establishment in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, then the capital of Tenerife and Canary Islands, of the first Universidad Literaria of the Canaries, but the political situation on the mainland prevented its establishment. However, with the restoration of the House of Bourbon in the guise of Fernando VII of Spain, the university was established at La Laguna as the Universidad de San Fernando. In this role it played an important role the priest Cristóbal Bencomo y Rodríguez, confessor of King Ferdinand VII and Titular Archbishop of Heraclea.
Split their units in the cities of San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Moreover, its activity includes university curricula such as the University's environmental La Palma, the Summer University of Lanzarote, the Summer University of La Gomera, the Summer University of Adeje (Tenerife), Classrooms El Hierro Sea, and university extension courses, in some municipalities of Tenerife and other islands.
One of the most popular student traditions at La Laguna University is the popular Fuga de San Diego every November 13. Although born in the IES Canarias Cabrera Pinto of the city, it has a great following among the students of the University of La Laguna, as well as in the other educational centers of the Canary archipelago. This tradition had its origin in 1919, when university professor Diego Jiménez de Cisneros arrived at the institute, which one year prevented the students from attending the romería of St. Didacus of Alcalá. But the students did not attend a class, and this was repeated annually.
This tradition consists, therefore, in the non-attendance of students to class that day. At present, this tradition has extended to the different schools, universities and secondary institutes of the rest of the Canary Islands.