GIKA 2022. Valencia
12th Global Innovation and Knowledge Academy
Catholic University of Valencia
The Catholic University of Valencia “San Vicente Mártir”, officially created in December 2003, was the product of the merger of multiple Valencian Catholic Church initiatives, part of which were initiated several decades ago. Devoted to the integral development of academics, the UCV currently has around 15,000 students, covering disciplines from medicine and biotechnology, to social sciences and humanities. One distinctive aspect of the UCV is the fact that its facilities are located in marvelous buildings in the very center of the city.
The Faculty of Economics & Business Administration of UCV began its activity in 1995 and is currently located at the “Asilo del Marqués de Campo”, a splendid Neo-gothic style design, built at the end of XIX century. The Faculty has different degrees in Business Administration, Economics, Financial Management, and Multimedia, and has multiple master programs, organized by its Business School, INEDE. Last but not least, the faculty has the pleasure of being part of the Social Sciences Doctorate program.
Dr. Juan Sapena
The City of Valencia
Valencia is the capital of the Autonomous Community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona, with about 800,000 inhabitants in the administrative center. Its urban area extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of around 1.5–1.6 million people.
Valencia has a rich history. It was founded in 138 B.C. as a Roman colony in 138 B.C. and called Valentia Edetanorum. Later in 711, the Muslims occupied the city and region, becoming the capital of the Taifa of Valencia. In 1238 the Christian king James I of Aragon reconquered the city, and also created a new law for the city, the Furs of Valencia.
The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. Its historic center is one of the largest in Spain, with approximately 169 hectares. Its heritage of ancient monuments, views, and cultural attractions make Valencia one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations.