The Rector's Page


Javier Lafuente - Rector

Welcome from the Rector

Dear friends,

As Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and on behalf of all of us who form part of it, I welcome you to the UAB website.

The UAB is a public university, young, full of energy, of ideas and of an innovative spirit, a ‘disruptor’, not afraid to take risks in teaching, in research and in knowledge transfer to society. It is rooted in and committed to its country and, at the same time, is open to the world, and with the fullest confidence in knowledge, in science and in technical know-how as instruments for building a better, more sustainable and much fairer world.

The UAB stands out through its research and its capacity to establish collaborative networks with the best international research groups. At the same time, those of us who work here are convinced that students are its raison d'être and for this reason we pour all our efforts into providing quality teaching, training the best professionals, making people who pass through our classrooms citizens with strong democratic values, people with a sense of solidarity, open-minded, willing to listen to other points of view, but also endowed with the capacity to critically evaluate the world around them, the society in which they live, the institutions that govern them, and to act accordingly.

And we do all this in what is a highly privileged place. The UAB campus is a green, sustainable, friendly and welcoming environment where there is time and space to go beyond the activities of teaching and research. It is a space for culture, sport, associations, participation in university life, both that which is institutional and that which takes place outside the regulated areas. It is a place where you can forge lifelong friendships, fellow travellers on life’s road, colleagues in future professional or life-long projects. It is a place where we can undergo experiences that will mark us deeply and that we will remember for an entire lifetime.

I invite you all to get to know us, to get to know the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and to experience this university intensely. We look forward to meeting you here.

My very best wishes to you all,

Javier Lafuente
Rector of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona