ULPGC is a modern institution with a long academic track record, committed to quality, efficiency and modernity. Research activities reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of its 15 centres, 1 ascribed centre, and 36 Departments: 12 in engineering and architecture, 11 in science and health sciences, 6 in social and legal sciences and 7 in art and humanities. ULPGC research includes cutting-edge projects in such wide-ranging subjects as oceanography, marine science, aquaculture, nutrition, ICTs, renewable energies, transport economy, business organization, town planning, translation, tourism, climate change, and the history of the Canary Islands.
ULPGC has been the coordinator of three Erasmus Mundus action 2Projects: CANEM (2012); CANEM II (2013) -Central Asian Network for Economics and Management; and UNetBA Project -University Network for Business and Administration- (2013). Also, the ULPGC was awarded eight projects under Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships and Erasmus + SPORT: MODCLIM Project (2014); UNICAH Project (2015); ReVET, MIND and PONCHO (2015) South-Asia, Central Asia and Latin America respectively; INSTART project with North-Africa region (2016); ARROW project with Mongolia (2017); and MOVE Project (2017).
Other projects in which the ULPGC has participated as a partner are:
- Erasmus Mundus action 2: TIMUR (2012); and IMPAKT (2013)
- Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnerships: ROAD project (2016), Brain Revealed; BrainIT; Playing Beyond CLIL (PBC); ArtiCULan and FITPED projects (2018).
In internationalization, ULPGC has a well-defined structure with a Vice-rectorate for Internationalization and Cooperation, comprising the Vice-Rector and four Directors. One for European Mobility, one for non-European Mobility, one for Cooperation and another for Linguistic Policy and Internationalization at Home. The Vice-Rector belongs to two Think Tank groups of the CRUE (Conference of Rector of Spanish Universities). All their work relies on the administrative work of two offices: one IRO and one Cooperation Office.
In the field of Climate Change, ULPGC is coordinator of several national and European projects actually, funded by Interreg Programme (ClimaRisk, Adaptares, Enermac, Islandap) and is also coordinator of an H2020 Research and Innovation Action ¨SOCLIMPACT¨ under the topic ¨Climate Change, Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.
ULPGC has 7 research groups dedicated to Tourism research, composed of more than 70 researchers that form the University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development (Tides). Tides Institute has research collaborations with 40 countries, within 18 countries are in Africa and Latin America, with a significant number of agreements and contracts with private companies and public administrations.
The Tides Institute has a relevant position as a scientific research centre worldwide:
- 1st research centre in terms of scientific productivity in Tourism and Hospitality in Latin America.
- 2nd most important centre in Marketing and Destination Management worldwide.
- 4th place in terms of scientific productivity in Tourism in Europe.
During the last 5 years, Tides Institute has been coordinating an interdisciplinary network on Climate Change (CC) and Blue Growth, composed of 24 European institutions (HEIs, public bodies, research organizations and SMEs), seeking to generate empirical knowledge on the socio-economic effects of CC in the context f islands and coastal regions, and promote regional low-carbon transition pathways.
Finally, according to the Shanghai ARWU - Academic Ranking of World Universities, the ULPGC is considered one of the five best universities worldwide, thanks to the impact of its tourism research.