Established by Law 2/1996, of 27 December, by the Generalitat Valenciana, classes at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) began in 1997. The UMH, whose main campus is located in the city of Elche, is home to 4 campuses in all: Altea, Elche, Orihuela, and Sant Joan d'Alacant. The size of the university campuses is 97 hectares, there are 75 university buildings with two more currently under construction, and there are almost 247,000 square meters of built-up spaces.
The number of students enrolled in official and continuing education programs during the 2018-2019 academic was 17,629. Of this figure, 13,239 students were enrolled in official bachelor's, master's, and PhD programs, and women made up 50.3% of this cohort. The remaining 4,390 students at the UMH during this period were enrolled in continuing education programs.
Expanding this figure were 8,441 students who registered for Summer and Winter courses, Classrooms of Experience, in addition to language courses. Therefore, the total number of students enrolled at the UMH during 2018-19 in all official and continuing education programs was 26,070.
Centers affiliated with the UMH also took part during 2018-19, when they had 712 students enrolled in official undergraduate and master's programs. Of these students, 657 were learning in undergraduate programs, and the remaining 55 were so in master's programs. In these programs, women comprised 53.1% and 81.8% of the students, respectively.
The UMH budget for 2019 is 106,191,255.52€.
The teaching structure at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche is comprised of 7 faculties: Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Elche, and Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Orihuela; and 2 schools: School of Engineering of Elche and School of Engineering of Orihuela.
In addition to these units, there are 4 research institutes: Institute of Bioengineering, Institute "Center of Operations Research" (CIO); Institute of Research, Development and Innovation in Healthcare Biotechnology of Elche; and Institute of Neurosciences. The university has 27 departments.
In terms of academics, the UMH offers 26 bachelor's and 2 dual bachelor's, 50 master's, and 13 doctoral programs. Complementing this official training are 55 Refinement courses (27 University Expert, 16 unique master's, 6 Advanced University Diploma, and 6 University Specialist).
The tuition that students pay for the first examination call varies, from between 831.60€ (for undergraduate experimental-level 1 programs) to 1,269.60€ for undergraduate experimental-level 5 programs).
Staff and Faculty
At the UMH, there are 521 university staff members. Of these, 313 are women and 208 men. An additional 269 technicians are employed at the university through projects.
University faculty and researchers number 1,122 persons, of which 426 are women and 696 men. Among this group, 557 are employed full-time with the remaining 565 part-time. Among the faculty, 787 hold PhD's.
Research and positioning
Average research resources committed to the UMH (research income) over the past five years have been 10,534,105€, and our position in the 2019 U-Ranking of Spanish Universities in terms of Innovation and Technological Development is third. In the 2019 ISSUE-P ranking for productivity of Spanish universities, the UMH is eighth.
According to the seventh edition of the ranking by the BBVA Foundation and the IVIE, the UMH is among the top Spanish universities.
This ranking places the Miguel Hernández University of Elche fifth among its Spanish peers. Likewise, the UMH is third in its classification for innovation and technological development; in terms of teaching, this university is fourth.
Furthermore, most of the undergraduate programs offered at the UMH are found within the top 5 positions in the classifications of Teaching, Research, and Innovation & Technological Development. Among universities within the Valencian Community, the UMH is in second position, along with the University of Valencia, both with an index of 1.2, and only surpassed by the Universitat Politècnica de València.
With respect to the 2019 U-Ranking indicators, the UMH is above average among Spanish universities in the areas of Research and for Innovation & Technological Development. Specifically, the UMH stands out in license income/PhD faculty, continuing education income/PhD faculty, patents/PhD faculty, and triadic patents/PhD faculty.
The UMH is also above average with respect to other Spanish universities for the dimension of Teaching and its indicators of budget/student, PhD faculty/non-PhD faculty, percentage of graduate students, and the university entrance exam cut-off. As for the dimension of Research, the UMH is above average in public competitive resources/PhD faculty, scientific documents/PhD faculty, doctoral theses defended/PhD faculty, average impact factor, percentage of publications in the first quartile, and cites per document.
UMH, the second Spanish university in Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure in the Times Higher Education rankings.
The Miguel Hernández University of Elche is the second Spanish university in the context of Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure according to the British Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, which classifies the world's best universities. To rank them, this study analyzes the main performance indicators related to social impact and groups them into the areas of teaching, research, industry income, citations, and international outlook.
The Miguel Hernández University of Elche fosters and formalizes contracts with foreign universities and institutions by actively participating in national and international forums and meetings. During the 2017-18 academic year, it established 953 agreements with 335 universities.
There were 281 UMH students who took part in outgoing mobility. They did this through the Erasmus+ Estudios, Erasmus+ Internships, Destino, and/or SICUE programs. The countries that attracted the greatest number of students included Italy, Poland, France, Portugal, and the Czech Republic in Europe; in the case of Latin American countries, Chile and Mexico were tops.
Likewise, the UMH, which maintains more than 300 agreements with Spanish universities, welcomed 22% of the incoming Spanish students via the SICUE Spanish mobility program.
The number of foreign students who visit the UMH as incoming students is 245. This is made possible via the Erasmus+ Estudios, Destino, or SICUE programs. According to data provided by the UMH Vice Rectorate for International Relations, 49.7% of incoming students to the UMH take advantage of the Erasmus+ European mobility program. Of the 18 countries that have agreements with the UMH, Italy, France, Germany, and Poland are the countries sending the most students. There are also others from Romania, Turkey, Slovenia, and Croatia on the list as well.
Twenty-four percent of the exchange students at the UMH during Fall semester came via the Destino program for mobility. This group of students primarily traveled from countries including Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
Likewise, the remaining 4% of exchange students to the UMH have taken advantage as Visiting Students. Separate from official mobility programs, arrangements, or interuniversity exchange agreements, these students take individual university courses and complete internships at this university.
*Data for the 2017-2018 academic year.