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The University of Barcelona: 564 years of history

The most important dates and events

Until1450
  • 13th century The city already possesses several civil and ecclesiastical schools.
  • 1402 King Martí the Humane establishes departments that will become the Estudi General of Medicine and the Arts.
  • 1450 King Alphonse V unifies all university education into the Estudi General of Barcelona.

1450-1717
  • 1536 Construction begins on a new building for the Estudis Generals in the Rambla.
  • 1559 The institution becomes the Estudi General for all faculties. 
  • 1714 With the capture of Barcelona by the French in the War of Spanish Succession, all studies are moved to Cervera.
1717-1939
  • 1842 The University is permanently restored to the city of Barcelona.
  • 1874 Elies Rogent's new building in Plaça de la Universitat is officially opened.
  • 1933 The University approves its Statute of Autonomy.

From 1939
  • 1939 The Franco dictatorship brings a period of severe repression at the UB.
  • 1950 Construction begins on new UB buildings.
  • 1977 The end of the dictatorship brings normalization, modernization and democratization to the University.
  • 1985 University autonomy is restored.
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