UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia is a private university founded in 1996 with a clear mission: to provide students with the knowledge and skills to serve society, to contribute to the further expansion of human knowledge through research as an integral part of the development of man and mankind, and to participate in the evangelical mission of the Catholic Church in the areas of education and culture.
CAM students can count on personalized attention that fits their needs. UCAM staff value personal relationships in the learning context. This is why each student is given a personal tutor and class sizes are deliberately kept small. The variety of the academic programs on offer, constantly adapted to the real needs of society and recognized by the European Higher Education Area, reflects this core guideline: each student is a reason for UCAM to continue its work of striving for perfection.
In 1978 Pope John Paul I promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, which made allowance, in Article 3.3, for the establishment of Catholic universities by laypersons. Prior to Ex Corde Ecclesiae, only clergy and religious, along with affiliated institutions such as regional episcopal conferences and religious societies, were authorized under canon law to found institutes of higher learning under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Church. The document reflects the directives of the Second Vatican Council, which called for increased lay participation in the Church's liturgical and administrative life.
UCAM’s campus is located at the Jerónimos Monastery, which is a historical site erected in the 18th century. The university disposes of an area of over 225,000 square meters with gardens, parking and sports facilities, laboratories and research centers. Together with its baroque church, UCAM’s campus has been declared a historical-artistic national monument.
UCAM’s Campus de los Jeronimos is located in Murcia, the capital city of the southeastern region of Spain, where the Mediterranean weather joins the natural beauties of the beaches of Costa Cálida, with the mountains and fields of the Huerta de Europa. The heritage of Spanish culture, known for flamenco, tapas and fiesta, is reflected in Murcia’s people: welcoming, warm, enthusiastic and sociable. As a midsize region (1.5 million inhabitants), Murcia is full of artistic and social dynamics with especially affordable living costs, a safe environment and modern infrastructure.