Universidad de Navarra
Awarded the Gold Medal of Navarra in 1997, the Universidad de Navarra attracts an average of around 15,000 students each academic year for its approximately 30 degree courses, and of these about 65% are from outside Navarre.
It is located to the south of the busy neighbourhood of Iturrama and its campus runs down to the course of the river Sadar. Thanks to its size and variety of trees, it is one of the biggest green zones in the city, where about 37 permanent and migratory species of birds nest. It has more than 43,000 trees and shrubs with species such as sequoia, maple, rosaceae, lime trees, Lombard poplars, fabaceae, spruce, white cedar, ordinary cedar, willow, Pampas grass or Gingko biloba.
The complex has some thirty buildings spread over the campus, of which we would highlight the Central Building as being the oldest and most emblematic; it is home to the Vice-chancellor's Office, the Great Hall and the general services. Of a classic and sober line, its glass-paned inner courtyard and its 'noble' floor stand out. Every fifteen minutes the clock on the front of the building reproduces the chimes of "Big Ben"
In the gardens it's placed the Museum Universidad de Navarra
, designed by Rafael Moneo
, it houses two collections, one of contemporary art and the other of photography .
Very close to this building is another of the 'veterans': the Humanities Library. It has more than 700,000 volumes and is one of the biggest university collections in Spain
The campus combines classical buildings with others of a more innovative nature, such as the Social Sciences Building or CIMA (Centre of Applied Medical Research). The latter was built recently and is considered to be one of the most advanced centres in Europe
in research into illnesses that are difficult to cure.Universidad Pública de Navarra
The buildings of the Universidad Pública de Navarra have a modern departmental distribution in the Anglo-Saxon style instead of the traditional faculties. The structure of the campus even imitates the popular and central Paseo de Sarasate in Pamplona in terms of size. The Library, the most imposing and emblematic building, corresponds to the Palacio de Navarra (the regional government and administration building) and the Rectory (at the southern end of the campus) imitates the old Palace of Justice, now the seat of the Parliament of Navarre.
The seven departmental buildings are located on each side of the main "avenue", each one having the name of a tree species, together with the workshops and laboratories. The Aulario (Lecture Building) and the Administration and Management offices are at the northern end of the campus. All the buildings reflect an innovative and modernist style
, characterised by the concrete used in its structures and the circular design of the large ground-floor windows.
The campus is also an authentic museum of open-air sculptures
. It is home to around twenty works by Navarrese artists, amongst which we would highlight "Homage to Saenz de Oiza", the work of the architect's great friend Jorge Oteiza (the house-museum of Jorge Oteiza
can be visited 8 kilometres from Pamplona, in Alzuza).
The gardens contain around one hundred tree species from the five continents. Leaving the Lecture Building, we first come to America (with sequoias, acacias and magnolias...), and then Africa (palm trees, firs, Atlas cedars...) and the eucalyptus of Oceania. Ahead, Asian trees (pagodas, Turkish hazelnut...) and European varieties. There is also a representation of the flora of the various climatic zones of Navarre.
The University has an open-door policy that offers the possibility of guided visits to its installations. (Contact: 948·16 60 73, email@example.com)