In accordance with its Statutes and as a public service, the University of Valencia teaches the necessary courses for the education of students , training for pursuing professional or artistic activities and the obtaining, where necessary, the corresponding degrees, as well as lifelong learning of the University Staff and Faculty at all levels.
On top of that, the University of Valencia encourages the search of new knowledge, scientific and technological development, the evaluation of the results obtained by them, both in relation of basic research as well as applied, transferring research results to the production sectors, contributing to the technical progress and the economic and social development.
In the same way, with its own rationality and universality guarantee, the University of Valencia is an institution spreading culture and science in society, making its access easier, improving and taking in intellectual and critical analysis activities in all the fields of culture and knowledge.
In order to fulfil all these functions, the University of Valencia, according to its Statutes, is organised, depending on each goal, in departments, faculties, schools of engineering, halls of residence, and all those centres, services and units necessary for the carrying out of its functions.
The departments are university bodies responsible of organising and developing research, teachings and any other university activities related with an area of knowledge or a group of areas, which affinity or relation justifies its association from a scientific point of view and under efficiency criteria.
The faculties and the school of engineering are the centres in charge of administrative management and the organisation of the university teachings leading to the obtaining of academic degrees, as well as the spread of culture. On its behalf, the university research institutes are centres mainly focused on scientific and technical research, as well as artistic creation. They also may carry out teaching activities related with specialised education or doctoral courses, and provide technical expertise in the area of their competence.
The institutes of the University of Valencia have as subject of research fields of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study fields, just like the interdisciplinary research structures (ERIs).
The Botanical Garden and the Astronomic Observatory of the University of Valencia are two single centres in which research, teaching and culture spreading tasks are carried out in collaboration with the departments, centres or services that, by nature, are related with them.
The general character services of the University of Valencia are functional units tasked with carrying out activities that are necessary for the fulfilment of the goals of the University of Valencia and that are not specific of the departments or centres.
The halls of residence are university centres that, as part of the University of Valencia, provide high priority accommodation for the members of the university community and promote human, culture and scientific training of its collegians, projecting its activity to the service of all the university community.