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La Nau university building has been the seat of the University of València ever since it was founded in the late 15th century. In 1498 the City’s General Council decided to group together all higher education courses into a General Study, granting it university status. A number of houses and some plots of land were purchased to that end near La Nau street, and Pere Compte was commissioned to undertake their refurbishment. In 1499 The Juries or city representatives drew up the bylaws of the new institution, which was officially opened in 1500. A papal bull (Alexander VI) and royal privileges (Ferdinand II) gave the studies university status in 1501 and 1502 respectively.

The building is a fine example of Valencian Neoclassical architecture, as can be especially seen in the cloister and the façades. Its current architectural configuration is the outcome of a number of interventions that have gradually given the building its function, all along five centuries, from the first design by Pere Compte to the most recent refurbishment actions (1999 and 2012) intended to renew both the building’s functionality and infrastructures.

The University’s growth and expansion as of the 1960s at Blasco Ibáñez campus (health and humanities degrees), Tarongers (social science studies and economics), and Burjassot-Paterna (basic sciences and technology) reduced the academic functions of La Nau, which then became a point of reference for the cultural and
institutional activities of Universitat de València.

Today, apart from hosting the Rector’s office, it has become a Cultural Centre for a wide range of UV activities (exhibitions, theatre and music) and a new meeting point for conferences. It is also the seat of the Historic Library and different university services
operating in the fields of culture and heritage.



Programming developed in the Cultural Centre La Nau includes three types depending on the organisation:


Those activities that correspond to the guidelines and strategies of the Cultural Centre La Nau and the Office of the Vice-principal with competences in the field. They can be developed in exclusive or collaborative production.

The Office of the Vice-principal is the institution responsible for the production, image, dissemination and content.

Activities are usually framed within specific programmes and specific field of activities.


2.1. activities with co-production:

There is an external proposing entity that invites the Office of the Vice-principal to collaborate in the project design and requests a contribution of resources for part of the Office of the Vice-principal.

Resources can be economics, technical, personnel, infrastucture.

They can take place on a punctual basis or in several sessions as is the case with Festivals.

The involvement of the Office of the Vice-principal implies a supervision and involvement in the whole process. Both the content and the image must be approved by the Office of the Vice-principal.

The Office of the Vice-principal is involved in the production and dissemination of these activities as if they were their own, with the preparation of press releases, webcasts, news letters, social networks.

2.2. activities with collaboration

Activities proposed by the Office of the Vice-principal with a closed programme. The loan of spaces and the contribution of technical personnel is requested from the Office.

These activities should be in line with the guiding principles of university action, according to the University Constitution.

In this case, the University is a collaborating entity that provides material and human resources and disseminates information through networks and the web.

Activities must necessarily include the logo of the Office of the Vice-principal in their advertising as a collaborating entity. That requires a supervision of all communication to check that it is quoted correctly the Office of the Vice-principal and the Cultural Centre La Nau.

Organising entities of both have to be accompanied by documentation explicitly containing the technical and personnel resource requirements in due time and if necessary sign a collaboration agreement.

Activities will receive a receipt for the position they would have assumed if it had not been done as a collaboration/co-production


External activities are managed as a rent. There is a valuation of the content to evaluate the compatibility or not with the principles of the University.

As rent, the corresponding rate laid down in the Budgetary Implementing Regulation applies, which will give them the right to use the room and exclusively to the attention of the maintenance personnel.

The Office of the Vice-principal is not participating in the dissemination of these activities.


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