The Miguel Hernández University of Elche was established by the Generalitat Valenciana in 1996, and teaching activities began in the fall of 1997. The UMH, whose main campus is located in the city of Elche, operates 4 campuses in all: Altea, Elche, Orihuela, and Sant Joan d'Alacant. Its campuses extend over almost 95 hectares, there are 75 university buildings, and constructed areas cover about 210,000 m2. Currently, the UMH is home to 25,247 students, of which 13,002 are enrolled in official degree programs (bachelor, master, PhD), with the remaining 12,245 learning in continuing education programs. The budget for 2018 is 109,626,641 €.
The Miguel Hernández University has 7 faculties (Faculty of Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Elche, and Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences of Orihuela) and 2 schools (School of Engineering of Elche and School of Engineering of Orihuela).
Regarding academics, the Miguel Hernández University of Elche offers 25 bachelor's, 53 master's, and 13 doctoral programs. In addition to these official programs, the UMH also offers hundreds of its own continuing education courses and programs, including University Expert, unique UMH Masters, Advanced University Diploma, University Specialist, Summer, Winter, Refinement, Bridging, University Admission Preparation, and language instruction, among others.
Tuition rates for official programs vary, from between 982 € (for undergraduate experimental-level 1 programs) to 1389 € (for undergraduate experimental-level 5 programs).
The total number of Miguel Hernández University employees during the 2016/17 academic year was 1,823.
UMH employees include 1,085 research personnel and teaching faculty, of which 552 are full-time and 521 are part-time. As for its researchers and faculty, 712 hold PhD's. There are 463 university staff employees, and 275 employees are contracted through projects.
Average research resources committed to the UMH (research income) over the past five years have been 9,800,667 €, and our position in the 2015 U-Ranking of Spanish Universities in terms of productivity is fourth overall. The Miguel Hernández University of Elche occupies sixth position in the ranking of annual scientific production (publications per faculty member in 2016) among Spanish universities (Observatorio IUNE).
The UMH occupies the fifth position in the ISSUE Ranking for Teaching, Research and Innovation and Technological Development (U-Ranking 2017) among Spanish universities (Fundación BBVA-Ivie). The total number of journal publications (papers, books, chapters, abstracts, documents) was 1,263.
To consolidate international presence and projection, the Miguel Hernández University of Elche maintains 593 agreements with foreign universities, 360 with Spanish universities, and 16 agreements for joint degree programs with universities outside Spain.
As for mobility, the UMH helped send off 281 outgoing students to learn elsewhere during the 2017/2018 academic year while we welcomed 290 incoming students into our classrooms. These incoming figures include individuals who came to the UMH for internships, on study abroad programs, and as visiting students.
We participate in various exchange programs and projects within the Erasmus+ program:
- Erasmus+ Key Action 1. Mobility for students, faculty and research personnel, and staff in program countries (European Union), as well as with associated countries (projects with Armenia and Peru).
- Five ongoing projects within Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, and athletics.
- Attainment of an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.
Moreover, the areas of Internationalization and Linguistic Support are involved in various areas to advance the international presence and projection of the UMH.