Compostela Group of Universities
Formation3 September 1994; 29 years ago (1994-09-03)
PurposeInter-university collaboration
HeadquartersSantiago de Compostela, Spain
Marek Kręglewski[1]
Main organ
General Assembly Edit this at Wikidata

The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) is an international non-profit association that promotes and executes collaboration projects between institutions of higher education. It currently has 67 full members, 2 associate members and 9 mutual membership agreements with institutions from 27 different countries.[2][3]


Pazo de Fonseca, part of the University of Santiago de Compostela, the founding institution of the CGU.

In 1993, the University of Santiago de Compostela began initiating contact with other institutions in higher education situated along the Way of St. James, to establish a university network for collaboration and to help helped to preserve the cultural and historical heritage that emerged along the ancient pilgrim route.

Following these initial developments, 57 European universities met in Santiago from 2–4 September 1993.[3] They established the guidelines and objectives of the group. These included the following three, which are still the objectives of today's CGU:

A commission consisting of representatives from the universities of Valladolid, Liège, Nantes, Göttingen, Minho, Jaume I and Santiago de Compostela drew up the Statutes of the Compostela Group of Universities. These were officially adopted at the first Constituent Assembly, held at the University of Santiago de Compostela from 2–3 September 1994.



The Compostela Group of Universities is headquartered in Santiago de Compostela, Spain and has a regional office in Brussels, Belgium.[5]

The organizations current president is Marek Kręglewski.[1]


Compostela Prize

Symbol of the Way of St. James (represented on the gold medal, which is awarded to recipients of the International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia)

In 1996, the CGU and the Regional Ministry of Culture, Social Communication and Tourism signed an agreement to establish the Compostela Prize (International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia).

The prize is awarded annually and seeks to reward "[...] any individual or institution that have contributed to the promotion of the European dimension in education, either in teaching and research or in the cultural, social and political fields [...]." Nominations can be made by CGU member universities, members of the Xunta de Galicia and other official European institutions until the 1st of March each year.[6]

The jury consists of the President of the Galician Government, who chairs the meetings, and the Regional Minister of Culture, the Regional Minister of Education and Universities and the Galician Director of Universities. The Compostela Group is represented by its president and three rectors of member universities, chosen annually by the General Council.

The prize is usually awarded at the end of the General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities, with the successful candidate receiving prize money and a commemorative gold medal in the shape of a shell (the centuries-old symbol of the pilgrimage to Santiago).[7]

Recent recipients are:


The Compostela Group of Universities has the following members, as of 2021:[12]

Associate members



United Kingdom
United States

See also


  1. ^ a b "Executive Committee". CGU. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Compostela Group of Universities (CGU)". EURASHE. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. ^ a b "History". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  4. ^ "Objectives". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  5. ^ "Contact Us". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  6. ^ "International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia: Nominate before the 1st of March!". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  7. ^ "Compostela Prize". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  8. ^ "La profesora Pilar Alonso Abad recibe mañana el Premio Internacional Grupo Compostela". BURGOSconecta (in Spanish). 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  9. ^ "Marcelino Oreja recibirá el premio Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia". La Voz de Galicia (in European Spanish). 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  10. ^ "The award of the Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to Marcelino Oreja Aguirre closes the XXIII General Assembly of the Compostela Group of Universities | Pécsi Tudományegyetem". (in Hungarian). Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  11. ^ Editor (2016-10-20). "Compostela Group of Universities announces winner of International Prize Grupo Compostela – Xunta de Galicia - QS WOWNEWS". QS WOWNEWS. Retrieved 2018-09-06. ((cite news)): |last= has generic name (help)
  12. ^ "CGU Member Universities". Compostela Group of Universities. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  13. ^ "Metropolitan College". Athens, Greece. Retrieved 30 March 2021.