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Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain (Lead)


The Autonomous University of Madrid (Spanish: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) is commonly known by its Spanish initials UAM or as "la Autónoma". UAM is a Spanish public university established in 1968, along with the autonomous universities of Barcelona and Bilbao (now University of the Basque Country) during one of Spain's most ambitious educational reforms, which took place during the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Since 1971, the university's main campus has been located in Cantoblanco, a rural area in the northern outskirts of Madrid. Despite being part of the municipality of Madrid, the campus is nearer the towns of Alcobendas and Tres Cantos. Throughout its history, UAM has been one of Spain's most prominent higher education institutions, being ranked first amongst Spanish universities by the El Mundo University Supplement (known as "Las 50 Carreras"),[1] by The Times Higher Education Supplement, and by the Academic Ranking of World Universities yearly published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.[2] For the subject "Mathematics" the university was ranked within top 51-75 universities in the world (within top 12 in Europe).[3] In the "Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 University Rankings", the University achieved 49th position globally in 2012.[4] In another similar ranking "QS Top 50 Under 50" by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Autonomous University of Madrid recently achieved 15th place in international comparison.[5] Its Faculty of Law is the most prestigious one in Spain. It is the Spanish university that has more researchers among the most cited according to the Thomson Reuters ranking citation in 2011.

Service-Learning at UAM

S-L is being implemented at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in the framework of different teaching innovation projects. A large group of teachers has decided to use S-L in their subjects (Cerrillo, García-Peinado & López-Bueno, 2013). These projects have an explicit approach to social justice (Aramburuzabala, 2013) as they focus on four key aspects: social justice, mutual trust, civic engagement and tolerance without discrimination (Opazo, Aramburuzabala & García-Peinado, 2014).

Director Europe Engage and National Coordinator

  • Pilar Aramburuzabala


PhD in Education by the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Her training in Education and her work experience have developed mainly in Spain and New York City, where she worked as a bilingual speech and language therapist, education evaluator and researcher. From 1997 to 2008 she worked as Assistant Professor of Education in IE University (former SEK University) of Segovia (Spain). She is currently working at the School of Teacher Training and Education of the Autonomous University of Madrid as an Associate Professor.

Since 1989 Dr. Aramburuzabala has participated as principal researcher and coordinator of international projects related to teacher training, childhood and health education. Since 2008 she has oriented her research interests towards the fields of service-learning and education for social justice. Her work has been published in various books and scientific journals, national as well as international.

Dr Aramburuzabala has been working in service-learning projects with university students since 2000. She is a member of the Spanish Network for Service-Learning, the Higher Education Service-Learning Network, ApS(U). She coordinates the Madrid Network for the Promotion of Service-Learning. On this topic she has lectured, published, coordinated a monographic issue of RIEJS and organized national conferences.

Project Manager

  • Héctor Opazo


He is currently a Phd candidate at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). He is graduated from the University of Playa Ancha (Chile) and got his MA in Education from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).

In the last years he got scholarships from the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research for a master´s degree (CONICYT, Chile) and the BECAS CHILE Formation of Advanced Human Capital Program for Phd studies (CONICYT, Chile).

His research interests include Research methods (QUAN-QUAL) computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS), Ethics and Community Based Research and Service Learning.

The Team

  • Rosario Cerrillo
  • Chenda Ramirez
  • Jessica Cabrera
  • Rocío García-Peinado
  • Santiago Elvias
  • Enriqueta Núñez
  • Carmen de Andrés
  • Adela Rodríguez
  • Maite Lucas

National Networks/Research Groups

Research Group for Educational Change Social Justice (GICE)