Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) was created in 1991 by the Parliament of Catalonia from the already existing university faculties and schools. In this way the Tarragona University of the 16th century was restored. From the very first day its aim has been very clear: to place knowledge at the service of society so as to contribute to the social and economic development of its environment, which has gradually transformed over time. Social and cultural changes have opened the doors to a new framework in which the students and future workers are obliged to interact in Europe. URV trains professionals under the precepts of European harmonization, a key factor for opening the doors to a world of work without frontiers.
The university provides a full range of educational possibilities with more than 40 undergraduate courses and 50 master's degrees (many of which are interuniversity), an extensive doctoral programme and a flexible lifelong learning programme so that professionals can constantly update their knowledge and improve their skills. All in all, the courses are being enjoyed by over 15,000 students. Currently, URV appears among the world's top 200 universities in computer science, according to the Shanghai-ARWU 2014 ranking. Also, URV is listed as the world's 66th best university under 50 years of age, and among the world's top 400 universities of any age (Times Higher Education Ranking 2014). The data show that the URV is not only one of the leading universities in Catalonia but also one of the leading universities in the European area for the quality of its teaching, its commitment to continuous training and the excellence of its research, development and innovation. Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) is the project coordinator.
In CLARUS URV will leverage its broad background in computer security, cryptography, data anonymisation, and data privacy research. Also, URV will contribute to dissemination via the UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy.