Who can join the CGU?
Any type of institution can become a member of the CGU. We offer three sorts of memberships:
- Full membership for HE (higher education) institutions.
- Associate membership for enterprises, publishing houses and other commercial organisations.
- Mutual membership for collaborative entities, institutions, organisations, associations, scientific complexes, foundations, etc. related to or interested in HE.
How to become a member
The following steps outline the application process required by Compostela Group of Universities:
1. The applicant institution fills out one of the following forms based on their desired level of membership: full membership (pdf or doc) or associate membership (pdf or doc). The applicant institution must also take the time to read and understand the group's statutes (English or Spanish PDF).
2. Once the form is filled out, signed and stamped by the rector/senior executive of the applicant institution, the application is sent by ordinary post to the Secretariat of the Group along with the followings items:
A written request to the President of the Group.
Information about the applicant institution (leaflets, brochures).
3. The President presents the candidacy at the next Executive Committee meeting. The Committee considers the application and gives a favourable or unfavourable report.
4. If the report is favourable, the candidacy is presented at the next General Assembly. In order to be approved, a two-thirds majority of the member universities attending the meeting will be needed.
More detailed information about how to become a member of the Compostela Group of Universities can be found in the text below. For any questions or queries, please, do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat.
Regulations for Admission
1. Request for Admission
a) In accordance with article 9.1 of the Statutes, the university that is not a founding or full member of the Compostela Group of Universities but wishes to become a member shall make a written request to the President of the Group. In this request, the university must make explicit its wish to become a full member of the Group. It must also agree to ratify the Statutes as well as all the existing regulations for their application.
b) This request, which may only be signed by the Rector or his/her deputy in the applicant university, must be accompanied by an official document certifying the agreement of the governing body of that university except where the statutes of that university give this power to the rector. If this is the case, this must be explicitly specified in the document.
2. Requirements and Documentation to be presented
a) In accordance with article 9.2 of the Statutes, it will be necessary for the applicant university to justify its request to become a full member of the Compostela Group of Universities.
b) The links with the "Way to Santiago", in the most appropriate cultural sense, will be a requirement for the applicant university to be admitted as a new member of the Group. Yet the absence of such an historical or cultural relation with the "Way to Santiago" will not on its own be sufficient cause for the request to be rejected, provided a formal undertaking is given for the future, underpinned by a proposal for concrete action leading to the establishment of these links.
c) The applicant university is required to demonstrate its European character by enumerating its previous academic, cultural and scientific exchanges within Europe.
d) The request will be rejected if the number of member universities from the same country as that of the applicant university is disproportionately high with respect to the distribution of universities per country and with respect to the number of universities within the country. The numerical distribution arising from the foundation of the Group will not be taken into consideration when this point is discussed.
a) The President of the Compostela Group of Universities will include in the agenda for the next ordinary meeting of the Executive Committee the proposal for the admission of the applicant university, providing that the request has been made at least three months before the date of that meeting.
b) The Executive Committee will analyse the request and the documentation attached. It will give a favourable or unfavourable report, in both cases by a simple majority of the members present and strictly taking into consideration the observance of the provisions required by the rules in force. If the decision is not favourable, admission will be denied and the general secretary will notify the applicant university and inform the General Assembly at its next meeting.
c) If the report is favourable, the proposal will be presented at the next ordinary meeting of the General Assembly, together with all the required documents. The proposal will then be discussed at the appropriate place on the agenda.
4. Approval of Admission
a) After the report of the President of the Group at the meeting of the General Assembly, the application will be discussed and a vote taken. A two-thirds majority of the member universities attending the meeting will be needed for the applicant university to be admitted. The President may give the floor to the applicant university to answer any questions raised by any member university.
b) If the applicant university is admitted, it will then be a full member of the Compostela Group of Universities. The General Secretary will inform the new member of anything that has occurred prior to its admission of which it should be aware.
c) If the request is rejected, the university will not be permitted to make another application until five years after the date of the meeting of the General Assembly when it was rejected, and provided that the circumstances causing to the rejection have changed.
d) Not later than one year from the acceptance of its request, the applicant university will have to certify that it has internally ratified the Statutes and the Regulations for their application. Otherwise it will be excluded from the Group on the decision of the President and lose all the rights it has acquired. The Executive Secretary will remind the new member of this obligation three months prior to this date.
e) Provisional admission as a member of the Compostela Group of Universities will not be possible.
5. Information and Resources
a) Every university wishing to become a member of the Compostela Group of Universities will be sent a photocopy of the Statutes and the Regulations so that it can properly prepare its request and the required documentation.
b) There is no right of appeal before any court of law against failure to gain admission.