University of Rovira i Virgili
The University of Rovira i Virgili
On 30th December 1991, the Catalan Government passed Law 36/1991 and created the Rovira i Virgili University (published in the Catalan Government's official gazette on 15th January 1992). This law stipulates that "the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) must integrate and order the university studies that are at present being taught in the south of Catalonia as well as any new subjects, so forming the base for the development of a new University with a character all of its own". And it goes on: "The aims are, among others, to improve the territorial organization, the quality and the potential of the public service of further education to make it possible for people to exercise their right to education established in article 27.5 of the Spanish Constitution, and to increase and improve the structure of the provision of university places throughout Catalonia."
The same law states: "The name of the University is in honour of the illustrious Catalan, Antoni Rovira i Virgili, writer, historian and politician and one of the most important theorisers and champions of Catalonia's national cause, who was president of the parliament of Catalonia and an example of public-spiritedness, hard work and esteem for the values of our people."