The Vives Network of Universities (Xarxa Vives d’Universitats) is a non-profit organisation that represents and coordinates the joint work of 22 universities.

The purpose of  the Vives Network is to strengthen relations between universities in Catalonia, the Valencian Region, the Balearic Islands, Northern Catalonia, Andorra and Sardinia, and also other territories with shared geographical, historical, cultural and linguistic links, in order to create a university space that allows coordination of teaching, research and cultural activities, and to encourage the use and normalisation of the language itself.

To be the leading network for joint action and the platform for development of shared strategies by universities in the area comprising societies with Catalan culture and language, spread throughout the Pyrenees and Mediterranean region.

The Vives Network of Universities promotes the cohesion of the university community and strengthens the reach and impact of universities on society. Vives Network performs its mission:

  • Through a coordinated, shared working system, based on equity between its members, quality and service.
  • By formulating joint proposals by universities and facilitating their inclusion in the social and political agenda of each administrative context.
  • By contributing to further strengthening higher education and research.
  • Linguistic unity among member university communities with shared geographic, historical and cultural links
  • Collaboration between universities
  • Equity between all universities
  • Respect for university autonomy
  • Democratic governance of the institution
  • A desire to jointly serve and have an impact on society


22 universities from 4 countries
in the European Mediterranean area:
Andorra, Spain, France and Italy

500,000 students,
40,000 teaching and research staff and
10,000 administrative and service personnel

25 years
as a consolidated network of alliances

The Vives region

Mapa Xarxa Vives d'Universitats

La regió Vives

Mapa Xarxa Vives d'Universitats mòbils

Origins of Vives Network

Recognition received


Cross of Santa Llúcia

Morella City Council awards Xarxa Vives d’Universitats the Cross of Santa Llúcia, the highest distinction awarded by the city of Morella, in recognition of the institution’s 25 years of work and its contribution to the progress of university communities in the Pyrenees-Mediterranean region.


Medal of Honour of the Conference of Vice-chancellors of Spanish Universities

The Conference of Vice-chancellors of Spanish Universities awards the Medal of Honour 2019 to Xarxa Vives d’Universitats for its longstanding efforts in bringing cohesion to the university community in the Pyrenees-Mediterranean region, its influence and its impact on society.

Pompeu Fabra Awards 2018

During Fabra Year, the jury for the Seventh Pompeu Fabra Awards made special mention of the members of the Census of Organisations that Promote the Catalan Language, including Xarxa Vives.

ACPC Award 2017

ACPC, the Catalan Regional Press Association, gave Xarxa Vives d’Universitats an award for its support to regional press.

Extraordinary Valencian School Award

Xarxa Vives d’Universitats received the Extraordinary Valencian School Award in recognition of the institution’s 20th anniversary.

Morella Tourism Board Prize

Morella Tourism Board awarded its 2002 prize in recognition of cultural and tourism promotion of the city as the venue for Xarxa Vives courses and meetings.

Diploma of Gratitude from the Faculty of Agriculture at Universiteti i Prishtinës

The Faculty of Agriculture at Universiteti i Prishtinës awarded a Diploma of Gratitude for the “valued assistance” from Xarxa Vives d’Universitats, as recognition of its contribution and as a sign of friendship within the framework of the university development cooperation programme.

El Temps Prize from Editorial Tres i Quatre

The Tres i Quatre publishers awarded Xarxa Vives the El Temps Prize as part of its October Awards.

Gaceta Universitària Award

As part of the celebrations for its 200th edition, Gaceta Universitària gave an award to Xarxa Vives for its initiative in creating a shared university space allowing the coordination of teaching, research, cultural activities and promotion of the Catalan language.


Official reception at Castelló City Council

The Plenary Session of Castelló City Council, at the proposal of the Municipal Group of Unitat del País Valencià-Grau Unit decided to hold an official reception in the council chamber to show the council’s satisfaction with Castelló being chosen as the headquarters of Xarxa Vives d’Universitats.

Gabriel Alomar Prize

Obra Cultural Balear awarded Xarxa Vives the Gabriel Alomar Prize in 1995 “for its desire to promote relations between universities in Catalonia, the Valencian Region and the Balearic Islands”.

Comte Jaume d'Urgell Prize

The Regional Council of La Noguera awarded the Universities of the Balearic Islands, Girona, Lleida, Perpignan and Rovira i Virgili the Comte Jaume d’Urgell Prize for their initiative to establish a joint collaboration framework, which formed the embryo of Xarxa Vives d’Universitats.