The University of Oviedo is the only public institution of higher education in the Principality of Asturias, a region of just over a million inhabitants, with a privileged natural landscape, a rich artistic heritage and excellent road and rail links in the central area of the region, which is home to its major cities.
Asturias has an exceptional natural environment. About a third of the territory of Asturias is listed as protected natural areas of special interest. Five areas boast the UNESCO "Biosphere Reserve" distinction: the Comarca Oscos-Eo Shire and the Tierras de Burón, the Picos de Europa National Park and the Las Ubiñas-La Mesa, Redes, Somiedo, and Fuentes del Narcea, Degaña y Ibias Nature Parks. The quality of its 200 beaches also provides an undeniable attraction for tourists and inhabitants of the autonomous region.
Its historic and artistic heritage is also one of its hallmarks, such as monuments of Pre-Romanesque Asturian art, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Palaeolithic cave art in northern Spain has also been found worthy of this distinction, including 5 Asturian caves of great international importance. Besides the historical heritage, the region also boasts modern cultural facilities.
The University Campuses are located in Oviedo, Gijón and Mieres. One of the most valuable assets of Oviedo, the capital and political and administrative centre of the region, is its architecture, both historical and contemporary. Meanwhile, Gijón, the city with the highest number of inhabitants of Asturias, is a town whose beaches and open parkland gives it a special appeal. Mieres also has a modern university campus. The commitment to the future of this traditionally mining town is strongly linked to technological research.