The origin of university activities in the Canaries goes back to 1701 when Augustine monks established a centre for higher learning in the city of La Laguna. Its later history is marked by a series of arrangements followed by annulments starting in 1744 when a Papal Bull converting the learning centre into a St. Augustine Ecclesiastical University was never carried out.
Two hundred years after it was founded the University of La Laguna continues to be a point of reference in the Canarian community and also reaches out to the world across the Atlantic. Currently this public institution is made up of more than 26,000 people, between the student body, the teaching staff and the administrative and service employees.
Faculty of Medicine, University of La Laguna. The current Medical School is located next to the University Hospital of Canary Islands, and provides all the necessary tools and infrastructures -as well as renowned professionals- to the students, offering quality education. The faculty is included in the Health Sciences Campus, along with the Nursing and Physiotherapy School.
University Hospital of Canary Islands. Located in the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Affiliated with the education and research network of the Universidad de La Laguna it is under the directive of the Servicio Canario de Salud (Canary Health Service). The hospital has specialist facilities which not only serve Tenerife but the surrounding Canary Islands.
It is near the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, a referral hospital in some specialties in Spain.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It is home to the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The island has a diverse selection of landmarks and natural areas. Millions of turists come to Tenerife every year. There are several things must see and do when visiting Tenerife:
- Parque nacional del Teide. The park has a number of trails and a unique landscape that sometimes appears stark and barren. The main attraction is the cable car ride that goes from the main parking lot to the top of Mount Teide.
- Los Gigantes Cliffs. The cliffs have sheer faces that run vertically almost 1,600 feet up from the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can take a boat ride into the ocean to see the cliffs up close.
- Auditorio de Tenerife. The Auditorio de Tenerife is one of the most distinctive pieces of modern architecture on the islands. Travelers should stop in Santa Cruz de Tenerife to see this auditorium before leaving and enjoy live musical performance inside.
- Black sand natural beaches.
- Basilica of Candelaria. The Basilica of Candelaria is a large church in Candelaria. Travelers should stop to see this basilica and the distinctive architecture. The interior of the basilica is filled with classical murals and high archways.
- City center of La Laguna. It was finally declared a World Heritage Site in December 1999.