The Autonomous University of Madrid is commonly known by its Spanish initials UAM or as “la Autónoma”. UAM is a Spanish public university established in 1968, along with the autonomous universities of Barcelona and Bilbao during one of Spain’s most ambitious educational reforms, which took place during the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Since 1971, the university’s main campus has been located in Cantoblanco, a rural area in the northern outskirts of Madrid.
Despite being part of the municipality of Madrid, the campus is nearer the towns of Alcobendas and Tres Cantos. Throughout its history, UAM has been one of Spain’s most prominent higher education institutions, being ranked first amongst Spanish universities by the El Mundo University Supplement (known as “Las 50 Carreras”), by The Times Higher Education Supplement, and by the Academic Ranking of World Universities yearly published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.