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zaragozaThe University of Zaragoza is located in the city of Zaragoza, the administrative capital of the region of Aragon, in the north-east of Spain. The university was founded in 1542, and is one of the oldest universities in Spain. It employs 3190 academics, supported by 1687 administration and service staff. There are 19 faculties, offering a total of 78 degree courses. Currently, over 32,000 students are registered, including 2270 postgraduates and 840 foreign students. The university has 15 spin-off companies and 5 research institutes.

The University has four campuses; the technical and engineering faculties are all on the same campus in the centre of Zaragoza. The university facilities include 20 libraries, 11 halls of residence and a sports centre. The university community is provided with a range of services, such as medical care, legal and psychological counselling, cultural activities, etc. The University has a language center that offers courses in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic and modern Greek. It also offers Spanish courses for foreign students and researchers.

The University of Zaragoza hosts the Researcher Mobility Centre for the region of Aragon, which belongs to the European Network of Mobility Centres (ERA-MORE). It offers support to foreign researchers on issues such as accommodation, visas, job opportunities, grants, recognition and accreditation of degrees, legal assistance. The management of European research projects is supported by the university’s European Projects Office. The office provides help at the different stages of a project, including negotiation with the Commission, legal assistance, industrial and intellectual property rights, economic and financial management of the project, etc

The Fluid Mechanics Group belongs to the Faculty of Engineering and comprises 3 full professors, 9 associate professors and 7 assistant professors. The group is very active in undergraduate and postgraduate education. It has a distinguished PhD programme, which has obtained the Quality Award since 2004.

All members of the group belong to LITEC (Laboratory for Research on Combustion Technologies), a publicly funded research institute. With about 60 staff, LITEC is the largest group in Spain conducting R&D in combustion. The activities at LITEC are wide-ranging and include design and testing of burners, combustion of particles and drops, pollutant formation, novel techniques for combustion monitoring and control, use of syngas in premixed combustors, and combustion instabilities, etc. Extensive experimental facilities are available, such as a multi-fuel 500 kW furnace, a gas-fired 100 kW furnace, entrained-flow reactor, flat-flame burner and a premixed combustor, all of them complemented with a wide range of instrumentation.