Aware of the fact that university education is an on-going process that does not end with the qualification obtained and that it is also the responsibility of universities to keep their graduates in touch with the progress of knowledge, each academic year an average of 90 doctorate programmes, some of which are inter-university, are offered at the University of Valladolid. This responsibility is shared with the other three universities of the Autonomous Region of Castilla y León (Salamanca, León and Burgos), as well as with other national universities, such as the Complutense of Madrid, Murcia, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Gerona, the University of the Balearic Islands, Jaume I, the University of the Basque Country, Rovira i Virgili University, Seville and Valencia.
The average number of students registered on doctorate courses in recent years is 1,500, some 300 of whom are foreign students who study in their country of residence on courses taught by visiting lecturers. Every academic year, an average of ten doctorate programmes are taught outside Spain in Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and other Latin- American universities.
Finally, in our efforts to improve the quality and projection of these study programmes, the number of quality doctorates increases each year (from eight in the academic year 2003-2004 to fourteen in 2006-07), as do the number taking part in the lecturer and student mobility programme of the Ministry of Education and Science.