Founded in 1499 by Cardinal Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a Spanish public university with 26 faculties and over 30 research institutes. With more than 83,000 students, it is the largest university in Spain, a leading academic institution in Latin America, and one of the most prestigious universities in the Spanish-speaking world. With seven Nobel Laureates among its faculty and alumni, UCM is also one of the top Ibero-American universities.
KAICIID and UCM cooperate on joint research projects, especially in the interdisciplinary fields of Religious Studies, Peace Studies, and Intercultural and Interreligious Studies. The UCM has contributed two modules to the KAICIID Online Course on Interreligious Dialogue. In July 2016, in cooperation with the Institute of Sciences of Religions, KAICIID offered the course “World Governance: Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding” at UCM’s Summer Courses in El Escorial, where the contribution of dialogue and religion to peace were discussed with academics and representatives of international organizations. KAICIID and UCM have also participated jointly in the XI and XII International Congresses organized by the Spanish Society of Sciences of Religions, held in Seville 2016, and in Zaragoza 2018.