The surrounding area
Two of the campuses of the are in the town of Alcalá de Henares and the third is in Guadalajara. These two towns are the most important centres in the Henares Corridor, which has been the main communication link between the north-east and the centre of the Iberian Peninsula since Roman times and as a result, one of the main areas for trade, economic and industrial development since medieval times and the Renaissance.
This dynamism has continued until the present day, and the corridor is now home to numerous companies of all types. The University of Alcalá has established cooperation agreements for R+D+i activities with some of these companies, by means of the University Technology Parks, the Research Results Transfer Office and the General Foundation. There are also agreements and activities to promote and create business niches, with special programmes for young entrepreneurs. This enables both students and researchers to work at an optimum level of synergies with the business world and the constant changes that the knowledge society demands.
Both Alcalá de Henares and Guadalajara have a Renaissance history that is visible in many of their buildings and in their layout, and this led to Alcalá being designated a . The conservation of this heritage is down to one of the world's most unusual civic initiatives - the decision by a group of Alcalá citizens not to resign themselves to the university being moved to Madrid and their commitment to bringing it back. This group of citizens established an association of joint owners - the Condueños Society - and purchased and preserved some of the university buildings and transferred ownership of them free of charge when the university returned to the town of Alcalá de Henares.