From mansion to campus

CASA NOVA: Now an Alicante University campus Photo credit: Calpe town hall

CALPE’S emblematic Casa Nova is now an Alicante University campus.

The 17th century fortified mansion overlooking the town has been fully restored and was recently inaugurated by Manuel Palomar, rector of Alicante University, Calpe mayor Ana Sala, the town hall’s Education secretary Rebecca Merchan and Josep Ivars, the Casa Nova director.

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Palomar stressed the university’s hopes of being present throughout the province, bringing the institution closer to the public and society.

“A campus should be an instrument that allows us to come into a more continued contact with towns and cities, offering answers to each area’s specific needs with training courses, research and also culture,” Palomar said.

Josep Ivars, from the university’s Regional and Physical Geography department and a member of the Institute of Tourism Research added that the new campus would work towards a programme that corresponded to Calpe’s needs.

“We want to be a meeting point between the local socio-economic sector and the university,” he explained.


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