The University of Cordoba is the third Spanish University in quality index, the second in research and one of the best according to the number of international publications and research projects. UCO has strong links with Latin America in a broad range of topics from teaching and research, to cooperation strategies, common projects, etc. The Higher School of Agriculture and Forestry Engineering also has an important record of participation in international projects in agriculture and forestry, water economics, rural development, environmental and sustainability topics in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
UCO has participated in 56 research projects, since VFP, leading 11 of them. Currently 3 more projects are in negotiation phase and 4 are part of ERA-Nets. In collaboration with Latin American partners, the most relevant projects are KASWARMI (6FP) and DELIVER (6FP). UCO has lead and participated in different ALFA programs and CYTED Networks. UCO experts included in COMET-LA have participated in the following international projects: XEROCHORE: An Exercise to Assess Research Needs and Policy Choices in Areas of Drought (7FP), CAPIRE Assessing the multiple impacts of the Common Agricultural Policies on Rural Economies (7FP), MELIA Mediterranean dialogue on integrated water management (6FP), AQUAMONEY Development and testing of practical guidelines for the assessment of environmental and resource costs and benefits in the WDF (6FP), International Impact Assessment of Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (World Bank), Evaluation of rural development experiences in Latin America (InterAmerican Development Bank), Education for Rural Development (UNESCO and FAO), Analysis of the public policies influence in the management of water in agriculture: Incertitude, Climate Change and WDF (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation), CLIMBE: Climate Change and biodiversity loss: the effects on ecosystem (BBVA Foundation).