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The Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona close to Bellaterra, where I currently study Computer Science. It's a quite big University, with science, humanities and everything else. We are one of the few universities in Spain with an american-style campus, with lots of grass, where you can find most of the students, instead of being in class.

My favourite places are the faculties of Audiovisual Communication (Journalism et al.), which is one of the newest buildings, with lots of light, a very nice 'lobby' and perhaps the prettiest female population on the campus. Other highlights would be the faculty of Translation and Interpretation, with a very nice inner garden and the CVC building (home of the renowned Centre de Visió per Computador, that is, the Computer Vision center), with its squared building with mirror windows (and a pretty stone garden inside). The oldest buildings are pretty boring themselves, built using the same ideas over and over and a very boxy feeling.

Some interesting resources and places are:

A rather fine place to be, if you ask me.

The University of Alabama is considered the heartbeat of the Birmingham metropolitan area. It is the largest employer in the city, having displaced BellSouth, nee South Central Bell, sometime in the mid to late eighties. Currently it employs almost 53,000 people (about 6% of the Metropolitan Statistical Area), and recently it was proclaimed to have a 2.3 billion dollar annual impact. The University was founded in 1969, and has since established itself as one of the premier Medical Schools in the country. According to US News and World Report, it is the 28th best Medical School in the US for Research, and 30th in Primary Care Studies. These scores place it in the same tier as Dartmouth, Northwestern, Emory and NYU.

All this information was compiled from the UAB website, specifically http://main.uab.edu, except for the US News Rankings, those can be found at http://www.usnews.com.

- Robert Goddam

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