FIE in Madrid
is based at Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM), a modern university just south of Madrid. On July 17, 1995 it was approved by Act of Parliament as a private university although it started in 1989 as an affiliated center of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
UEM is a member of Laureate International Universities, a global network of private universities. It is located just 20 kilometers southwest of Central Madrid on the outskirts of the town of Villaviciosa de Odón (or Villa de Odón). Approximately 4,500 students, about one third of the total enrollment, live in Villaviciosa de Odón and El Bosque in student apartments. UEM has a total enrollment of 15,000 students at the different campuses: in addition to the Villaviciosa de Odón Campus, UEM has six others campuses: La Moraleja Campus, Valencia Affiliated Centre, ESTEMA Business School in Valencia, IEDE Business School in Madrid, Real Madrid International School and PROY3CTA, School of Building Construction, Architecture and Engineering.
One of the ambitious projects of Villaviciosa de Odón is to convert the village into an authentic open-air sculpture museum. Year after year the municipal government adds sculptures of the most prestigious artists to the collection in the parks and gardens. The many fountains throughout the village, the Castle and the Casa Palacio Manuel de Godoy, add to the beauty of Villaviciosa. El Forestal y Pinar de Prado Redondo, a large forest and wild botanical garden, declared a Royal Forest in 1739 by the King Philip V, is a true ecological treasure created by the first forestry engineers in Spain in 1849.
The Coliseo de la Cultura, the cultural center of Villaviciosa, was designed by the famous Spanish architect, Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza. Each month there are open-air markets, art market and classic car markets. María Luisa Gefaell wrote a book called Las Hadas de Villaviciosa (The Fairies of Villaviciosa) inspired by the beautiful surroundings of this village.