UCLM stands for the University of Castile-La Mancha, located in the Spanish city of Albacete (province of La Mancha), near the birthplace of the writer Miguel de Cervantes, the town of Alcala de Henares. Spanish traditions and their famous countryman are sacredly honored in this educational institution.
Meaning and History
The University of Castile-La Mancha was established in 1982. This is the first higher educational institution in this province. For 40 years of its existence, it has become a leader in the academic community, is in the TOP-10 of the best in the country and the TOP-50 in Europe. Now almost 40 thousand students from Spain and other countries study in it, at 30 faculties. UCLM library is recognized as one of the richest in the world. Teaching is conducted in Spanish and English.
The logo was created in 1982 by the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University faculty, and since that time, its basis has not changed. Still, there is a tradition to add various elements to some important dates and events temporarily.
The basis of the logo is a crimson rectangle. In the lower part, there is the abbreviation UCLM; in front of it, there is an emblem, under them the full name Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. White letters and symbols, Arial Bold font. Crimson and white are the signature colors of this institution. There is also a black and white version, which is used for prints.
The institutional emblem in the form of a white diamond with a red pattern of three arches has many meanings: in its image, it resembles a door – a symbol of openness to the world, as well as a keyhole that opens the key of knowledge. Each of the arches carries its symbolism: the upper one is made in the Gothic style, the middle one is Romanesque, and the lower one symbolizes Islamic culture. This emblem speaks of the unification of all people globally, regardless of origin, language, and religion.
One of the temporary versions of the logo was created in 2016 when the 400th anniversary of the second part of the book’s publication by Cervantes, “Don Quixote,” was celebrated. For the time being, the logo became square, the abbreviation UCLM remained at the bottom, a white pentagon with three lines “CER,” “IVAN,” “TES” was placed in the upper right corner. The letter V with the I in front of it denotes the Roman number IV – four centuries from the date of the book’s publication. The pen completes the design as a sign of writing.
The University of Castile-La Mancha is proud of its history and recognizable logo, maintaining the reputation and image of one of the leading educational institutions in Spain.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The UCLM logo contains many inscriptions. In addition to the abbreviated name of the educational institution (on the left, in the rectangle), there is a complete transcript of the abbreviation in Spanish: “Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha” (on the right, in two lines). Both inscriptions are in the same font – Arial Bold from the Sans Serif category. This is grotesque, although it seems that the typographic characters have serifs. It seems so because of the curved legs of the letters “a.”
The university uses its official color for all visual identity elements. This is a rich burgundy shade (# 990033), by which you can recognize UCLM among other educational institutions in Spain. The abbreviation is white, so it is visible against the background of a dark rectangle.