Royal Academy of Spain in Rome
Founded in 1873, during the Government of the First Republic, the purpose of this institution is the artistic and humanistic training of creators, restorers and researchers in order to increase Spain’s cultural presence in Italy and to improve understanding of the cultures of the two countries. Since 2001, its doors have opened to artists and students from Latin American countries.
It is located in Rome (Italy).
Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E)
This is a public body engaged in boosting and promoting Spanish culture and heritage within and beyond our borders, through a broad programme of activities and initiatives that also foster the external mobility of professionals and creators. Its mission is to project the culture of Spain as a country with talent, that is innovative and dynamic in artistic production and proud of its legacy. AC/E works with all types of public and private cultural entities, from within and beyond Spain to make projects related to Spanish heritage, emerging art, cinema, photography, science, history, the arts, the performing arts, architecture and town planning, among other cultural areas, a reality.
Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID)
With a presence in more than 30 countries at present, AECID celebrated 25 years in 2013 contributing to the eradication of poverty and hunger around the world, and to helping active peacebuilding – aims that remain present in its ideology. To carry out its projects, it has a broad foreign structure made up of Technical Cooperation Offices (OTC), Cultural Centres and Training Centres. Its headquarters are located in Madrid.
Included in the network of Houses created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, it was set up on 26 June 2006, with the personality of a public consortium in which various institutions and bodies participate. It forms part of the State’s foreign action as a tool of public and economic diplomacy. One of its main aims has been to draw Spain and Africa closer by raising awareness, creating strategic alliances and fostering long-term bilateral relations. It is located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
This was the first institution set up in the network of Houses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in 1990, on the occasion of the 5th centenary of the discovery of America. It is a public consortium that includes various institutions that work with the aim of forging ties between Spain and Ibero-American countries. Its headquarters are located at Linares Palace in Madrid.
This public consortium was set up in 2006 and has headquarters in Madrid and Cordoba. Its goals are to strengthen bilateral and multilateral political relations, foster and accompany economic, cultural and educational relations, and the training and knowledge about the Arab and Muslim world. In the same way as the other Houses, it forms part of the State’s foreign action as a tool of public and economic diplomacy.
This public consortium was set up in 2001 and forms part of the network of Houses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation with the personality of a public consortium that gathers together various institutions. It works to strengthen knowledge and dialogue about Asia in Spain, and about our country in the Asia Pacific region through activities of an economic, educational and linguistic, political, social and cultural nature, with the aim of enhancing mutual knowledge that serves to improve relations between Spain and Asian countries. It also seeks to help increase Spain’s presence in Asia in these fields, particularly at a business level. The central headquarters are located in Barcelona, at the Sant Pau Modernist Site - Pabellón Sant Manuel. The institution also has a centre in Madrid.
This is the most recent of the institutions included in the network of Houses, set up in 2009. Its aim is to bring societies in the Mediterranean Basin closer to each other, facilitating mutual knowledge of the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific and educational realities, fostering and promoting the forging of relations between these societies. Its headquarters are located in the city of Alicante.
Sephardic - Israeli Centre
This public consortium was set up in 2006 as part of the network of Houses of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. It seeks to operate as a shared space and meeting point for Jewish organisations in Spain and from all around the world. It was set up with the aim of spreading the Sephardic historical legacy and political, economic, social and cultural reality of the Jewish communities of Israel and of Spain. It develops its different activities in the fields of culture, science, art, society, education and the economy. Its headquarters are located in Madrid.
International Studies Centre
This institution was set up in 1987 with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. It works on training, research and fostering debate about international relations, along with relations in the business, diplomatic, academic and institutional world. It has a broad training offer from its headquarters in the city of Barcelona.
Set up in 1942, this is a key reference point in the history of Spanish diplomacy. Its main functions include the training of candidates to the Diplomatic Career, the training of public servants posted overseas, the preparation of candidates to the international civil service, the organisation of courses and seminars on international relations, particularly the Inter-university Master’s Degree in International Diplomacy and Relations, and the undertaking of research programmes. It is located in Madrid.
Set up in 2000, it seeks to foster cultural relations and cooperation on education and science between Spain and Ibero-American countries. Its particular features include the joint participation of public and private players in its financing and governing bodies, the role it plays as a driving force of resources between public authorities and companies, its commitment to the geographic balance and parity democracy of its beneficiaries. Its activity is developed around four programmes: “Training Programme”, “International Visitors’ Programme”, “Carolina Network” and “Living in Spain”. Its headquarters are located in Madrid.
Spain-Australia Council Foundation
Integrated within the framework of the network of Council Foundations promoted and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, it was formally set up on 27 July 2010. To date, it has organised various meetings, such as the one held with the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, during her visit to Spain in 2011.
Spain-Brazil Council Foundation
This is a non-profit private entity that seeks to foster mutual knowledge of the two countries, encompassing the efforts deployed from a host of different sectors to boost Spain’s interests in Brazil in the fields of economics and trade, scientific, technological, research, cultural and academic cooperation from a civil society platform.
Spain-Colombia Council Foundation
Set up in 2015, it is framed within the network of Council Foundations with the aim of facilitating both public and private sector exchanges between the two countries. In turn, it also seeks to be a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of opinions and suggestions on issues of economic, political and social interest that can foster relations between Spain and Colombia.
Spain-China Council Foundation
This is a non-profit private institution set up in 2004 and framed within the network of Council Foundations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The institution is in charge of the organisation of Spain-China Forums – bilateral meetings held alternately between the two countries. The most recent edition was held in Barcelona in 2011. Since 2005, it has convened the Future Leaders Programmes aimed at leading Chinese professionals to foster the creation of networks of contacts between the Chinese professional elite and Spanish institutions and professionals.
Spain-United States Council Foundation
This is the doyen of the network of Council Foundations, set up in 1997. This institution is in charge of the organisation of the annual forums that gather together leading personalities from the two countries to address different questions. It has met on 20 occasions. It holds regular meetings, seminars and prepares such different programmes as “Internships in Spanish companies", “Young North American opinion leaders" and the “Fulbright Scholarships". Each year, it presents the “Bernardo de Gálvez" award.
Spain-India Council Foundation
Set up in 2009 on the occasion of the visit by the then-President, Pratibha Devinsingh Patil, to Spain, it seeks to foster mutual knowledge between the two countries to boost interests towards India in scientific, technological, research, cultural and academic fields, while boosting economic, trade and business cooperation. It annually convenes the “Leaders Programme”, along with sector forums and meetings designed to step up relations between the two countries.
Spain-Japan Council Foundation
This brings together the main players from Spanish society with interests in Japan in the sectors of business, universities, culture and local and national government. It organises the Spain-Japan Forums each year around a multidisciplinary agenda of mutual interest. The most recent edition was held in Seville in November 2012. It annually presents the “Spain-Japan Council Foundation Award” for the fostering of greater recognition and the bringing together of their respective civil societies.
Spain-Peru Council Foundation
The importance of relations between Spain and Peru led to the creation of the Spain-Peru Council Foundation (Spanish acronym: FCEP) in 2019, a non-profit private entity made up of Spanish public companies and institutions. The FCEP is a public-private collaboration and public diplomacy instrument that primarily seeks to open up communication channels and build bridges between the two countries. To that end, the FCEP facilitates the creation of high-level contacts, improves reciprocal knowledge and the respective images, and acts as a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of opinions. It is a standing observatory for knowledge and events that affect relations between the two countries and a source for the spread of information of interest for its trustees, institutions and entities with a presence in both countries and the public in general via different social media.
Spain-Russia Council Foundation
Set up following the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Russia in 2007, it organises conferences and seminars designed to promote relations between the two countries. It organised the Spain-Russia Forum in Madrid in 2009 on the occasion of the visit by the then-President of the Russian Federation, Dimitri Medvedev.
The Foundation was set in in 1995 with the aim of creating a forum for dialogue and cooperation between European Union countries and the countries that make up the League of Arab States. This aim is pursued through different academic, social and cultural activities, with a special emphasis on the exchange of teaching staff and on boosting post-graduate programmes. It is located in Granada.
International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP)
This is a public foundation engaged in international cooperation, specialised in good governance. Its aims are to improve the institutional framework of the countries where it operates and to strengthen the image of Spain abroad. Its main working areas include projects to advise foreign authorities, R&D+i on public administration and policies, and the training of senior civil servants and political leaders. Its headquarters are located in Madrid.
This is a public institution set up by Spain in 1991 to promote and teach the Spanish language and the co-official languages, and to spread Spanish and Hispano-American culture. It has a presence in more than 80 cities in 73 countries on the five continents. Its aims and functions include the organisation of Spanish language courses, both in person and online (AVE – Virtual Spanish Classroom), the administration of Spanish as a Foreign Language Diploma (DELE), updating teaching methods and advanced teacher training, supporting the work of Hispanists, participating in programmes to spread the Spanish language and carrying out activities to spread culture in collaboration with other Spanish and Ibero-American bodies and institutions in the host countries.
European Institute for the Mediterranean
IEMed’s aims include promoting actions and projects that contribute to enhancing mutual knowledge, exchanges and cooperation between different Mediterranean countries, societies and cultures. It was set up in 1989 and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation forms part of the consortium that governs the institution.
Obra Pía de los Santos Lugares [Pious Works in the Holy Land]
This is an institution tied to Spain’s presence in the Holy Land that serves religious and humanitarian cooperation and contributes to the spread of knowledge of Spain and its culture among the people of the Mediterranean and the Orient. Its main activity is the administration of its heritage: a set of buildings located in Spain (Madrid), the Holy Land, Morocco, Syria and Turkey.