The University of Andorra (UdA) is a higher education institution committed to guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities and special needs. In accordance with this commitment, the UdA is currently drawing up the University of Andorra’s Inclusion Plan, which will come into effect in the 2022-2023 academic year.
As an inclusive institution, open to society and to the debate on ideas, the UdA is home to a plural, cohesive and integrated university community that actively participates in the governance of the institution. Personalised student guidance and inclusion are key values in the UdA’s Strategic Plan. Moreover, the University actively contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly as regards:
- Guaranteeing inclusive, equitable, quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all (SDG 4)
- Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all (SDG 8)
- Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and fostering innovation (SDG 9)
- Reducing inequality within and among countries (SDG 10)
- Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
- Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (SDG 16)
Besides working to remove architectural and sensory barriers and to guarantee equal opportunities for all members of the university community, the UdA also makes great efforts to ensure that all teaching activities are inclusive. This concerns not only tutorial activities and the adoption of an inclusive teaching methodology, but also the possibility of adapting teaching modes for students with disabilities and applying inclusive measures for students with special educational needs.
The UdA Student and Staff Support Service (SAEP) provides guidance for the university community and offers support to people with psychosocial needs or who are in situations of vulnerability that may hinder or prevent them from continuing their academic and/or professional work. The SAEP also acts as a support service for the integration of people with disabilities and special educational needs, responding to their requirements and promoting the necessary action. To this end, the Service works with different departments of the Government of Andorra’s Health and Social Affairs, Youth and Equality ministries.
Procedure for requests for adaptation and support measures
People with disabilities can request the adaptation of the University of Andorra education programmes to their specific needs. Applications must be made once pre-enrolment for programmes has been completed and before the end of the pre-enrolment period. They should be sent by email to the Student and Staff Support Service (email@example.com), attaching the CONAVA certificate of disability. Interested parties are advised to apply as early as possible.
People with special educational needs who are not disabled can also apply for support measures for University of Andorra programmes. Applications must be made once pre-enrolment for programmes has been completed and before the end of the pre-enrolment period. They should be sent by email to the Student and Staff Support Service (firstname.lastname@example.org). If support measures affect the dynamics of a programme, a certificate accrediting the special educational needs must be presented. Interested parties are advised to apply as early as possible.
If needs arise once the programme has begun, support measures can be requested whilst it is underway.
At the beginning of each course, all students will be informed of any adaptations made for disabled people and of any support measures that may affect programme dynamics.