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History

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In September 1988, thirteen students began the first year of the degree in Nursing at the University Nursing School, located in Andorra la Vella. At the same time, the first class of the Advanced Professional Diploma in Computer Science was taught at the Computer Science School in Sant Julià de Lòria, with twelve students. These first classes represented the beginning of higher education in Andorra, as well as the University of Andorra, which was formally created in 1997 by means of the integration of the two university schools and the creation of the College of eLearning and Lifelong Learning. The campus in Sant Julià de Lòria was opened in 2003-2004, allowing the merger of the three centres in the same building, and the adaptation of the degrees to the European Higher Teaching Area was completed in 2010.

Throughout its history, the University of Andorra has expanded its educational offer at a steady rate, and two of the most important milestones were reached in 1998, when the studies in Business Administration were launched, and in 2007, with the beginning of the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning. The UdA has an educational offer that complements the three academic university degrees, with a wide range of proposals for lifelong learning, including postgraduate studies, continuing education and seminars.

In the field of research, the first groups were formed in 2006 and 2009 witnessed the creation of the Doctoral Programme, during which, throughout its first ten years of history, a total of eleven theses have been defended by doctoral students. The International Doctoral School, which integrates all the research activity of the University of Andorra, was launched in 2015. It manages four research groups and an innovation team consisting of thirty researchers. The school also heads a research plan that carries out research projects in areas such as online learning, security in data transmission and the Catalan language.

In 2018-2019 the University of Andorra celebrated the 30th anniversary of the beginning of higher education in Andorra. On 7 May 2019, to bring the commemorative events to an end, a ceremony was held to place and close a capsule containing documentation and objects representing the institution, Andorra and the world in 2018. This cannot be opened until the 2088-2089 academic year, coinciding with the university’s centenary.

Historical summary

1988-1989
  • Creation of the Andorra University School of Nursing and beginning of the degree in Nursing
  • Creation of the Andorra School of Computer Science and beginning of the higher vocational education speciality: Management IT
1993-1994
  • Beginning of the degree in Computer Science
1997-1998
  • Creation of the University of Andorra
  • Creation of the College of eLearning and beginning of the first online studies
1998-1999
  • New higher vocational education speciality: Administration and Finance
2002-2003
  • Beginning of the degree in Business Administration
2003-2004
  • Opening of the campus in Sant Julià de Lòria
2006-2007
  • Creation of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Andorra
  • Creation of the first research groups
2007-2008
  • Beginning of the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning
  • Beginning of the Bachelor of Obstetrical and Gynaecological Nursing (midwifery)
  • Creation of the Quality Council of the University of Andorra
2009-2010
  • Beginning of the Bachelor of Laws and the Bachelor of Humanities (online)
  • Beginning of the Doctoral Programme
2010-2011
  • End of the adaptation to the European Higher Education Area
2011-2012
  • Beginning of the Bachelor of Communication and the Bachelor of Catalan Language (online)
2014-2015
  • Beginning of the master’s degrees in Business Administration and Computer Engineering (online)
2016-2017
  • Beginning of the double bachelor’s degrees
  • Creation of the Aula Confuci in Andorra
2017-2018
  • Creation of UdA Alumni
  • Creation of the Camões Chair
2018-2019
  • 30th anniversary
  • Beginning of the Master of Laws (online)
  • Implementation of the new educational model