In March 2022, UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, announced the renewal of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Andorra (UdA), titled “Information technologies: Education and solidarity-based development. The case of small states”. Thus, the agreement for the creation of the Chair, signed in Paris on 20 November 2006, was renewed for a period of four years until November 2025. The UNESCO-approved Chair began its activity in September 2007.
The chief aim of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Andorra is to help to reduce the digital divide by means of education and exchanges of experiences. For this purpose, the Chair works on the promotion of information and communications technology in the field of education as a fundamental element for the dissemination of these technologies in society. The Chair adheres to the World Declaration on Education for All (1990) and the Dakar Framework for Action (2000), especially Goal 6 regarding the quality of education. It also participates in the United Nations DESD (Decade of Education for Sustainable Development), insofar as it plans educational initiatives in developing countries and the study of higher education models applicable to isolated regions with scattered populations, limited resources and/or communication difficulties.
Degrees and trainings
The University of Andorra has taken a step forward in educational innovation, implementing in its main degrees a new educational model fully based on competences. This model places the student at the heart of education and integrates democratic culture, SDGs and multilingualism as cross-curricular elements. In the different trainings, students also develop skills related to technology, critical thinking, creativity, communication skills and socio-emotional skills. More information
In lifelong learning, the UdA offers permanent training and refresher courses designed from the very needs detected in many areas of society or that reach the university as specific demands of different sectors. This philosophy of university listening to citizens, reflects a constant effort to promote universal access to education, a value clearly linked to the UNESCO Chair. Among these trainings are postgraduate studies, face-to-face or virtual refresher courses, courses offered in free classroom mode, where anyone can take credits of official studies without having to study the entire degree. Finally, the Aula d’Estiu (translated as Summer Classroom) is a space for the improvement of all professionals, especially those in education in areas such as educational innovation, technology, sustainability and inclusion in education as well as many other areas of general culture. More information
In general, all the research carried out at the University of Andorra contributes to the promotion of scientific knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. Among all the research groups, we highlight the projects of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Education and the Language Research Group, which are closely aligned with the objectives of the UNESCO Chair, as they promote educational improvement and cultural and linguistic promotion from a multilingual approach.
A series of academic activities aimed at all those who want to be part of the university students of the country, regardless of their age. More information
The Children’s University
University social responsibility project with the aim of promoting interest in science and stimulating scientific dissemination among children, overcoming stereotypes about scientific knowledge. More information (in Catalan)
Public speaking competition in which several teams of students from different schools hold debates on a controversial and current topic. More information (in Catalan)
The UdA Solidària commission of the University of Andorra works to promote the social, solidarity and cooperation function of the UdA through awareness-raising and volunteering tasks. More information (in Catalan)
Director: Daniel Bastida