UdA student numbers grow by 15%
On Friday, October 1, the University of Andorra (UdA) opened the 2021-2022 academic year with an event at the Claror Auditorium in Sant Julià de Lòria. The guests of honour included the Head of the Andorran Government, Xavier Espot, the Rector of the UdA, Miquel Nicolau, and the Major Councillor of Sant Julià de Lòria, Josep Majoral.
At the inaugural event, the rector noted particularly the large rise in numbers of students enrolled for regulated education at the UdA this year, which exceed 600 for the first time ever. More precisely, 629 students began the new academic year, a 15% increase over the previous year, when the number stood at 547. This growth is driven by the nearly 240 new students who have enrolled for the 15 regulated education programmes on offer at the UdA. Most of these programmes, particularly Law and Education, have seen increases in student numbers this year. The new master’s degree in Education, launched in September this year, has also proved popular, attracting a score of enrolments.
The rector also highlighted the role that research is playing both in resolving the Covid-19 crisis and in advancing towards securing our planet’s sustainability. Accordingly, he called for greater investment in these fields so that research can become “more and more, the central pillar of our economy and our well-being.”
The inaugural lecture was given by the Catalan linguist Carme Junyent and entitled “From non-sexist language to inclusive language: has it done any good?” In her lecture, Junyent spoke of the need to set aside discussions about language and instead focus our efforts on resolving the deeper issues of equality.
Recognition for last year’s 82 graduates
The event also served to recognise the 82 students who completed their advanced professional diplomas, and bachelor’s, master’s and PhD studies in the 2020-2021 academic year. This 31st cohort of UdA graduates received their certificates from the Minister of Education, Ester Vilarrubla, accompanied by the Rector of the UdA.
A report on activities at the UdA and the main facts and figures from the 2020-2021 academic year was also presented. The report noted that a total of 1,962 students took regulated education and lifelong education studies at the university last year. Over the course of the UdA’s history since it was founded in 1988, a total of 6,473 certificates have been awarded, including 1,368 state qualifications.
Date: 1 October 2021