The auditorium Claror de Sant Julià de Lòria welcomed the official inauguration ceremony of the 2018-2019 academic year, chaired by the Head of Government, Antoni Martí. The inaugural lesson, entitled “Communication and language”, was given by journalist Joaquim Maria Puyal (Ph.D. in Linguistics).
During the ceremony, it was emphasized that since September 1988, more than 15,200 students have been processed in higher education in about 600 different formations. 4,877 diplomas have been issued, including formal training and ongoing training, of which 1,100 are state titles.
The event also served to remember the last 2017-2018 course at the University of Andorra (UdA). With the incorporation of new continuing education studies during the period, the absolute number of course enrollments (first semester data) increased to 1,741 total. In June, 86 students obtained their respective state degrees, 45 of which have received the diplomas from the hands of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Eric Jover, accompanied by the rector of UdA, Miquel Nicolau.
With regard to the 2018-2019 academic year that begins, the global volume of students in regulated education taught at the University of Andorra, whether in face-to-face or virtual mode, continues to experience a significant increase, with a growth in tuition fees 8.2% compared to the previous year. In particular, new entrants that have joined the first year of regulated studies are 26.4% more than last year. The most demanded career has been the bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (37 new students), followed by Bachelors in Nursing (31) and in Computer Science (30).
Among the novelties, the beginning of the new Master’s in Law that gives access to becoming a professional lawyer in Andorra stands out, as well as the implementation of the first course of studies with the new teaching methodology of the University of Andorra: the bachelor in Education Sciences (dual and multilingual).
“In addition to the new methodology based on competences and eliminating the classic concept of the subject, in this syllabus the democratic culture, intercultural dialogue and sustainability are at the center”, said the rector. “And all the other curriculum will be adapted during this course and the next to the new methodology and with the inclusion of these values.” “The immediate future, he added,” has been defined in the new strategic model 2018-2022 approved before the summer by the University Council. A strategic model for the next four years that puts in the center of academic activity, among others, the values of rigor, honesty, diversity and democracy.”