Universidad Internacional de la Rioja (UNIR, Spain) (www.unir.net) is a young online university founded on a global vision of education directly linked to companies and business. UNIR facilitates an exclusive, innovative and high quality virtual model of higher education, which leans on a personalized, pro-active, and collaborative distance learning method of instruction. UNIR is an academic institution established in compliance with the current regulations governing universities (100% open university, SME), fulfilling all parameters and regulations of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). UNIR provides international courses, in two languages (English and Spanish), and comprises an academic community of over 300 highly knowledgeable lecturers across the world, along with a strong team of more than 400 multidisciplinary professionals, working on R&D projects and support services (i.e. tutoring, legal, publishing, editing, technical, administrative, etcetera). Student number keeps increasing exponentially, surpassing this academic year the nine thousands (ratio of 1 support staff/20 students; 1 lecturer/20 students). UNIR has premises in Spain (Logroño and Madrid), Argentina (Buenos Aires), and Santa Cruz (Bolivia), in addition to a number of collaboration agreements with Latin American universities. Research at UNIR covers the various scientific and humanistic fields of study (i.e. Communication, Social Science, Education, et cetera), with particular emphasis on the information and communication technologies (ICT) applied to education (Technology-Enhanced Learning).
UNIR contributes to many national and international organisms related to Technology-enhanced Learning, such as Technology Enhanced Learning European Advanced Research Consortium (TELEARC), European Distance Education Network (EDEN), European Foundation for Quality in eLearning (EFQUEL), European Association of Technology Enhanced Learning (EATEL), (Asociación Española de eLearning), Asociación de Informática Educativa (ADIE), and Consejo Riojano de I+D+i.
UNIR participates in a number of National and European R&D consortiums, within the framework of the Spanish National R&D&i Plans, as well as within those of the European Commission: FP7-ICT-Call8 (Hotel, http://hotel-project.eu/ ; Intuitel, http://www.intuitel.de/), FP7-R4SME-2012-1 (Edumotion, http://www.edumotion-project.eu/), LLP– Erasmus-EAC/27/11, CIP-ICT_PSP-6-2012. UNIR collaborates as well as contributor, consultant and evaluator in the EC programmes such as the Seventh Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, Lifelong Learning Programme, Tempus, Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support, European Research Area and Erasmus Mundus.
In the frame of the EU-USR project, UNIR is responsible for the dissemination activities (WP5 – Dissemination and mainstreaming). Furthermore, UNIR contributes to all work packages, carrying out specific tasks within each of them.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Burgos (daniel.burgos [at] unir.net) – Team Leader
Aurora Carrasco (aurora.carrasco [at] unir.net) – UNIR Project manager and contact person
Dr. José Manuel Robles (josemanuel.robles [at] unir.net) – Senior researcher
Solène Limpalaër (solene.limpalaer [at] unir.net) – Junior project manager