Founded in the early 16th Century, Alcalá was the world´s first planned University City. It was the original model for the ideal urban community that Spanish culture brought to the Americas and served as model for universities in Europe and elsewhere. Faithful to its past, Alcalá, whose University and Historical precinct has been inscribed in the World Heritage List, is today a globally connected comprehensive mid-size university with deep humanistic roots.
As an influential body in civil society, moreover, and its longer-term role in creating cohesive and tolerant communities, the University of Alcalá unreservedly upholds the Sustainable Development Goals as an urgent call not just to states and governments, but one that must permeate our approach to international engagement as an educational institution.
This engagement also mirrors the necessities to respond to current concerns about the future in a quickly changing world; a world that offers new opportunities but that also brings uncertainty. Rapid technological changes present opportunities and challenges requiring refocused efforts to improve learning environments and their outcomes, and the capacities of our university to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
At the core of the University of Alcalá lays thus the assumption that learning mobility fosters knowledge, skills, competences and experiences, including personal and social competences and cultural awareness, that are crucial for active participation in society and the labour market, as well as for promoting a European identity.
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