WHO ARE WE?

Udako Euskal Unibertsitatea (UEU), the Basque Summer University, is a non-profit cultural association declared of public utility. Since it was founded in the Northern Basque Country in 1973, its principal goal has been the creation of a Basque University. UEU also has the following practical goals:

  • To build bridges between the Basque language and the University.
  • To bring together members of the Basque-speaking scientific and intellectual community.
  • To produce university texts and make them available to the public.

UEU has over a thousand members, organised into sections according to their areas of expertise.

HISTORY

The idea of UEU emerged from a series of annual “Basque language weeks” held at the Basque Museum in Bayonne between 1970 and 1972. These events turned out to be a great success, and following a speech by Karlos Santamaria at the 1972 event on the need to create a Basque University, the creation of UEU was embarked on jointly by three organisations (Euskaldunen Biltzarra, Ikas and Fededunak) between August 29 and September 8, 1973, under the auspices of Euskaltzaindia (the Basque language academy). The first two sessions of UEU were held in Donibane Lohizune (St. Jean-de-Luz) and the next two in Uztaritze. It was decided to move to Iruñea, in the Southern Basque Country, for the 1977 session. UEU’s activities were later extended beyond the summer period and as of 1985 activities began to be organised on a year-round basis in the form of a programme of talks and debates addressed to the general public. The range of UEU’s activity has grown non-stop ever since.

WHAT WE DO

Working for a Basque University

We believe that for the full development of Basque society it is necessary to create a grassroots-based educational institution geared to Basque speakers’ needs that covers the whole Basque Country and has Basque as its primary language. This is the UEU’s central goal on which our present and future efforts are focused.

Academic work

To this end, we endeavour to offer high-level academic training. To meet an ever-changing society’s need to keep updating its knowedge, UEU has become a well-known provider of university-level training, courses in fields of specialization, seminars, conferences, special training for instructors and professionals, summer courses and related research projects.

Publications

UEU’s publication programme pursues two chief aims: to create a range of readings on different subjects, and to establish the Basque technical terminology and syntactic patterns needed for different disciplines. In university teaching and academic research, a healthy university absolutely needs to dispose of a wide range of reading materials. From 1978 to the present we have built up a publications catalogue that includes hundreds of titles, making us leaders in the field of Basque-language university textbook production.

Information and Communication Technology

UEU has been using modern techology for years as a way to enhance its ability to provide advanced training. Given the importance of taking advantage of currently available resources in Information and Communication Technology in the area of education, we have achieved a strong internet presence through projects ranging from communication portals, daba bases, electronic journals and digital libraries to orientation services and computer correspondence courses. We now offer products and services such as Inguma (www.inguma.org), a scientific and intellectual data base of the Basque language community; SoftKat (http://softkat.ueu.org), a Basque language software data base; Buruxkak (www.buruxkak.org), UEU’s digital library; Uztaro.com (www.uztaro.com), the UEU’s journal of the human and social sciences; Unibertsitatea.net (www.unibertsitatea.net), a portal for the Basque speaking university community; Kondaira (www.kondaira.com), an electronic history journal; and our e-learning portal (http://e-irakaskuntza.ueu.org)...

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT UEU

Quality

UEU aspires to high quality in all its activities and projects. Its language work, content, methods, materials and media employ the best resources available in order to ensure optimal results.

Social responsibility

As an public service organisation, it is UEU’s job to identify and address the needs of society in the area of high-level training, and to do what is in its power to make its services fully available and accessible to the general public.

Commitment to Basque

Basque is the UEU’s raison d’être and one of our chief concerns. Our goal is university-level academic development through Basque, and in this area UEU has played and continues to play a pioneering role in the creation of scientific terminology. UEU has been instrumental in opening up new domains to the Basque language. Basque is the language of all communication and work in the Basque Summer University; everything UEU does is created, organised and executed in Basque.

Staying up to date

The University is called on to lead the way in innovation and progress, so UEU goes out of its way to develop, implement and publicise work on the latest topics, with help from top specialists and the best institutions in each field.

Emphasis on participation

UEU is a grassroots organisation made up of its individual members. Its organisational structure is open to all. This results in an evolving network thanks to which the UEU project is grows and gets better every day.

Cooperation

As a public service organisation, UEU supports cooperative ventures which enhance the productivity of projects and contribute to the consolidation of the Basque-speaking scientific and intellectual community.

Accessibility

UEU is highly accessible to the general public and to other organisations. Its open, informal style make the UEU a highly attractive project that gains strength year by year, given its capacity to sense and respond immediately to society’s new demands.

Independent

UEU is not subject to the changing pressures, interests and strategies of any outside institution, organisation or group. It is only subject to its own agenda and the decisions of its members, in general assembly, on how best to pursue that agenda.

A dynamic organisation

The field of education is in constant flux. Universities’ programmes are updated every year; to maintain or improve their employment, academics need to stay on their toes to ensure they are prepared for new challenges; and evolving technology has an ongoing impact on the future educational perspectives. An organisation is needed that is ready and able to adapt to such continual renewal. That organisation is UEU!

Commitment

UEU is made possible by the loyal commitment of many people working to make it a powerful project playing a leading role in the field of Basque education.

ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

UEU is a grassroots organisation run by its own members. At present there are over 1,100 members distributed across the whole Basque Country and abroad. At least once a year, in a General Assembly, members approve the work undertaken in the preceding year and also the following year’s programme. As UEU’s highest decision-making body, the General Assembly approves the management of the Working Group, whose members it elects.

Day-to-day running of the UEU falls to the Working Group, whose responsibility it is to perform year-round management of its programme. Membership of the Working Group is on a volunteer basis; members are elected by the General Assembly for a four-year term.

The Working Group is led by the Director; this is again a volunteer position elected for a year-period period by the General Assembly.

Members of the UEU are divided into 27 Departments, each functioning independently in a distinct discipline such as Art, Journalism, Literature, Mathematics, Natural Science, Psychology, Law, and so on. UEU activities (such as courses, conferences or publications) are organised jointly by the Departments and the UEU’s Office.

Technical aspects of the programme approved by the General Assembly are implemented from the Office, managed by a General Manager. The UEU Office currently consists of a staff of twenty in our Bilbao, Bayonne, Eibar and Iruñea (Pamplona) headquarters.

To contact the UEU, please phone us on (00 34) 943 82 14 26 or email us at idazkaritza@ueu.org

 

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