(Mérida, Venezuela) On May 7, 2018, the University of Los Andes (ULA) became the first Venezuelan public university to join the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). With this accreditation, ULA is now part of a worldwide network of universities working to support and contribute to the realization of UN objectives, such as the promotion and protection of human rights. The membership is the result of a joint work between the Office of Inter-Institutional Relations, the School of Modern Languages, and the Observatory of Human Rights of the University of Los Andes.
The UNAI is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations to promote global priorities, including peace, human rights and sustainable development. Likewise, it serves as platform for over 1500-member institutions in more than 120 countries can communicate, collaborate and learn about projects, activities and research conducted by each member aiming to advance the UN objectives.
The membership granted to ULA reflects the efforts undertaken by the university in promoting human rights, peace, interculturality and sustainable development during recent years. Likewise, ULA is now committed to work together with the UN in stimulating Venezuela’s social development and continuing the different activities undertaken by the Observatory of Human Rights, as well as the International Organizations option from the School of Modern Languages.
By joining this initiative, the University of Los Andes hopes to strengthen its relations with other higher education institutions around the world, and to contribute in finding solutions to the most immediate challenges the university, the country and the world must face. / Coordination ODH–ULA