Universidad Internacional de La Rioja

Recognition of UNIR

The Parliament of La Rioja, on 13 October 2008, in Law 3/2008, recognizes the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) as a private Spanish university, with its own legal personality as an institution based in La Rioja whose operations make an intensive use of information and communications technologies. It offers a university education and provides the public service of higher education by means of research, teaching and study.

Law 3/2008 of 13 October provides that the International University of La Rioja may, offer courses of study leading to the issuance of official degrees valid throughout Europe in a exclusive or partial manner.

The International University of La Rioja shall be governed by basic national laws for universities and further regulations, as well as its own organizational and operational rules, which shall explicitly set forth that its activities are based on the principle of academic freedom, as expressed in the freedoms of teaching, research and study.

The International University of La Rioja has emerged from society, and its mission is to provide an education to all people throughout their lives by offering the utmost access to knowledge, with the aim of meeting the needs of professionals immersed in the labor market who need to deepen their academic background.

Moreover, UNIR is sensitive to the needs of groups that encounter more serious difficulties in entering higher education, and thus seeks to make a reality of the principal of quality of opportunities and universal access for persons with disabilities (Law 51/2003 of 2 December).

The institutions participating in the enterprise carrying out the project have more than 15 years of experience in the fields of higher education and professional publishing. The UNIR development group is staffed by professionals in a great number of fields of knowledge and entrepreneurial activities.

Today the Spanish university system is made up of 77 universities, 50 public and 27 private, distributed throughout the country on more than 180 campuses. Currently, UNIR is among the 7 special universities which offer specialised postgraduate programs. Alongside the academic training it provides, the Spanish university system is also actively engaged in research and knowledge transfer.

As of 2009, UNIR has appointed GMDC Asia Pte Ltd as its exclusive partner, promote and market its educational programs in the region.

UNIR is registered and recognised by the Ministry of Education in Spain.
(For a listing of Spanish Universities registered with the Spanish Ministry of Education, please visit www.educacion.es or www.universidad.es)

UNIR is accredited by the National Agency of Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA). ANECA is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and it has successfully passed the external evaluation process conducted by the ENQA, which represents a recognition of the prodessionalism of the agency’s work and reaffirmed its transparency and independence.
(For more information about ANECA, please visit www.aneca.es)


The UNIR’s own qualification are courses offered and certified by the University, which have an eminently practical approach and are oriented towards the demand for specialised education in various professional sectors, which makes them one of the options mostly commonly chosen amongst all university studies. Spanish university legistation, in addition to the UNIR’s Organisational and Operational Regulations, authorises UNIR to award European Bachelors Programme (EPB) qualifications and to establish agreements with other institutions both within and outside Spain.