The University of the Autonomous Regions
of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua

For an excellent overview of  URACCAN, its activities,  and the issues of Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast region, see the English language Newsletter

Especially useful as an introduction to the University are the following URACCAN-Update Articles:

Getting to Know URACCAN  (Pamphlet; July 1998)
Opening Remarks: on URACCAN  (July 1998)
Lifelong Education: Education as Work, Work as Education  (June 1998)
Getting to Know About Indigenous Education Programs: URACCAN  (November 1997)
Inter-cultural Bilingual Education  (May 1997)
Spotlight on our Las Minas Campus (March 1997)

Visit URACCAN's own Website at: http://come.to/uraccan


Other informative links on URACCAN:

URACCAN: Nicaragua's Newest University

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URACCAN's accomplishments have been impressive, given the relative infancy of the institution and the limited resources at its disposal.

URACCAN is already offering degree programs in the disciplines of teacher education, nursing sciences, and sociology/ anthropology, as well as sustainable resource management in the areas of fishing, mining, and forestry. 

In addition, URACCAN's extensive outreach programs cover a wide range of topics.  For example, in the 1997 academic year it offered over 50 seminars in areas such as ecological tourism, business management, cooperativism, community development, human rights, indigenous rights, gender issues, electoral rights, culture and bilingualism. Currently, URACCAN is developing two technical certification programs in skilled trades, such as diesel mechanics, electronics, electricity and computers.

The University's staff has demonstrated excellent organizational and management skills by creating a vibrant university with an ambitious, forward-looking institutional development plan.

Since the University opened its doors in march of 1995, the demand for URACCAN programs has been enormous .  By December of that year, over five hundred students had completed their first year of classes.  In March 1996, total enrollment in all prgrams had reached close to 2,000 students.  It is expected that enrollment will increase by 400 students every year until it is stabilized at 3,200 students by the year 2000.

The strength and success of URACCAN - as well as it uniqueness - lies in its embeddedness in the communities it seeks to serve. 

URACCAN is the product of a bottom-up approach to institutional development. It was created by local community members and thus fully reflects the needs and aspirations of the peoples of the Caribbean Coast.

URACCAN's commitment to enhance access for students from various social and cultural backgrounds and age groups ensures continual community support.  Accessibility is ensured in several ways: tuition fees are held to a minimum and scholarships are offered to students in need (70% of all students receive partial or full scholarship support); the university's three parallel campuses serve the needs of the three centres of the region (Bluefields, Bilwi [Puerto Cabezas] and Siuna), each of which has its own unique cultural and linguistic make-up; and, finally, URACCAN courses are scheduled to ensure access for working adults.