The “ARTeFACTo 2018 – 1 st International Conference on Transdisciplinary
Studies in Arts, Technology and Society” will be held in the Ceia Palace,
headquarters of Aberta University, Lisbon, Portugal.
Rua da Escola Politécnica, nº 141-147
The Aberta University (Portuguese Open University) (UAb) was established in 1988. Aberta University (or Universidade Aberta in Portuguese) is the single public distance education university in Portugal. Due to its purpose, UAb uses comprehensively, in its teaching activities, the most advanced technologies and methods of Distance Learning, without geographical borders or physical barriers, and giving special emphasis to the expansion of the Portuguese language and culture within the Lusophony space (migrant communities and Portuguese speaking countries). In this context, UAb offers higher education anywhere in the world (Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate degrees) and Lifelong Learning study programs. Since 2008 that all programs are taught in e-learning mode, the year that UAb became a European institution of reference in the area of advanced e-learning and online learning through the recognition of its exclusive Virtual Pedagogical Model.
In 2010, UAb has been awarded the Prize EFQUEL by the European Foundation for Quality in E-learning and certified with the UNIQUe Quality Label for the use of ICT in Higher Education (Universities and Institutes). In the same year, UAb was also qualified by an international panel of independent experts as the reference institution for teaching in e-learning system in Portugal. Within the European levels of excellence framework, the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) distinguished UAb with the 1st Level of Excellence Committed to Excellence (C2E) in 2011. In 2016, UAb’s commitment to quality has been recognized again by EFQM that distinguished the University with 4 Stars in the 2nd Level of Excellence Recognized for Excellence (R4E).
UAb is organised into the following academic units: Department of Education and Distance Learning; Department of Humanities; Department of Sciences and Technology; Department of Social Sciences and Management; and Lifelong Learning Unit. The Lifelong Learning Unit provides professional support to all the faculties in running non-degree courses for a wider public as well as in providing services to government departments.