University of Free Times of Vila Real de Santo António is now managed by a cooperative

From this academic year onwards, the Universidade dos Tempos Livres (UTL) of Vila Real de Santo António begins a model […]

From this academic year onwards, the Universidade dos Tempos Livres (UTL) of Vila Real de Santo António begins a management model based on a cooperative, but will keep all the educational offer in force.

The new operating model will allow, according to the Guadiana City Council, «to streamline costs and expand the portfolio of courses, since, from now on, there will be greater autonomy to segment the offer according to the demand of users».

The change was approved at a Chamber meeting, and it was agreed that the municipality will assign to the new managing entity - Akivida - Cultural Activities, Education, Citizenship and Services of VRSA, CRL - the facilities, furniture and equipment for the development of UTL activities, through a lending contract.

It is estimated that, with this change, the municipality can save around 300 thousand euros per year.

This new management model covers the main building of the UTL (headquarters), as well as the centers of Monte Gordo, Aldeia Nova, Manta Rota, Vila Nova de Cacela and Corte António Martins.

Since this will be the first time that the cooperative will coordinate the 2011/2012 school year, the municipality will contribute, through a program contract, to the financing of some courses.

Registration at the VRSA UTL has a value of 40 euros, giving the right to participate in two courses. For beneficiaries of the “Family” or “VRSA Social” cards, there is a reduction in the fee (15 euros).

For each extra course, a fee of five euros is added to the registration, plus a single monthly fee which can be 5, 10 or 20 euros depending on the course(s) chosen.

UTL's training offer for the 2011/2012 school year, at its various poles, exceeds a hundred modalities. The curriculum includes subjects such as physical education, computer science, English, traditional embroidery, literacy, yoga or Portuguese for foreigners.

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