The opening of institutes by the UAR is entrenched in its institutional strengthening and part of its main purpose to entrench the University as a strategic actor in the writing of communal public policy and its projection on a national and international level. It is here that we strive to take a deeper look into different subjects that effect the daily lives of our citizens. We look to drive towards sustainable and just cities, shifting existing productive and consumerist models, to answer to today’s social inequalities.


The Plurinational Institute is an intercultural arena that seeks to place in the forefront, and articulate, ancestral and contemporary knowledge of our first nations from a pluralist, transdisciplinary, de-colonial and intercultural perspective.

The Institute enrolls itself in the processes of free determination and political, economic and cultural strengthening, issues historically sought by the different actors of our first nations.

It looks to address and delve into subjects such as intercultural education and maternal languages, governance, intercultural and plurinational participation, the wisdom and practices of ancestral medicine, art, science and spirituality, the challenges of decolonization and depatriarcalization, communities, nature and patrimony, self-determination and territorial autonomy, remembrance and identity, pluricultural childhood and youth, plus interculturality and migration.

It is a place for dialogue and plurinational collaboration looking towards multicultural knowledge, based on the contemporary and ancestral wisdom of the first nations in the three pillars of the UAR’s activities, education, research and outreach, so as to contribute to the writing of public policy inspired by the notion of communal living.


The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta, as part of an innovative and critical communal project, considers itself a member of a global movement of local governments facing neoliberalism head on through policies and initiatives that look to recuperating and deprivatizing public goods and services.

It is within this context that the UAR’s Institute of Local Governments begins its journey. The main focus of the Institute is to contribute to the strengthening of local governments, and local social organizations in Recoleta, Chile, and Latin America, through the development of quality education, research and outreach activities, open to all those who want to learn and those who want share their knowledge.

This initiative will address subjects such as the historical roots and future projections of local governments, local management, public goods and services, territorial development and planning, housing, green and public areas, infrastructure and urban equipment.

The Institute seeks to contribute to the national discussion and the public policy making process regarding alternative economic and social development models, highlighting the primary role that local governments and civil society have in social democratization and transformation.


The Institute for Disability, Inclusion and Caretaking (IDIC) seeks to be a driving force for the development of knowledge and the writing of public policy through education, research and outreach activities, regarding the inclusion, and the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, as well as focusing on caretaking and the long- term caretaking system, aiding those that play this role, recognizing their tasks and highlighting their priorities, giving them a political voice on a communal and national level.

The subjects the IDIC seeks to take on are the types of care, the role of caretakers, the long-term caretaking system, aging, public policy and programs, the legal framework and foster the development of amicable and inclusive cities.

The Institute will work collaboratively with the universities the UAR has already established strategic alliances with, centers that train and research this area of expertise, social organizations specializing in the disabled, seniors, caretakers and their families.