Federación Española de Universidades Populares (FEUP)

Spanish Federation of Popular Universities

Ordinary Member

Ms. Montserrat Morales Corraliza

C/. Los Madrazos 3 - 1°

284014 E-Madrid, Spain

Tel.: (0034) 91 521 9108

info (at) feup.org


Mission statement

The Spanish Federation of Popular Universities - FEUP consists of 200 popular universities. It is the representative body of the spanish Popular Universities (UU.PP) on the national and international level. It defends the common interests of the project.

  • The FEUP is a meeting point for sharing experiences, systematization, reflection, theoretical production and collective communication between popular universities (institutional representatives , technicians and students participating)
  • The FEUP was founded in 1982. It is a non-profit association based in Madrid.

FEUP is financed through projects with public institutions : Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, Women's Institute , State Budget , ... and through annual fees from its members.

FEUP organises its activities for the entire population, with special attention to people / groups with greater barriers, educational and cultural barreers. It is aimed at collectives in situation of social disadvantage such as women, youth, seniors, immigrants, etc. .

Other goals :

  • Implement political, educational and cultural strategies.
  • Promote lifelong learning
  • Promote respect for democracy, human rights, development cooperation
  • Promote values ​​of equality, justice and solidarity.

The FEUP is a member of the International Council for Adult Education, ICAE and the European Association for Education of Adults, EAEA .

Main activities

Popular Universities in Spain (UU.PP.) started its journey in 1901 (Oviedo- Avilés), linked to relevant intellectual and political culture, as Blasco Ibáñez (Valencia 1903), Antonio Machado (Segovia 1919), among others. They were inspired pedagogical renewal movements like the Free Institution of Teaching and Educational Missions.

Today Popular Universities are entities created by local corporations (municipalities), through an Autonomous Body or Municipal Service Management, or associations or non-profit foundations.

"Popular Universities form a project for Cultural Development, which acts locally, and aims to promote social participation, Education, Training and Culture, in order to improve the quality of life of individuals and the community."

Popular Universities were born to emancipate people, for freedom in conversation and negociation, to the imagination of another possible order of things (IX Congress FEUP).

Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1867-1928): "The Popular Universities are a place where everyone can come, where teaching is dressed in fancy robes and science is served as an amusement.

The 200 member universities associated to FEUP are located in 12 Spanish Autonomous Communities : Andalucia, Aragon, Asturias, Canary Islands, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla León, Extremadura, Galicia, Murcia, La Rioja, Madrid and Valencia.

Popular Universities in Spain (UU.PP) are active in a broad context :
1. Education
2. General Training
3. Training for Employment
4. Cultural Activities
5. Cross Cutting Issues, Skills / Basic Skills,
Equality between men and women, sustainable development, etc. .

At the national / European / international level, FEUP has worked with organizations such as UNESCO , EAEA , NIACE - in UK , IIZ -DVV - Germany, FAEA - Finland , UU.PP. Hungary, etc. . on topics such as :

  • Active citizenship
  • Equal opportunities for women and men
  • Employability
  • Basic skills
  • Social integration
  • Promoting Learning Along La Vida. Festivals
  • Learning
  • Intercultural Learning

Main activities carried out by the FEUP :

  • Annual Assembly and Conferences
  • Governing bodies meetings
  • Development and Conceptual Bases reissue and General Programming framework
  • Technical conferences and teacher training policies
  • Exchange of experiences and good practices developed for its systematization
  • Working groups UU.PP. with specialists in different areas of interest , eg Female Education , Youth Employability , Social Integration , etc.
  • Information, advice , educational materials and dissemination of Cultural Adult Education
  • Development of projects, materials and applications to public calls
  • Promoting Lifelong Learning, for example Learning Festivals , etc.
  • Establishing and strengthening the cooperation with Spanish administrations and institutions to open ways of collaboration and funding streams
  • Support international work , such EAEA, ICAE, REPEM, etc.
  • Promotion the establishment of new Popular Universities
  • Promotion of our project using the web and social networks

International projects

Grundtvig Learning Festivals (Adult Learning Week in Europe), Basic Skills (Hungary), Intercultural Learning (NILE), DARE (Germany) etc..

FEUP have had an active participation in UNESCO International Conference, CONFINTEA VI (Brazil, 2009), with the Spanish Ministry of Education, as part of the National Delegation of Spain.

These last 5 years, as well as in the past, FEUP has been working with the Gender and Education Office of the International Council of Adult Education, ICAE-GEO and with REPEM, Red de Educación Popular de Mujeres de América Latina y el Caribe, the network of women educators from Latin America and Caribe. FEUP tool part in the publications about methodology for women educators and empowerment of women in social abilities and employment. These works have been realized with the support of the Spanish National Woman Institute, in the framework of agreements between FEUP and the Spanish Woman Institute.

The FEUP will continue to drive the learning of young people and of adults, as it has become, under the circumstances of the economic crisis, in a way to achieve the qualification of the low-skilled or professionals whose skills have become obsolete, allowing them to acquire "key skills"at any point in their lives. Lifelong learning has become an integral component of improving European competitiveness by promoting the employability and adaptability of workers (POPULAR UNIVERSITIES. FUNDAMENTALS AND PROGRAMMING FRAMEWORK 2012-2015)

  • "BE supportive, NOT violent! Positive parenting for happy children!" (Nr. Ref. JUST/2010/DAP3/AG/1059 30-CE-0396518/00-42)
  • "Where the Rivers Meet" (Nr. Ref. JLS/2009-2010/FRAC/AG)
  • "ALICE - Adults Learning for Intergenerational Creative Experience", 518106-LLP-1-2011-1-IT GRUNDTVIG- GMP
  • "The Knowledge Volunteers", 517904-LLP-1-2011-1-IT GRUNDTVIG-GMP
  • "Increase Vocational Skills to Face Earthquake Risk Inside of Buildings" / SISMILE, 517560-LLP-1-2011-1-TR-LEONARDOLMP
  • "European Workplace Tutor " DE/11/LLP-LdV


General Programmes Framework of the Popular Universities in Spain (available on FEUP's webpage):

  • Educación y Cultura, Claves de Nuevos Tiempos. Las Universidades Populares. Ponencia Bases Conceptuales y Marco General de Programación. FEUP 2012-2015. X Congreso FEUP
  • “Marco de Programación y Bases Conceptuales de las Universidades Populares”. FEUP, Albacete 2000” (VII Congreso de Universidades Populares Españolas de UU.PP)
  • “Bases Conceptuales y Marco General de Programación 2004 – 2008. FEUP: Aprendizaje y globalización”. Puerto de la Cruz 2004 (VIII Congreso de UU.PP.)
  • "Bases Conceptuales y Marco General de Programación X Congreso"

Other FEUP publications:

  • Resumen Historia de las UU.PP. y la FEUP en España, (2010)
  • Breve Historia sobre el origen del los Festivales del Aprendizaje a lo Largo de la Vida y la Educación de Personas Adultas”. FEUP. (2010)
  • “Trascendiendo el Atlántico a través de las redes. Metodologías con personas jóvenes y adultas en América Latina y en España” (2010, REPEM / FEUP/ Instituto Mujer España / DVV Internacional)
  • “Portafolio de activos para mujeres rurales” (REPEM/FEUP/FAO-ONU Uruguay. 2011)
  • “Sumando Saberes. Incidencia política por los derechos de las mujeres” ICAE / FEUP / ONU MUJERES / I. MUJER ESPAÑA / FONDO SOCIAL EUROPEO, 2011).