Inspired on the University of Youth and Development UPC emerged in 2004 at the initiative of the Youth Forum of Uruguay and the YMCA of Montevideo with support from the Latin American and Caribbean Alliance of YMCAs / YMCA (LACA) and the Youth Council of Spain (CJE).
The African University on Youth and Development was born in 2009 and is part of the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship. The last edition took place in Mindelo, Cape Verde 3-10 May 2013.
The Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship is the youngest UYD sister University. The second edition took place in Hammamet, Tunisia, in 2-9 June 2014. The overall objective is to promote youth work development and youth participation in the Mediterranean region.