The UOC is an internationally recognised online university with a community of over 50,000 students. The UOC has a strong international presence thanks to its strategy of forging alliances with universities and research institutions in different countries.
These alliances are built on a foundation of respect for and acceptance of cultural and linguistic differences.
The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) began its activities in the academic year 1995/1996, with 200 students on officially recognized courses in Educational Psychology and Business Studies in Catalan. In the intervening years, the UOC has grown and 200,000 people now form part of the UOC’s university community.
Over these years, the University has increased and diversified its course offering, adding studies in Spanish and English. It has improved its educational methodology, creating a student-centred learning model. It has progressively expanded through Catalonia and Spain with a wide network of centres and information points, and has made a leap into the international market, consolidating its Mexican offices as the base for expansion into Latin America. It has also opened two research centres specializing in the information and knowledge society, and in e-learning, becoming an international benchmark in these fields.
The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) specialises in research into the network society and the knowledge economy, and the study of specific areas of software and network technologies. The IN3 runs a doctoral programme on the Information and Knowledge Society. Each year, the institute welcomes visiting lecturers, research fellows and visiting scholars.
The eLearn Center (eLC) is a centre for research, innovation and training in e-learning, dedicated, in particular, to higher education and lifelong learning. The eLC runs the doctoral programme in Education and ICTs (e-learning).
The Campus for Peace develops training, research and awareness-raising programmes via e-learning to improve people’s living conditions. It takes part in activities in favour of peace, human rights, development cooperation, humanitarian aid, sustainability, etc.
The UOC promotes an integrated system of research, information and documentation related to the use of ICTs in education through its UNESCO Chair in Education & Technology for Social Change. One of the chair’s main aims is to promote equal opportunities in terms of access to new technologies in the knowledge society.