Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

The UOC was created in Barcelona in 1994 and teaching began in 1995, with 200 students. It was the first university ever to run exclusively online. With more than 85,700 graduates, it is now one of the biggest universities in Spain.

Top reasons to study here

  • The UOC's online methodology seeks to make the learning processes as easy as possible, constantly innovating for further improvement.
  • The UOC is a university that renders a public service but is organized in accordance with private management principles.
  • In our University, the student is the main player of an education process; he manages his own time, plans his pace of study and builds his own itinerary.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Education & Training (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

About

History

Created by the Catalan government, the UOC is a university run privately to provide a public service and facilitates equitable and inclusive access to higher education.

Education

  • The UOC’s portfolio is wide and deep, ranging from short courses to doctoral degrees, with the main part of students in the undergraduate or graduate path.
  • The languages used for the vast majority of programmes are Catalan and Spanish.
  • But there are some programmes taught in English. They are the focus of this briefing, and the segment of portfolio that must be covered in this service.

Research

The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) is a research centre of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) specializing in the study of the Internet and the effects of the interaction between digital technologies and human activity.

The IN3 hosts 11 renowned research groups that carry out a wide range of research of an interdisciplinary nature. Every year the centre hosts visiting professors and researchers; its researchers participate in the UOC's doctoral programmes.

Research fields

  • Care and preparedness in the network society
  • Information and network security and privacy
  • Internet computing and systems optimisation
  • Gender and ICT
  • Complex systems
  • Software engineering
  • Urban transformations
  • The internet of things

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
601 -100
2020
501 100
2019
601
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Services

Library services

The UOC’s Virtual Library forms part of the University’s educational model. It is a key service made available by the University to support learning, teaching, research and management. The Library is a tool designed in and for a virtual world to meet the needs of its users and those who use the web for research, training and academic documentation.

Student Life

Campus life

The Virtual Campus is the place that can be accessed without physical barriers from anywhere and at any time, where students will find the necessary tools for study and communication. It is a university campus that students can carry with them in their pocket and which they can access from anywhere in the world, enter its classrooms, consult activities or carry out administrative procedures in the Secretary's Office, etc.

Student clubs

The UOC's graduate community, Alumni, was created in 2008. UOC Alumni seeks to provide an interface between graduates and university, with the goal of becoming an effective platform to enable former students to contact other people they studied with, professional colleagues, teachers and faculties. Furthermore, the UOC's graduate community facilitates access to lifelong learning and professional upgrades.

Accreditation

The UOC is a fully recognized Catalan university. It is constantly assessed by AQU Catalunya (the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency), the Catalan higher education system's leading quality assessment and advocacy body. AQU Catalunya is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

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