The FUOC was created on 6 October 1994.
The UOC was recognized on 6 April 1995.
The Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia, FUOC) was created by initiative of the Catalan government on 6 October 1994 with a view to promoting the creation of a distance-learning university educational offer.
Following the FUOC’s establishment, the UOC was unanimously recognized under Catalan Act 3/1995, of 6 April, recognizing the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, published in the Official Catalan Gazette, No. 2040, of 21 April 1995.
The Board of Trustees is the maximum authority representing, governing and administering the FUOC, in accordance with Article 14 of its Statutes.
Its main functions are:
The Board of Trustees of the FUOC delegates some of its functions to the Permanent Committee, which is the FUOC’s permanent administrative and management body and is responsible for handling its everyday affairs.
The Board of Trustees is assisted by the FUOC Council, a consultative body of the Foundation pursuant to the Catalan government’s agreement of 28 December 1995, approving the Council’s make-up and functions (Resolution of 8 January 1996).
The official act recognizing the University (Llei de reconeixement de la Universitat) provides for the creation of the Council in order to ensure that Catalan society is broadly represented within the UOC’s operations. In addition to its advisory tasks and role as liaison with Catalan society, the FUOC Council is responsible for reporting on the University’s budget and programming and advising on the appointment of its president.
Its members include the president of the UOC and the director of the FUOC, as well as representatives from the Catalan parliament, other public universities, business organizations and trade unions and leading figures in the fields of research and culture. It thus broadly represents Catalan society, which the University, as a provider or a public service, both aims and is obliged to serve.
The UOC’s organizational and operational rules and regulations establish two types of governing bodies: individual and collegial.
Individual posts include the presidency and vice presidencies and the offices of secretary general and general manager. Collegial bodies include the Board of Trustees, the Permanent Committee, the FUOC Council, the Executive Management Committee and the Strategic Committee.
The Ombudsman is tasked with: