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Internationalization and collaboration with universities and research centres, key for Josep A. Planell's presidency

Josep A. Planell took over as the new president of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) on Wednesday in a ceremony held at the University's headquarters. Planell stressed that "the UOC has every potential of becoming one of the most effective instruments of ensuring that all the knowledge being amassed in Catalonia can be conveyed to the world" and, consequently, internationalization will be one of the cornerstones of his term in office over the next seven years. To achieve this, he stressed that collaboration with other universities, research centres and institutions will be key.

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The UOC to recognize students' professional experience as credits for their degree

Most of the UOC's 60,000 students work, and if they enrol at the University it is either for professional improvement or personal development. To recognize and rate this knowledge gained from professional experience, this semester, the UOC has begun the process to validate their professional experience as credits for their degree. Some 448 bachelor's, master's and postgraduate degree students have already applied.


Universities, governments and businesses have to commit to multilingualism to adapt to the challenges of globalization

European universities have to make a greater commitment to multilingualism as it enhances student creativity and competitiveness. This means that not only must they make better use of existing ICT tools to aid learning and online work in different languages, but they should also consider developing these technologies. This is one of the principal conclusions of the European Union funded EUNoM project, which the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) has been coordinating for three years and in which numerous European universities and acclaimed international experts have participated. The final recommendations are being presented to the European Parliament today, which will mark the culmination of the project.