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Child poverty in cities should be a political priority

Today, 17 October, is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This summer, the UOC spoke about child poverty in cities with Tomás Jiménez Araya, a tutor with UNICEF and on the UOC's Master's Degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization.

Foto: Jorge Rancé / Font: Flickr (CC)


Child poverty in cities should be a political priority

UNICEF's report on The State of the World's Children 2012 reveals that close to 1,400 million people will live in slums by 2020. Tomás Jiménez Araya, advisor for the UOC Master in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalization and also for the UNICEF, indicates that "it is vital to prioritize the most vulnerable children in cities to break the vicious circle of poverty".


Experts call for greater flexibility in digital environment legislation

European regulation, much more restrictive than its American counterpart, is being cited as one of the reasons that explain why none of the large online entertainment companies is European-owned. This is why experts are calling for greater flexibility in digital legislation This is one of the conclusions reached by experts at the 8th Internet, Law and Politics Conference (ILP) organised by the UOC Law and Political Science Department entitled Online Entertainment Challenges and Opportunities and held on 9 and 10 July at the CosmoCaixa.


Electronic tax administration: success stories and challenges

Citizens' right to deal with the public administrations electronically has spread to a number of areas in recent years, but it has been the tax administration that has made a significant contribution to its development. The UOC?s Internet, Dret i Política (Internet, Law and Politics, IDP) e-journal dedicates its latest issue to analysing in depth the current situation in terms of the electronic tax administration, and the areas that could be improved.



"Spain is a country of origin, transit and destination for sex tourism"

The Campus for Peace is rolling out a new course on prevention of and protection against child sexual exploitation, directed by Debora D’Alleva and Andrea Compagno, lawyers specialising in human rights and the rights of children. Both look to stress the seriousness of this problem and educate people on what Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is and how it can be prevented through transversal strategies.

Farid Benavides


"Local peace is a modest but more stable and secure form of peace"

There are many studies on armed conflict in Colombia, but very few have looked at the subject from the perspective of peace. Farid Benavides has spent a year and a half working on ‘Peace Processes in Latin America’, a field research project in Colombia and Ecuador led by Eduard Vinyamata, director of the Campus for Peace of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC). The project aims to analyse violence and conflict in Latin America from a new angle, that of peacebuilding. Benavides has published El llarg camí cap a la pau [‘The Long Road to Peace’], a book that features the project’s results.


The Associate Companies Meeting invites Wikimedia's Head of Business Development

The fourth UOC Associate Companies Meeting is to take place on Monday 22 February. This year's event is to involve Kul Wadhwa, Head of Business Development at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that manages the popular Wikipedia collaborative encyclopaedia. Imma Tubella, the UOC's President, is to open the event and Llorenç Valverde, Vice President of Technology, is to introduce the speaker.


The UOC organises a get-together for more than 2.400 postgraduate students

On Saturday, the 7th of November, the first get-together of the new academic year will take place for over 2,400 students of the UOC´s International Graduate Institute, held at the Geography and History Department of the UB (c-Montalegre, 6). Throughout the morning, the students in the masters, postgraduate and specialisation programmes and their professors and tutors will have the opportunity to participate in different talks and program activities.


The UOC hosts the inauguration of the academic year 2009-2010 for the Catalan university system

The UOC is to host the inauguration ceremony for the academic year 2009-2010 for the Catalan university system at noon on Friday, 18 September. The event, presided over by the President of the Catalan government, José Montilla, will also involve UOC President, Imma Tubella, the Minister for Innovation, Universities and Business, Josep Huguet, and the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia, Josep Vilarasau. The inauguration ceremony for the academic year, which is to be attended by the presidents of the Catalan universities and include a musical interlude from Maria del Mar Bonet, is to begin with the presentation of a retrospective on the UOC's fifteen years from the University's General Secretary and Vice President for Technology, Llorenç Valverde.


The new academic year begins with 38,000 students and new look Virtual Campus

Coinciding with the University's fifteenth anniversary, the UOC starts this new semester with 38,094 students enrolled on one of its first- and second-cycle qualifications, degrees or university masters. For more than 9,000 students, it is the first time they have studied on the UOC's Virtual Campus, which debuts a new look.