International networks

The UOC promotes the exchange and application of knowledge and new technologies favoring the improvement of teaching and research in relation to international networks in the field of virtual learning.


EUNIS (European Universities Information System)

EUNIS brings together those who are responsible for the management, development and policy for Information Technology in Higher Education in Europe. The objective of EUNIS is to contribute to the development of high quality information systems. It
encourages exchanges, cooperation and debates between those responsible for information systems in higher education or research institutes/organisations within Europe and
establishes relationships with supervisory organisations in charge of information systems in higher education and in research institutes in each country as well as at a European level.

GUNI (Global University Network for Innovation)

GUNI’s mission is to strengthen the role of higher education in society contributing to the renewal of the visions, missions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance and social responsibility.
GUNi is a network currently composed of 214 members from 76 countries, including the UNESCO Chairs in Higher Education, higher education institutions, research centres and networks related to innovation and the social commitment of higher education.
GUNi has regional offices in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab States, and Europe and North America (USA and Canada).

IAU (International Association of Universities)

IAU is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available to Members and to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students.

ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education)

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is a leading global membership organisation for the open and distance education community, and is open to institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals. ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.

IMHE-OECD (Institutional Management in Higher Education)

IMHE is a forum which focuses on a wide range of cross-cutting issues addressing key challenges faced by OECD member countries in the field of higher education. It serves policy-makers in national and regional authorities, managers of higher education institutions, and researchers.
IMHE’s activities include reviews of relevant issues (such as globalisation and higher education, higher education in regional development), an assessment of higher education learning outcomes as well as studies on quality of teaching and on the impact of university rankings.

IMS GLC (IMS Global Learning Consortium)

The mission of the IMS Global Learning Consortium is to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the “Learning Impact” of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world, IMS’s community of educational institutions, suppliers, and government organisations develops open interoperability standards, supports adoption with technical services, and encourages adoption through programmes that highlight effective practices.

RECLA (Red de educación Continua de América Latina y Europa)

RECLA has its origins in the CEC project of the Columbus programme for cooperation between European and Latin American universities whose aim is the improvement of university administration.

REDDU (Red de Organismos Defensores de los Derechos Universitarios)

The REDDU groups together a total of 46 Latin American university representatives and ombudsmen. Despite being a strictly Mexican association, in practice it has become an international network. It organises an International Seminar on Human Rights and University Rights every year at universities and higher education institutions which has become a benchmark in this sector.

Tallories Network

The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. They work to build a global movement of engaged universities. The Talloires Network envisions universities around the world as a vibrant and dynamic force in their societies, incorporating civic engagement and community service into their research and teaching mission.


Xarxa Vives
Vives Network

The Vives Network is a unique platform with value-added and innovative services for universities in the Catalan-speaking territories, for the entire university community and to society. As an association of universities in growth, through more than 50 concrete lines of work each year, the network becomes the benchmark for the common performance of the universities of Catalonia, Valencian Community, Balearic Islands, Northern Catalonia, Andorra and Sardinia. Its strategic vision is to be the reference network for the joint action of the universities involved.