Awards and accolades

International Balzan Foundation
2013 - International Balzan Foundation Prize

Professor Manuel Castells was one of those awarded with the prestigious International Balzan Foundation Prize, which recognizes scientists from around the world for their contribution to science and the arts.

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2013 - Ignasi Fina Occupational Health Award

The UOC received the Ignasi Fina Occupational Health Award from Barcelona City Council. This award is for companies and institutions introducing new systems, actions or measures to minimize risk at work. The jury highlighted the improvements involved in teleworking with respect to the UOC's staff's health and safety, and the fact that its labour model could be introduced at other companies and institutions.

Hinnovar Award
2013 - Hinnovar Award for Innovation in Hospital Management

The project on rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism developed by Sant Joan de Déu - Barcelona Children’s Hospital, the UOC and the Biomedical Research Networking Centre (CIBERER) received the Hinnovar Award for the platform Metabolic Commons. The award was presented by Novartis laboratories, in collaboration with ESADE and the Spanish Society of Healthcare Executives (SEDISA).

European Society for Biomaterials
2013 - George Winter Award from the European Society for Biomaterials

Josep A. Planell, President of the UOC, received the award given by the Society for Biomaterials, “for his excellence in the research, vision and diffusion of the science of biomaterials, widely recognized among the scientific community”. 

Serra d'Or
2013 - Crítica Serra d'Or prize for research

Professor Teresa Iribarren received the Crítica Serra d’Or prize in the category of Humanities Research for her book Literatura catalana i cinema mut (Catalan literature and silent film). 

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2013 - Barcelona Prizes for Businesses Offering Innovative Measures for Balancing Time, Work and Family Life

The UOC received a special mention from Barcelona City Council at the first Barcelona Prizes for Businesses Offering Innovative Measures for Balancing Time, Work and Family Life for the way it organizes work and uses teleworking. The prizes are designed to celebrate those companies making efforts to improve their staff's work-life balance.

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2012 - Telefónica Ability Awards

The UOC was one of fifty organizations shortlisted for an award in the Customer Orientation category and thus named an Ability Company and Organization. The Telefónica Ability Awards thus recognized the UOC as a stand-out organization for its development of products and services for people with disabilities and its achieving the highest levels of satisfaction and loyalty among the disabled. Thanks to this nomination, the UOC now forms part of Club Ability.

Ramon Trias Fargas Political Essay Award
2012 - Ramon Trias Fargas Political Essay Award

Ivan Serrano, researcher in the GADE research group of IN3, was awarded the 16th Ramon Trias Fargas Political Essay Award.

Holberg Prize
2012 - Holberg Prize

Professor Manuel Castells was awarded the 2012 International Holberg Prize. This accolade recognizes his work that “has shaped our understanding of the political dynamics of urban and global economies in the network society.”

Euro-Inf Quality Label
2012 - Euro-Inf Quality Label

The European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE) awarded the Euro-Inf international accreditation to six core training courses in the UOC's Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications in recognition of the quality of its training and research work. The programmes are the bachelor’s degrees in Multimedia, Computer Engineering, and Telecommunications Technology, and the university master’s degrees in Computer Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, and Multimedia Applications.  

EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network)
2012 - Best Research Paper

The article Students' Attitude towards ICT Learning Uses: A Comparison between Digital Learners in Blended and Virtual Universities co-authored by Iolanda Garcia, professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, received the Best Research Paper award from the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN). 

Joan Sardà Dexeus Award
2011 - Joan Sardà Dexeus Award

The collective work La indústria catalana després de la crisi (Catalan industry after the economic crisis), co-written by Joan Torrent-Sellens, professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, received the Joan Sardà Dexeus Award, which recognizes the book’s influence on the economy and business.

2011 - GSMA Case Study

The GSMA has published a case study on iUOC, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) project that has studied the potential offered by mobile devices to aid learning, and the iPad in particular. Bringing together over 800 mobile operators from 219 countries worldwide, the GSMA association is the world benchmark in mobile telephony and is responsible for organising the Mobile Congress, the leading mobile telephony trade fair, held every year in Barcelona. The case study is recognition of the UOC as a pioneering university in the use of mobile technology for higher education.

University of Valencia
2011 - Extraordinary doctoral award

Beatriz Sora, professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, received the extraordinary doctoral award from the University of Valencia. 

Catalan Association of Sociology (ACS)
2011 - Concurs de Joves Sociòlegs prize for young sociologists

The prize organized by Catalan Association of Sociology (ACS) of the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC) was awarded to Lídia Arroyo, a UOC research assistant. She received the prize for her work Joven para plegar y mayor para buscar trabajo (Too young to quit and too old to look for work), an analysis of long-term unemployment in women aged 45 and over.