Awards and accolades

CIS - Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas
2009 - National Sociology and Political Science Prize

Professor Manuel Castells received the National Sociology and Political Science Prize in recognition for his outstanding professional and academic career in the field of sociology and political science.

Consell de Treball, Econòmic i Social de Catalunya (CTESC)
2009 - Mercè Sala Award for doctoral theses

Mireia Fernández, UOC researcher, received the Mercè Sala Award for her doctoral thesis Determinants de la competitivitat de les petites i micro empreses en un entorn d’innovació (Determinants of competitiveness of small and micro enterprises in an innovation environment).

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2009 - Learning Impact Award for the Best Learning Portal (Leadership)

MyUOC, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Virtual Campus, won the 2009 Learning Impact award for the best educational portal from the IMS Global Consortium. Learning Impact is organised by the IMS Global Consortium, a non-profit association that works to improve learning through the use of technology. Its members, some one hundred organisations from around the world, including the UOC, work in different fields of e-learning. The IMS’s mission is to act as a neutral forum where organisations can work together to promote the use of technology and so enrich learning.

Excellence Prize
2009 - Center of Excellence from the New Media Consortium (NMC)

The UOC received the Center of Excellence Award from the New Media Consortium (NMC),  a consortium of more than 300 learning-focused organisations that promotes the use and development of new learning technologies. The NMC selection committee stated that it wished to recognise “the UOC’s leadership in the fields of learning technology and open educational resources”. 

Catalan Association of Sociology (ACS)
2009 - Catalonia Sociology Prize

Professor Manuel Castells received the Catalonia Sociology Prize, awarded by the Catalan Association of Sociology (ACS) of the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC).

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2009 - Alares Award for Work-Life Balance

The UOC received this award from the Alares Foundation, the mission of which is to promote initiatives to improve both people's living conditions, and companies' and institutions' social responsibility and competitiveness. The award came in recognition of the UOC's history of consistently promoting policies to improve work-life balance. 

2008 - Innova Award

The blog Fem un museu – Jo també he estat immigrant (Let’s make a museum – I was an immigrant too) by the History of Immigration in Catalonia Museum, created by the research group OLIBA, received the 2008 Innova Award in the category of service, presented at the Expodidàctica show. 

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2008 - IMS Learning Impact Awards

The UOC's My Way project, which allows for the custom transformation of content into different formats, won a Gold Award at the Learning Impact Awards 2008, organised by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The Learning Impact Awards are in recognition of the learning-support technology with the greatest impact. The judges assess and reward services and products that provide an important technological stimulus to education. 

Associació Catalana de Sociologia
2007 - Young Sociologist Prize

Researcher Clelia Colombo received the Young Sociologist Prize from the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC). The winning work was titled: E-participació: la incorporació d'Internet en els processos de participació ciutadana en la presa de decisions públiques (E-participation: the incorporation of the Internet in citizen participation processes in the public decision making).

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2007 - Flexible Company Award

The UOC received the Flexible Company Award from the Comunicación de Valor Añadido (CVA) consultancy firm. The award is for companies that stand out for their  policies to improve work-life balance. 

Creu de Sant Jordi
2006 - Creu de Sant Jordi (St George's Cross)

Professor Manuel Castells received the Creu de Sant Jordi awarded by the Government of Catalonia.

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2006 - Antonio Baró Award for Health and Safety

The UOC received this award from MC Mutual. The award is for the work carried out by companies and institutions on occupational health and safety.

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2005 - Quality and Technological Innovation Award

The UOC received the Quality and Technological Innovation Award from the Government of Catalonia's Centre for Business Development and Innovation. It comes in recognition of the UOC's history of innovating its educational and institutional model, and its contribution to the development of the knowledge society. 

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2005 - Generalitat de Catalunya National Telecommunications award

With this award, the Generalitat de Catalunya recognised the success of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in putting telecommunications in the service of higher education, allowing universal access to college.

Spanish National Institute of Public Administration
2005 - Fermín Abella y Blave Award

Agustí Cerrillo, professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science, and Vicenç Aguado received this award, from the Spanish National Institute of Public Administration, for their book titled: Las condiciones de vivienda de los inmigrantes: la intervención de los entes locales (The housing conditions of immigrants: the intervention of local organizations).