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ICDE Prize of Excellence 2001

ICDE Prize of Excellence 2001

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), which represents distance education institutions from more than 140 countries around the world, awarded the UOC the ICDE Prize of Excellence 2001 in recognition of its status as the world's leading online and distance university.

The ICDE recognised the UOC as "a pioneering initiative in the world of distance education which proposes a new educational model within the framework of university education. It is an initiative for the future, aimed at offering maximum levels of teaching quality by applying innovative educational models and using interactive multimedia technology." The ICDE also stressed "the high level of quality of the educational and research programmes, above all in the field of IT and the knowledge society." Additionally, the institution recognised that the UOC "bases its educational system on the concept of the Virtual Campus, which, thanks to computers and remote communication networks, allows it to overcome the barriers of space and time and to offer a personalised, interactive service for all the students, teaching staff and management personnel who make up the university community."