- What is the UOC committed to?
- How long has the UOC existed?
- What is the UOC's legal status?
- Is the UOC accredited?
- How many students are there at the UOC?
- How many staff are employed by the UOC?
- Is there an alumni association?
- Is the UOC affiliated with any institution?
- What is the information/knowledge society?
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About the UOC
The Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia, FUOC) was created on 6 October 1994 as an initiative of the Catalan government to provide access to lifelong learning through the use of information technologies and a personalised educational model.
The UOC is a university that provides a public service but is organized in accordance with the principles of private management. The UOC forms part of the Catalan and Spanish public university systems. The courses it offers are official and endorsed by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya) and the Spanish Quality Assessment and Accreditation Agency (ANECA), guaranteeing academic rigour and compliance with the standards required by the European university system.
The UOC is a fully-accredited Catalan university. It is evaluated on an ongoing basis by AQU Catalunya (Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency), which is the main instrument for the promotion and the evaluation of quality in the Catalan higher education system. AQU is a full member of ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The Virtual programme assesses education and virtual institutions, taking as a model the system of education evaluation used until now by AQU Catalunya, adapted to the peculiarities of e-learning, incorporating the international specifications for evaluation of this type of education. The UOC is also a member of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and is well advanced in the process of adapting all of its programmes to the criteria set forth by the Bologna Declaration.
Yes. The UOC graduate community, UOC Alumni, was started up in 2008. UOC Alumni aims to act as a meeting point for the University and its graduates, providing the perfect platform for former students to contact classmates, colleagues and faculty. Likewise, the UOC graduate community aids access to continuing education and professional refresher courses.
The UOC is an independent institution. However, we are involved in many collaborative projects around the world with other institutions, universities, businesses, international organizations and intergovernmental agencies, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), UNESCO, UNPD, and the United Nations.
According to Wikipedia, the term Knowledge Society refers to any society where knowledge is the primary production resource instead of capital and labour. A knowledge society "creates, shares and uses knowledge for the prosperity and well-being of its people".