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The UOC launches a guide to promote the use of Wikipedia in universities

The guide, freely available online, forms part of the results of the project Wikipedia for Higher Education (wiki4HE Project) of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3-UOC) and is framed within the RecerCaixa research programme of excellence promoted by "la Caixa" Foundation in collaboration with the Catalan Association of Public Universities.

Joan Mir Foundation and UOC launch first MOOC on artist

The Mir Chair, a joint project by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and Barcelona's Joan Mir Foundation, is set to start the first MOOC on the artist on Wednesday, 7 October. The course, "Joan Mir: an Artist Who Defined a Century", funded by the Secretariat for Universities and Research of the Catalan Ministry Economy and Knowledge, "addresses the seminal role Mir played as a Catalan artist who achieved international fame", explains Robert Lubar, director of the Mir Chair and the UOC's postgraduate course in Mir Studies.

The cost of watching movies on the Internet is not excessive, it is, in fact, insultingly low"

The Internet has revolutionized numerous aspects of our life and the world of cinema is no exception. The film industry is working out how to adapt to the new ways of reaching and connecting to their audience. In this context, the Filmin platform stands out as a leading force in the distribution of less commercial movies and series. Founding partner and editorial director of Filmin, Jaume Ripoll, heads up this project, which was officially launched in 2010.

Nine out of ten students would recommend the UOC

Almost 94% of UOC students would recommend studying at the University to other people according to the European survey conducted as part of the Trendence Graduate Barometer 2015 study published by Trendence Institut GmbH. The survey covered 2,700 people studying at the UOC. The data collected also show that 68.2% of those surveyed believe that their studies would prepare them perfectly for their professional careers, almost double the average for Spain (38.4%) or Europe (42.9%).

Crowdfunding has established itself as a research funding tool throughout Europe

Who funds research in Europe? Well, it's mostly through crowdfunding. This has been demonstrated by the Analysis of Emerging Reputation and Funding Mechanisms in the Context of Open Science 2.0 study conducted by Open Evidence, the first spin-off company of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. The study, which was funded by the European Commission, detected that in 2014, 45 crowdfunding platforms in Europe – of which six are Spanish – raised 10 billion dollars by collective funding throughout the EU. In the United Kingdom, where this method of funding is widely used, philanthropy raised 2 billion euros. The Open Evidence study shows and analyses changes to the research funding model in Europe, which is experiencing greater social involvement through crowdfunding and philanthropy.

20 years video

Asimov predicted e-learning in 1988

Isaac Asimov, one of the leading science-fiction authors of the twentieth century, not only imagined what the world would be like in the future, but in an interview published in 1988 (years before the creation of the World Wide Web) he imagined the impact of technology on education.
"Since 1995, the UOC has been turning this future that he imagined into reality." For this reason, to mark the twentieth anniversary of our founding, we would like to remember his words with a commemorative video "that has all the validity and future projection", states Planell.
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    Executive MBA in Islamic Banking and Finance: the new offer from the UOC and HBMSU of Dubai

    There are currently over 350 banks worldwide that operate in accordance with Islamic law, which prohibits the payment and receipt of interest from the exchange of money. The new MBA will provide training in the opportunity to learn the legal, regulatory and accounting aspects of a financial system that is experiencing extraordinary growth.

  • 21/07/2015
    "In our current democracies, there is too small a role for citizens"

    Wiebe E. Bijker is professor of Technology & Society at the University of Maastricht. He trained as an engineer in Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology, studied philosophy at University of Groningen, and holds a PhD in the Sociology and History of Technology from University of Twente. Bijker helped to create the European master's degree in European Society, Science and Technology (ESST), the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC), and the research master programme Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), and served as their director. He is currently chairman of the Board of the NWO-WOTRO/Science for Global Development research council, and member of the Board of the Rathenau Institute (the Dutch Technology Assessment Institute).

UOC, the leading online university

UOC, the leading online university

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is one of the, if not the most advanced online universities, yearning for lifelong learning by applying continuously the newest technologies on its global campus. Teachers as well as graduated students comment on their career and experiences at the university.

Experts guide

Experts guide

The Experts Guide is published on paper and online to let members of the media get to know the UOC’s faculty and researchers, and departments and knowledge areas. It helps them when they need to find an authoritative voice on a specific subject when producing journalistic products and information.

The directory presents a graphical summary of the most important information on the profiles of well over two hundred UOC faculty and researchers.