Cooperation and social involvement

Cooperation and social involvement

At the UOC, university development cooperation is promoted throughout the institution; in teaching, research, the student community and administration. To this end, the UOC supports projects aimed at narrowing the educational and social divide and which seek to engage the entire university community in addressing major global and collective challenges.

What is the UOC's approach to university cooperation?

The UOC has taken a global perspective in its use of the United Nations 2030 Agenda as a roadmap. The goal is for the university to win back its position as a driver of change for society, and to educate citizens and professionals with global competences who will create value, building a society that is more equal, inclusive and sustainable.

In a global, interconnected environment, universities play a key role in the field of cooperation, with the mission of contributing to human development through the generation and transfer of knowledge. 

For this reason, the UOC works with institutions and entities from around the world to strengthen higher education systems in their home countries and contribute to guaranteeing social progress, sustainable development and forward-looking opportunities for reducing poverty and inequality in the world.

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How can I contribute to the cooperation projects?

A large part of the funding for cooperation and social involvement actions comes from the university's own resources, but to ensure the continuity of the projects and to open up other channels of cooperation, collaboration from the whole university community is needed. There are two ways to collaborate:

  • Charitable enrolment: when students enrol they are given the option of making a €10 donation.  All it takes is selection of the "UOC cooperation donation" option during the enrolment process.
  • Volunteering: the UOC is involved in the organizing and running of a wide range of volunteer programmes (see below), and also participates in others run nationally and internationally. Furthermore, hours devoted to volunteering are recognized with credits for bachelor's degree students.

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What cooperation projects does the UOC run?

During 2017, the contributions made by students to the charitable enrolment totalled €35,921.61. This money has helped fund the following projects and activities: 

  • RefugeESuoc: a project developed by a group of students studying for the Bachelor’s Degree in Social Education. Its mission is to define and vindicate the role of social education in the management of the humanitarian crisis currently blighting Europe, creating spaces, opening forward-looking opportunities for refugees and preventing discrimination, social exclusion and stigmatization.  RefugeESuoc carries out actions to raise awareness and holds various educational workshops aimed at all ages for schools in Catalonia. All these activities are reported on via Twitter.
  • Scolarchips programme for refugees and asylum seekers: an initiative undertaken to ensure quality, inclusive and equitable education for refugees, and to enrich learning for the wider university community through the exchange of experiences. This programme is run with the support of organizations such as CEAR, ACCEM and the Red Cross, as well as the mentoring service provided by RefugeESuoc's volunteers. To date the programme has been run two times, benefiting 61 students.
  • Right to Food Week: an initiative that came to life in 2015, seeking to raise awareness among the university community about the universal right to food, the prevention of food wastage, improved nutrition and food security, and the importance of sustainability and responsible resource management so that we can feed ourselves without exhausting resources or damaging the environment. Since then it is held every year in October or November.  
  • UOC Social Scratch project: a tool to initiate children and young people in programming and computational thinking through play. The idea is to take Scratch to segments of the child and youth population with difficulties, without resources or at risk of exclusion, with the intention of narrowing the digital divide and reducing social, economic and gender gaps. At the end of 2017, the Scratch project had trained a total of 361 volunteers from Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Peru.

Currently the UOC is also working on developing various new programmes: 

  • Financial literacy programme
  • European Sustainable Development Week
  • Project to provide vulnerable collectives with university access
  • Historical memory recovery programme in Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador

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