Awards and accolades

Transform Awards
2018 - Transform Awards Europe

The UOC won four awards at the Transform Awards Europe: Gold for the Best Internal Communication, Silver for the Best Use of Audio Branding, Bronze for the Best Brand Architecture, and Highly Commended for the Best Visual Identity in the Education Sector. These awards recognize excellence and innovation in the creation and renewal of brands across Europe.

2018 - David Edge Prize

Israel Rodríguez-Giralt, coordinator of the UOC-IN3 CareNet research group, was awarded the prestigious David Edge Prize by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) for the article Healing, Knowing, Enduring: Care and Politics in Damaged Worlds.

Serra d'Or
2018 - Crítica Serra d'Or prize for research

Professor Marc Gil received the Crítica Serra d’Or prize in the category of Humanities Research for his thesis Barcelona al servei del Nuevo Estado. Depuració a l'Ajuntament durant el primer franquisme

2017 - IND+I Science Prize

Carlos Cámara Menoyo, researcher of the Urban Transformation and Global Change Laboratory (TURBA Lab) IN3 research group and Doctoral student at the UOC, has been awarded with the IND+I Science Prize in the metropolitan innovation policies category, given by Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona (PEMB).

ENAIRE Foundation
2017 - Luis Azcárraga Award

Àngel A. Juan, member of the IN3's ICSO research group, received the Luis Azcárraga Award from the ENAIRE Foundation. This award is for studies, papers and projects that make a unique contribution to air transport. 

2017 - ILUNION Diploma for commitment to accessibility

ILUNION Tecnología y Accesibilidad, which belongs to the ONCE Foundation and the ONCE group of companies, gave the UOC this award in recognition of its initiatives and projects to improve universal accessibility and support people with disabilities. 

Dona TIC Award
2016 - Dona TIC Award

Montserrat Batet, researcher of the research group in K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON), has been awarded the Dona TIC 2016 Award in the category of Academic/ Research. The prize is awarded by the Government of Catalonia’s Secretariat for Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and the Information Society, Tertúlia Digital and the Observatori Dona Empresa i Economia.

Learning Impact Awards (Honourable mention)
2016 - Honourable mention at the Learning Impact Awards

The UOC's mobile apps – Explica!, Assess and Submissions – received an honourable mention at the IMS Global Learning Impact Awards. The Learning Impact Awards recognize the most outstanding and influential learning technology applications from around the world. They were created in 2007 to showcase excellent technological applications that tackle the most important challenges in education on a worldwide scale. 

Golden Orange Awards
2016 - Golden Orange Awards

In the category of academic promotion, the Golden Orange Awards, organized by the World Gastronomy Institute, acknowledged the work of the UNESCO Chair in Food, Culture and Development. The award recognizes the outreach work that the chair carries out in the field of food and gastronomic culture. 

EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network)
2016 - Award of Institutional excellence

EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network) acknowledges the continuous valuable support to the development of the Association over the years and the international collaboration in open, distance and e-learning of the UOC. 

2016 - Award for the Inclusion of People with Rare Diseases

The Spanish Federation for Rare Diseases (FEDER) presented the UOC the Award for the Inclusion of People with Rare Diseases. FEDER highlights the UOC’s commitment to the social inclusion of people with disabilities and, specifically, the Disability Action Plan that it runs.

Vodafone Journalism Awards
2015 - Vodafone Journalism Awards

The UOC received the Special Professional Career Prize at the 15th Vodafone Journalism Awards organized by the Vodafone Spain Foundation. The award comes in recognition of the UOC's work as the first online university, designed from the start with an educational model that was 100% online. The jury praised in particular two of the most important areas of research and activity at the University: the information and knowledge society, and e‑learning.

TedQual certification from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
2015 - TedQual certification from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

The EHEA Bachelor's Degree in Tourism and the Master's Degree in Tourist Destination Strategy and Sustainable Management have been awarded this certificate for promoting sustainable development in tourism. TedQual is the only international teaching and training certificate awarded by the World Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency specialized in the field. The UOC is the first online university in the world to receive this certification. 

Spanish Red Cross Gold Medal
2015 - Spanish Red Cross Gold Medal

The Spanish Red Cross awarded the UOC a Gold Medal, its highest distinction, in recognition of the work carried out in educating people in the values of integration, tolerance, peace and coexistence. In the fifteen years of collaboration between this humanitarian organization and the University, more than 9,000 students have studied on one of the 300 online training courses they have run jointly.

Network of Scientific Culture and Innovation Units (UCC+i)
2015 - Network of Scientific Culture and Innovation Units (UCC+i)

The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) approved the UOC’s adhesion to the Network of Scientific Culture and Innovation Units. The UOC thus becomes part of an initiative made up of universities, foundations and other organizations that share the common goal of improving and increasing training, culture and knowledge related to science in society.