The UOC was created in Barcelona in 1994 and teaching began in 1995, with 200 students. It was the first university ever to run exclusively online. The University continually uses cutting-edge e-learning research and innovation to refine the UOC methodology. This is possible thanks to UOC R&I and its 50 plus research groups, as well as the eLearning Innovation Center, which drives educational innovation at the UOC. Furthermore, as pioneers and leaders in education's digital transformation, we lend our knowledge and experience to education administrations in need of them. Find out how.
Moreover, with more than 85,700 graduates, it is now one of the biggest universities in Spain.
A global university with social impact
Created by the Catalan government, the UOC is a university run privately to provide a public service and facilitates equitable and inclusive access to higher education.
We adopted the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as our roadmap.
UOC: Democratizing knowledge and guaranteeing people's access to high quality online education
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Active members of international networks
The UOC is a member of the MIT’s Jameel World Education Lab, which seeks to promote excellence and transformation in education.