Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (Patronat) is the maximum authority representing, governing and administering the Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia, FUOC), in accordance with Article 14 of the Statutes.

The FUOC Board of Trustees’ main functions are:

  • To approve and, where necessary, modify the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) organisational and operational regulations.
  • To appoint and dismiss the President and the General Manager.
  • To approve the University’s budget and accounts.
  • To approve the action plan presented by the President and evaluate the results.

The UOC President, or the person they delegate, and FUOC General Manager attend the meetings of the Board of Trustees, in an advisory role.

Three members representing the following bodies:

Josep Vilarasau, representative of the Catalan Federation of Savings Banks

Pau Bestit, representative of the Official Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping

Joandomènec Ros, representative of the Institute for Catalan Studies

Three members representing leading companies and individuals from the social, cultural, scientific or professional sectors not linked to the public sector:

Pere Vallès, CEO of Scytl

Helena Guardans, CEO of Sellbytel Group, Spain

Josep M. Coronas, of Coronas i Advocats

Five members designated by the Government of Catalonia:

Hon. Maria Angels Chacón Feixas, Minister for the Economy and Knowledge, Government of Catalonia

Hon. Josep Bargalló Valls, Minister for Education, Government of Catalonia

Francesc Xavier Grau Vidal, Secretariat of Universities and Research, Government of Catalonia  

M. Victoria Girona Brumós, Director General of Universities, Government of Catalonia  

David Ferrer Canosa, Secretariat of Digital Policies, Government of Catalonia


Pere Vallès is the President of the Board of Trustees and the UOC's Secretary General, Pere Fabra, is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees.