The Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia, FUOC) was created to encourage the creation of its own offer of distance-learning university education.
Josep A. Planell Estany (born Barcelona, 1951) graduated in Physics from the University of Barcelona in 1975 and earned his doctorate in Materials Science from Queen Mary, University of London in 1983. Since 1992 he has been full professor in the Materials Science and Metallurgy department of the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (UPC). He was Director of the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) from its establishment in December 2005 until April 2013, when he took office as President of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC).
The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya’s organizational structure is divided into four large areas: faculty, researchers, administration and the Office of the President. They respond to the objectives and lines set by the Executive Board.
The mission of the Síndic de greuges (ombuds officer) is to safeguard the rights and responsibilities of all the University’s members. They act autonomously and independently from all of the University’s other bodies and authorities. Agustí Cerrillo has been in the post since October 2015.