Assessments

Aimed at improving the University's quality, institutional assessment is a key part of the Quality Policy and the Internal Quality Assurance System. Both use a continuous improvement cycle based on four phases: plan, do, assess and act accordingly and, thus, improve.

These institutional assessments allow us to:

  • Assure quality for accountability
  • Assure quality for improvement

Since its foundation, the UOC has received the following awards and accolades in recognition of its quality.

Furthermore, some of the UOC's programmes have received the following international and sector-based certifications.

UNWTO.TedQual Certification

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The Bachelor's Degree in Tourism and the Master's Degree in Tourist Destination Strategy and Sustainable Management recently received TedQual certification, the only international certification in teaching and training awarded by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations specialist agency.

The UOC is the first 100% online university in the world to obtain this voluntary certification, which, by following minimum quality standards for tourism teaching, seeks to provide permanent improvements to tourism training and research programmes, primarily to achieve sustainable development in this sector. The audit completed in order to grant the TedQual looks at aspects such as the consistency of the course plan, programme content, teaching support infrastructure and equipment, administration support policies and tools, the existence of transparent lecturer selection mechanisms, etc.

Euro-Inf Certification

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In 2012, the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE)awarded the Euro-Inf international accreditation to six core training courses of the UOC's Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications in recognition of the quality of its training and research work. These are the Multimedia, Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Technology degrees and university master's degrees in Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering and Multimedia Applications.

Euro-Inf is the only world accreditation that specializes in university ICT programmes and assesses aspects such as consistency of the course plan with the learning results defined by EQANIE, adaptation of the education model and the assessment system and of academic staff and available resources and efficiency and adaptation of the management system. This accreditation is widely implemented in Germany and Scandinavia. The UOC was the first university in Spain to obtain these accreditations.

Before roll-out of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the UOC took part in the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency's (AQU Catalunya) Pro-QU programme, which assessed a number of programmes and the institution.

In accordance with the EHEA, the official programme accreditation process was begun in 2015 in order to give continuity to the University's external assessment. The table below lists the different milestones attained by the UOC in its quality management over the years.

2000-2001  Assessment of officially recognized degrees by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya): official "licenciatura" degree in Humanities and official "licenciatura" degree in Catalan Language and Literature
2002-2003  Assessment of officially recognized degrees by AQU Catalunya: official "licenciatura" degree in Information Science (2nd cycle)
2004 Assessment of the EFQM model (500+)
2005  Cross-disciplinary assessment by the European University Association (EUA)
2005-2006 Assessment by AQU Catalunya of the library service
2006-2007  Institutional assessment by AQU Catalunya
2006-2007 Assessment by AQU Catalunya of the following degrees: official "licenciatura" degree in Psychology, official "licenciatura" degree in Educational Psychology, official "licenciatura" degree in Law and official "licenciatura" degree in Political Science
2007-2008  Assessment by AQU Catalunya of the following degrees: official "ingeniera tcnica" degree in Business Informatics, official "ingeniera tcnica" degree in Systems Informatics, official "ingeniera tcnica" degree in Computer Engineering, official "diplomatura" degree in Business Studies, and official "licenciatura" degree in Market Research and Techniques
2007 Certification by AQU Catalunya of the Internal Quality Assurance System Manual according to the AUDIT-AQU Catalunya model for the Faculty of Law and Political Science
2008  Certification by AQU Catalunya of the Teaching Assessment Manual
2009  Certification by AQU Catalunya of the Internal Quality Assurance System Manual according to the AUDIT-AQU Catalunya model for all of the UOC's faculties
2010  Institutional assessment by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
2012 Euro-Inf certification. International Euro-Inf accreditation of six formative programmes (three bachelor’s degrees and three university master's degrees) given by the UOC's Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, awarded by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQUANIE)
2014  TedQual Certification for the Bachelor's Degree in Tourism and the Master's Degree in Tourist Destination Strategy and Sustainable Management. This is the only international certification in education and training awarded by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations' specialized agency
2015 External assessment of the official programmes for their accreditation by AQU Catalunya. Five bachelor’s degrees and four university master's degrees were accredited
2016  External assessment of the official programmes for their accreditation by AQU Catalunya. Five bachelor’s degrees and five university master's degrees were accredited
2017  External assessment of the official programmes for their accreditation by AQU Catalunya. Five bachelor’s degrees and seven university master's degrees were accredited