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The UOC, the world's first online university
The UOC, the world's first online university

The UOC was the world's first online university when it was created in 1995

Today the UOC university community is made up of over 200,000 interconnected people from more than 70 different countries.The innovative nature of the UOC has made it a point of reference for online university education the world over.

The UOC has signed agreements and alliances with leading international companies and institutions. It offers joint postgraduate programmes with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The University was chosen by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to develop and run its online conflictology programmes for UN staff on peace missions.


The UOC and its courses are fully incorporated into the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

Since its foundation, the UOC has been authorized and registered by the Spanish Ministry of Education’s University, Centre and Qualification Register (RUCT) and formed part of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) based on the principles of the Bologna Declaration. Both the official bachelor’s and university master’s degrees offered by the UOC and registered by the RUCT, and the other UOC-certified qualifications benefit from the advantages of being recognized in all EHEA-member countries.

In line with the EHEA’s aims, the UOC prioritizes its students’ professional advancement. Its courses and programmes are designed to offer a response to the real needs of companies in a globalized labour market.

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The UOC, through its research and development activities, is designing the future of e learning

The UOC carries out interdisciplinary research in order to respond to complex social situations. The research areas that are intrinsic to the nature of the UOC are the knowledge society and e-learning, as well as the faculty's areas of knowledge. Research is carried out mainly at two of the University's research centres: the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), specializing in research into the network society, and the eLearn Center, which focuses on innovation in e- learning.