The UOC was created with the support of the Government of Catalonia to provide a distance university education service in Catalan. It was formed as a privately managed entity (not-for-profit private foundation whose trustees include representatives from Catalan society).
The UOC is a university that provides a public service but is organized in accordance with the principles of private management. The UOC forms part of the Catalan and Spanish public university systems. The courses it offers are official and endorsed by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU Catalunya), one of the top three agencies included in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), guaranteeing academic rigour and compliance with the standards required by the European university system.
The UOC is a member of the Catalan university system alongside the other public and private universities in Catalonia:
Furthermore, the UOC guarantees the quality of its courses by means of the Audit programme used by the quality rating agencies.