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Open University of Catalonia

Open University of Catalonia
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
UOC Headquarters in Barcelona
Established 1994
Type Public
Rector Josep A. Planell i Estany[1]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 60.096[2]
Location Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Campus Virtual
Colours      UOC Blue
(Pantone 533)
Affiliations Xarxa Vives d'Universitats
Associació Catalana d'Universitats Públiques (ACUP)
European University Association

The Open University of Catalonia (Catalan: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC; IPA: ) is a public[3] Internet-centered open university based in Barcelona, Spain.

The UOC offers graduate and postgraduate programs in Catalan, Spanish and English in fields such as Psychology, Computer Science, Sciences of Education, Information and Knowledge Society and Economics. Also, an Information and Knowledge Society Doctoral Program is available that explores research fields such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education, and online communities. It has "support centres and points" in a number of cities in Spain, Andorra, Mexico and the traditionally Catalan-speaking city of Alghero in Sardinia.[4]

The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) and the eLearn Center (eLC) are the research bodies of the UOC.


  • Educational offer 1
  • Departments 2
  • Graduates 3
  • Academic journals 4
  • Chairs 5
  • Institutional repository 6
  • External links 7
  • References 8

Educational offer[5]

  • Postgraduate courses
    • Business Intelligence
    • Societal and Business Conflicts
    • Armed conflicts and crisis management
    • Conflictology
    • Crisis management
    • Social and Family Conflicts
    • Workplace and Commercial Conflicts
    • Armed conflicts
    • Food Security Programme Management
    • Food Security Management and The Right to Food
    • Food, culture and locality
    • Food, society and international food governance
    • Food, culture and territory
    • International agri-food policy
    • Geographic indications
    • Food systems analysis
    • Food Security: Assessment and Action
    • Impact Assessment on Food Security Programs
    • Right to food
    • Food and Society
    • E-Learning Design and Development. UOC-UNM (University of New Mexico, USA) – Joint Certificate
    • E-learning course design and teaching – European certificate


22@ institutional office, in Barcelona (Rambla del Poblenou).

The UOC's course offering is divided into theses Departments:[6]

  • Arts and Humanities Department
  • Economics and Business Studies Department
  • Health Sciences Department
  • Information and Communication
  • Sciences Department
  • IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications
  • Department
  • Law and Political Science Department
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences Department


  • 2000 – 118
  • 2001 – 142
  • 2002 – 431
  • 2003 – 954
  • 2004 – 2.185
  • 2005 – 2.956
  • 2006 – 3.248
  • 2007 – 4.242
  • 2008 – 5.890
  • 2009 – 6.138
  • 2010 – 5.926
  • 2011 – 6.547[2]

Academic journals

Media-TIC institutional office, in Barcelona (Roc Boronat St).

These are the digital journals promoted by the Departments of the UOC:

  • Anàlisi. Quaderns de Cultura
  • Artnodes, intersections between art, science and technology
  • BiD: Textos Universitaris de Biblioteconomia i Documentació (coedited with the Universitat de Barcelona)
  • COMeIN
  • Digithum. Humanities in the digital age
  • EcoUniversitat
  • eLC Research Paper Series
  • IDP. Journal on Internet, Law and Politics
  • IN3 Working Paper Series
  • Journal of Conflictology
  • Mosaic. Multimedia technologies and communication
  • RUSC. University and Knowledge Society Journal
  • UOC Papers. E-Journal on the Knowledge Society


  • UNESCO Chair in Education & Technology for Social Change
  • UOC Chair in Multilingualism

Institutional repository

The UOC makes O2, their institutional repository, available to provide open access to digital publications produced by the UOC community in the course of its research, teaching and management activities.

External links

  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • All UOC courses


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