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A state-of-the art technological university with a highly innovative learning model, providing a benchmark for quality in both teaching and R&D. This is the philosophy of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC, Open University of Catalonia), created in 1994 as one of the worlds very first completely online higher education establishments and that currently has more than 50,000 students.

The UOCs core goal is to be the university of the knowledge society, promoting innovative education, personalised learning, technological leadership, R&D work on the information society and e-learning and the dissemination of knowledge. The UOC promotes R&D activities via 10 groups linked the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), specialising in the study of the networked society and the knowledge economy, network technologies and specific software areas. Over the last five years, the UOC has participated in more than 260 R&D projects, either national or European. What is more, the UOC works to promote knowledge transfer and has, over the last four years, signed more than 1000 agreements to this end. The UOC forms part of more than 30 international networks, including the European University Association (EUA), the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and the IMS Global Learning Consortium

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