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Title Josep A Planell, President of the UOC, weighs in on the future of online higher education in Catalonia, Spain
Author Rachael Merola - Senior Researcher, The Observatory


Spain’s Universitat Oberta Catalunya (The UOC) was the world’s first online university and it currently is the only fully online university with more than 20 years’ experience and more than 58,000 graduates. The UOC is a university specialised in e-learning and the knowledge society, providing people lifelong learning and educational opportunities through both formal and non-formal training, contributing to their occupational and personal development.

The UOC model is designed to be followed fully online and has an asynchronous nature. Exams are still the only element that require physical presence of the student. Nevertheless, one of the UOC’s stated objectives is to replace them by online evaluation processes, as identity verification systems are implemented.

In terms of research, the UOC expertise lies in the study of the Internet and the effects of the interaction between digital technologies and human activity.

In the academic year 2015-2016, UOC reports:

• 61,122 graduates and 76,072 qualifications issued, comprising 30 ECTS credits or more each.
• 63,873 students.
• 374 full-time and 3.167 part-time professors.
• More than 150 collaboration agreements with other universities

Date 19/06/2017
Region(s) Europe
Countries Spain
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models
Topic(s) Online Learning

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