Fundació per la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

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The Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) was founded on October, 6th, 1994. It is an innovative web-centric virtual organisation which has relied on the intensive use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) from the very beginning. The UOC's main goal is that every person satisfies their training needs, making their effort as profitable as possible, regardless of where they are and optimising their time. The UOC develops the Virtual Campus as a network community where limitations of space and time are overcome. It also uses an educational methodology based on the complete personalisation and guidance of the student. Students, lecturers and managers interact and cooperate in that network community to create, structure, share and disseminate knowledge.

The UOC has a top quality team of professionals, which comprise an integrated and enterprising organisation focused on excellence and which has the quality of student support and effectiveness as two of its mainstays. This structure includes business initiatives, units for innovation and transfer, and institutes.
Regarding the operational and financial management of the project, the Research and Transfer Support Office (OSRT) at the UOC aims at meeting the needs of the teaching, research and management personnel in an agile and effective way. It is also the contact point between the university and its environment, and it offers a wide range of services to researchers. Within this project, the OSRT will meet the needs of management (control and
coordination of the financial and technical reports, project budget execution, legal aspects, etc.) and will help the researchers involved.
The UOC will participate in this project through The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) which is the research institute of UOC specialized in the investigation of the network society and the knowledge economy, as well as in the study of network technologies and specific areas of software. The IN3 offers the doctoral programme on the Information and Knowledge Society. The institute also hosts a number of visiting professors, research fellows and visiting scholars.Partner role
Building on distinctive methodological and research strengths developed by The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) experience in analysing the societal change brought by the development of ICTs, UOC will contribute to the project by:

  • Leading the evaluation and carrying the social, political and economic assessment of the pilots (WP6).
  • Creating the sociological evaluation methodology for the overall project and contributing to the methodological development of the co-creation labs (both tasks in WP2).
  • Cociological monitoring and advising to the development of the pan-European pilots (WP5).
  • Participating academically in the dissemination strategy of the project (WP8).