Open University of Catalonia

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Rambla del Poblenou 156
08018 Barcelona, Spain


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Open University of Catalonia


The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), located in Barcelona, is the world’s first fully online university. It is an innovative university open to the world that offers people lifelong learning to help them and society advance, while carrying out research into the knowledge society.

The UOC's strategic plan has included the 2030 Agenda as part of its roadmap since 2017. The aim is for the whole institution to work towards sustainable development and make a significant contribution to the SDGs. The UOC is especially committed to SDG 4 (inclusive and equitable quality education) and SDG 3 (as the SDG 3 Champion for the IAU Cluster on HESD).

The UOC's educational model is based on personalization and accompaniment of students through e-learning.


The UOC wants to be a university that, by being connected to the network of the world’s universities, drives the creation of a global knowledge space and cutting-edge research in the knowledge society.

The UOC has an innovative educational model that focuses on the student. The University offers them a top quality and personalized education that helps them to be more competitive and contributes to the progress of society.


Examples of how the UOC is working on sustainability:

UOC Leads SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing of the IAU Cluster on HESD

The website of the SDG3 Cluster "Universities4GoodHealth" can be found here.

News for this university

IAU HESD Cluster Activity Report 2023-24 published

Read the latest report on SDGs activities carried out by the IAU HESD Cluster members

International Women's Day 2021: IAU launches new Publication on SDG 5 Gender Equality

On the 8th of March, 2021, the IAU launched a free online publication prepared with the University of Bologna on University actions towards SDG 5: Gender Equality.

IAU-UOC Webinar: The Mental Health Crisis - Building Resilience in a Changing World

//Watch the recording & read the event summary// Addressing Mental Health issues of students and staff at universities and taking preventive measures through information and e-health tools were some of the examples described by experts during this webinar.

Webinar: Exploring the nexus between health, equity, and gender

Organised by IAU and UOC (Open University of Catalonia) - Watch the recording now!

IAU HESD Activity Report 2022-23 - available now

Discover the recent actions from the network in the annual Cluster activity report!

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