National University of Distance Education

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National University of Distance Education
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Other name
Omnibus mobilibus mobilior sapientia
Motto in English
Wisdom moves more than all things that move
TypePublic research university
EstablishedAugust 18, 1972; 50 years ago (1972-08-18)
Budget€230 million (2012)
RectorRicardo Mairal Uson
Academic staff
1.303 (2019)
Administrative staff
1.132 (2019)
Students194.733 (2021) [1]
Undergraduates158.963 (2021) [2]
Postgraduates10.266 (2021) [3]
2.053 (2021) [4]
Bravo Murillo, 38, 28015
, , ,
40°25′08″N 3°41′31″W / 40.41889°N 3.69194°W / 40.41889; -3.69194
CampusUrban, Ciudad Universitaria de Madrid[5] and Campus de Senda del Rey[6]
Colors  Green
Logo of UNED

Note: Associations and entities.[7]

Fulbright Program
Fundación Sandra Ibarra
Fundación Barrié de la Maza
Fundación Alvargonzález
Instituto de Estudios Ceutíes
Fundación La Caixa
Instituto Misgav Yerushalayim
Fundación Von Humboldt
Fundación Uceif
Fundación Mapfre
Fundación Lázaro Galdiano
Instituto Danone
Fundación Caja Madrid
Fundación Alfonso Martín Escudero
Fundación Española de la Nutrición
Centro de información Cerveza y Salud

The National Distance Education University (Spanish: Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED) is a distance learning and research university founded in 1972 and is the only university run by the central government of Spain. It has headquarters in Madrid, Spain, with campuses in all Spanish autonomous communities. In addition, there are 14 study centres and 3 exam points in 13 countries in Europe, the Americas and Africa. The University awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as non-degree qualifications such as diplomas and certificates, or continuing education units.

Focused on distance learning combined with traditional classroom instruction (called hybrid[8] or blended[9]). With over 150.000 students.[10][11]

Origins and methodology[edit]

Founded in 1972 with the stated purpose of providing education opportunities via a distance education system - in which students are taught while not being physically present - UNED awards the same qualifications as other Spanish universities and has the same entry requirements.

International presence[edit]

UNED currently has 61 study centres in Spain and - with the co-operation of local institutions - 14 international centres. These locations provide face-to-face sessions with professors once a week. The international centres are located in Bata, Bern, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Frankfurt, Lima, London, Malabo, Mexico City, Paris and São Paulo. Additionally, there are exam points in Bogotá, Berlin, New York, Rome and Santiago de Chile.


In 2012 the Spanish newspaper El País featured an article about the launch of UNX, an online platform for teaching entrepreneurship through building mobile apps with App Inventor. UNED is a collaborating partner in this project, along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Mobile Learning. The UNX online courses are intended to bring technology and entrepreneurship education about to the entire Spanish-speaking world.[12]

Academic profile[edit]

A number of factors have been cited to justify the public prestige of UNED:[13]

  • All of UNED exams are supervised
  • Exams must encompass the entirety of the program
  • Students are objectively graded based on a strictly uniform test
  • Distance learning requires additional self-teaching effort and discipline, highly regarded by employers
  • Students from UNED are more likely to continue their education and research after graduation day, applying the self-teaching methodologies learned during their studies[citation needed]

In the last 30 years, UNED has awarded almost 2,000 PhD degrees.[14]

Its international reputation is indicated in that it has held the UNESCO chair in distance education since 1997. This chair promotes research, development and documentation in the field of distance education.[15]



Today, UNED comprises 11 faculties and the following bachelor's degree studies:[16]

  • Higher Technical School of Computer Engineering at UNED: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Information Technology
  • College of Industrial Engineering: Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Technologies Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bachelor's Degree in Engineering in Industrial Electronics and Automation
  • Faculty of Sciences: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: Bachelor's Degree in Economics, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management, Bachelor's Degree in Tourism
  • Faculty of Political Science and Sociology: Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, Bachelor's Degree in Political Science & Public Administration
  • Faculty of Law: Bachelor's Degree in Law, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Bachelor's Degree in Juridical Science of Public Administration
  • Faculty of Education: Bachelor's Degree in Social Education, Bachelor's Degree in Pedagogy
  • Faculty of Philology: Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language and Literature, Bachelor's Degree in English Studies: Language, Literature and Culture
  • Faculty of Philosophy: Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Bachelor's Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Faculty of Geography and History: Bachelor's Degree in Geography and History, Bachelor's Degree in Art History
  • Faculty of Psychology: Bachelor's Degree in Psychology


  • Higher Technical School of Computer Engineering at UNED:[17] Computer Systems and Languages, Advanced Artificial Intelligence: Principles, Methods and Applications, Communication, Networks and Content Management, Systems and Control Engineering
  • College of Industrial Engineering: Research in Industrial Technology, Research in Electrical, Electronic and Industrial Control Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Design Engineering
  • Faculty of Sciences: Chemical Science and Technology, Polymer Science and Technology, Advanced Mathematics, Medical Physics, Physics of Complex Systems
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: Corporate Sustainability and Social, Responsibility
  • Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, Social Problems, Politics and Democracy,
  • Faculty of Law: Government Intervention in Society, European Union, Fundamental Rights, Security, Insurance Law, Human Rights, Public Management, Public Finance, Public Policy and Taxation
  • Faculty of Education Educational Treatment of Diversity, Communication and Education on the Internet: From the Information Society to the Knowledge Society, Innovation and Research in Education, Training of E.S.O., Bachillerato, F.P. and Language Secondary Teachers, Strategies and Technologies for the Teaching Function in the Multicultural Society
  • Faculty of Philology English Literature and Culture and their Social Impact, Literary and Theatre Training and Research in the European Context, The Classical World and its Influence on Western Culture, Applied English Linguistics, Hispanic Literatures (Catalan, Galician and Basque) in the European Context, Language Science and Hispanic Linguistics, Grammatical and Stylistic Analysis of Spanish, Dictionary Development and Quality Control of the Spanish Lexicon, French and Francophone Studies, Information Technologies and Communication in Language Education and Processing
  • Faculty of Philosophy :Theoretical and Practical Philosophy
  • Faculty of Geography and History : Advanced Methods and Techniques of Historical, Artistic and Geographic Research, Contemporary Spain in the International Context
  • Faculty of Psychology :Methodology of Behavioral Sciences and Health, Research in Psychology, Psychological Intervention in Development and Education


Notable current and former academics[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Honorary doctors[edit]

1985–1990 1991–2000 2001–2010 2011–present


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  3. ^ "Portal de transparencia de la UNED". UNED. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  4. ^ "Portal de transparencia de la UNED". UNED. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  5. ^ "Campus de Ciudad Universitaria". UNED. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "Campus de Senda del Rey". UNED. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  7. ^ As of March 11, 2021. "Fundaciones y asociaciones". UNED. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  8. ^ Tabor, Sharon W (Spring 2007). "Narrowing the Distance: Implementing a Hybrid Learning Model". Quarterly Review of Distance Education. IAP. 8 (1): 48–49. ISBN 9787774570793. ISSN 1528-3518. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  9. ^ Vaughan, Dr Norman D. (2010). "Blended Learning". In Cleveland-Innes, MF; Garrison, DR (eds.). An Introduction to Distance Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning in a New Era. Taylor & Francis. p. 165. ISBN 978-0-415-99598-6. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Portal de Transparencia". Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-09-14.
  11. ^ See List of largest universities by enrollment.
  12. ^ "Search - Guni Network".
  13. ^ Campus de Santiago e Lugo. University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Archived 2009-07-25 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Educación[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "UNESCO Chair in Distance Education (241) | | UNESCO". Retrieved 2020-05-18.
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