The Universidad a Distancia de Madrid, the UDIMA, is an open, flexible university with its official centre in the city of Madrid. It is a distance teaching university with students based in all parts of Spain and abroad. It was founded as an independent Spanish university and has a private status. Its mission is simply stated as the promotion of teaching, learning, study and research. UDIMA was founded to meet the needs of today's citizens as they face the challenges of the Information Society. The University employs a full range of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in providing online education.