University descriptionThe Open University in the Netherlands provides fully accredited academic programs in the form of distance learning. The Open University aspires to be an institution that is firmly rooted in the Netherlands higher education system. The University focuses on education and research in the life long learning tradition.
The Open University in the Netherlands welcomed its first students in September 1984. Its inception was supported by the Dutch Government, in an attempt to make higher education accessible to anyone with the necessary aptitudes and interests, regardless of formal qualifications. The Open University Nederland develops high quality, innovative distance education in collaboration with education partners. As the leading university for lifelong learning, it addresses the wide-ranging learning needs of people during the course of their lives. It seeks to be an institution that is strongly anchored in the Dutch higher education system through its educational, research and innovation activities. With a wide range of activities that links up well with the needs of the community, the Open University can count on broad interest in the larger community. The high number of enrolments are indicative of this interest in the larger community.
Education and Research
The Open University in the Netherlands consists of three departments, seven schools and a network of twelve regional study centres and three support centres in various parts of the Netherlands. It also has six study centres in Belgium (Flanders) and one in the Dutch Antilles.
- School of Management
- School of Cultural Sciences
- School of Computer Science
- School of Science
- School of Psychology
- School of Law
- Education and Training Institute