Arab Open University

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Arab Open University
الجامعة العربية المفتوحة
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MottoTowards a promising future
Established2002; 18 years ago (2002)
ChairmanPrince Talal bin Abdulaziz
PresidentMohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Zakri

The Arab Open University (AOU) is a non-profit university. The inception of AOU is a personal initiative by Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Chairman of the AOU Board of Trustees. In December 2000, Kuwait was designated to host the Headquarters of AOU.

The AOU first phase was launched in October 2002 in three branches: Kuwait, Lebanon and Jordan. Branches in Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were opened in 2003. Branches were opened in Oman in February 2008 and in Sudan in September 2013.[1] In May 2015, AOU signed an agreement of opening a new branch in Palestine with the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education. However, in the state of Qatar the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of education and higher education refuse attesting the degree of AOU and the university is not accredited.

Academic programmes[edit]

Under the partnership agreement with the Open University, UK, AOU offers a range of academic programmes taught in English:

Undergraduate Programmes[edit]

  • BA Programme (Hons) in Business Studies (BS), offered in one of the following tracks:
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Accounting
    • Accounting (Arabic)
    • Economics
    • Systems Practice
    • Finance/ Microfinance
    • HR
  • BSc Programme (Hons) in Information Technology and Computing (ITC), offered in one of the following tracks:
    • Information Technology and Computing (ITC)
    • Computing (C)
    • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
    • Computing with Business (CwB)
  • BSc Programme (Hons) in Graphic and Multimedia Design (in some of AOU's branches)
  • BA Programme (Hons) in English language & Literature (ELL):
    • Translation Track
  • BA Programme (Hons) in English Language and Literature with Business (ELL with BS)
  • BA Programme (Hons) in Media is offered in the following specializations (Egypt Branch):
    • Electronic Media
    • Radio and Television
    • Public Relations
  • And offered in the following tracks:
    • Electronic Media (Track) (Jordan & Lebanon)
    • Public Relations (Track) (Jordan)
  • BA Programme (Hons) in Education in Elementary Education
  • BA Programme (Hons) in Special Education / Learning Disabilities
  • BA Programme (Hons) in Special Education, offered in two tracks:
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Mental Retardation
  • Postgraduate Programmes (in some of AOU's branches)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MSc in Computing Programme
  • MSc in Computing – Information Security and Forensics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Computing*MA in English Literature*High/General Diploma in Education
  • Master of Education in Education Technology
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership


In alphabetical order:


  1. ^ "AOU will offer new undergraduate programmes to meet needs of labor market at some branches". Arab Open University. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017.