Hellenic Open University

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Hellenic Open University
Ελληνικό Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο
Hellenic Open University logo .png
Motto Access to Knowledge for Everyone!
Type Public
Established 1992
Chancellor Vasilis Kardasis
Vice-Chancellor Fragiskos Kolisis
Academic staff
25 permanent, almost 1975 with annual contracts
Administrative staff
250
Undergraduates 17,786
Postgraduates 13,330
76
Location Patras, Greece
Campus 10,565 m²
Website www.eap.gr

The Hellenic Open University (Greek: Ελληνικό Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο, ΕΑΠ, EAP) is a multi-school public university run by the Greek State. The institution, which is based in Patras, is unique in the Greek context in that it exclusively provides distance education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In this it is modelled on the British Open University.

History[edit]

The Hellenic Open University was founded in 1992 in Patras, but remained defunct until 1997 at which time legislation was enacted (Act 2552/97) regarding its operation. The first cohorts of students were admitted in 1999. Further legislation amended the operation of the university by further specifying inter alia its scope, admissions, tuition and academic recruitment procedures (Article 14 of Act 2817/2000, Article 3 of Act 3027/2002 and Article 13 of Act 3260/2004).

Academic profile[edit]

Structure[edit]

Hellenic Open University Campus

HOU is organised in four schools:

The School of Applied Arts offers only postgraduate degrees, while the other three schools offer both undergraduate and postgratuate degrees.

According to Law 2552/1997, HOU consists of the Educational Material and Methodology Laboratory (EEYEM) [1] established and operating as an independent unit of the HOU. The EEYEM supports the University in the implementation of educational, methodological and technological innovations in distance education and the development of teaching materials. The organization and operation of EEYEM is determined by the Internal Regulation adopted at the 167th / 04.21.2008 Meeting of the Executive Committee of HOU

Undergraduate programs[edit]

The university comprises four schools, namely a School of Humanities, a School of Social Science, a School of Science and Technology and a School of Applied Arts. Degrees include studies in European or Greek Culture, Spanish Language and Culture, Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Business Administration.

Postgraduate programs[edit]

Postgraduate degrees of nominal value are also offered in various subjects such as Master in Education, Adult Education, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Teaching German as a Foreign Language, Teaching French as a Foreign Language, MSc in Quality Assurance, Environmental Design of Cities and Buildings, Environmental Design of Infrastructure, Tourist Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Health National System Services Administration, Banking, Orthodox Theology, Graphic Arts - Multimedia, Waste Management, Construction Management, Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Resistant Structures, Advanced Studies in Physics, Catalysis and Environmental Protection, MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Information Systems, MSc in Natural Sciences for Educators, Administration of Cultural Units, Master in Business Administration and MSc in Engineering of Pervasive Computing Systems. The university offers joint postgraduate degrees in co-operation with the University of Nicosia, the Open University of Cyprus, and the Wrocław University of Economics.[2]

Research[edit]

Research is conducted in all four Schools of the Hellenic Open University, by faculty members and is supported by postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students.

Research in School of Humanities

Research in School of Social Sciences

Research in School of Science and Engineering is conducted in various fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Environment.

Research in School of Applied arts

Cooperating Universities[edit]

  • Harocopio University, since 6 February 2014 [3]
  • Open University of Cyprus since 1 March 2013 [4]
  • Panteio University, since 23 April 2016 [5]
  • University of Western Macedonia since 9 March 2016 [6]
  • University of Thessaly since 9 March 2016 [7]
  • European University Cyprus since 1 August 2013 [8]
  • University of Nicosia, 1 June 2013 [9]
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 20 December 2011 [10]

Cooperating Institutes[edit]

  • National Hellenic Research Foundation, since 23 April 2016 [11]

Students[edit]

In 2008, it was estimated that around 25,000 students were registered in the HOU.[12] Older data suggests that the majority of them are mature students (over 35 years old).[13] Admissions take place randomly through a strict and predefined algorithm evaluated and assured by the district attorney,[14] Nearly one out of ten applicants is granted a place at the university.[12][15] Attrition levels are high:[16] for instance, out of more than 500 students who registered in the Natural Sciences program in 2000, only 8 had graduated by the end of 2006.[13] The high attrition rate has been attributed to a combination of the demands posed by the students' non-academic commitments and inappropriate teaching provision,[17] such as, possibly, the inability to create uniformly successful electronic fora for student collaboration.[18] A university culture that is reluctant to use ICT,[19] and embraces distance-learning (rather than e-learning) as a preferred teaching methodology[20] is also cited as an example of practices that depress learning outcomes.

Teaching staff[edit]

The University offers its courses through 1.358 professors most of which teach relevant courses in Greece's public universities. .[21] In addition to their teaching role, the staff of the university produce research which primarily focuses on issues of distance education, according to the university mandate. In terms of research output, the tenured academics of the university published 188 articles between 2002 and 2006 in peer-reviewed journals, including the ones affiliated to the university. Including self-references, these articles had generated 233 citations as recorded on the ISI Web of Knowledge. Using the ratio of citations per publication as a criterion of research quality, the university ranked at the 15th place out of 64 research institutions in Greece.[22] Formal self-evaluations and external reviews and evaluations, which are mandated by legislation (PL 3374/2005) for all public tertiary institutes, have been taking place in the HOU for the last years[23]

Academic evaluation[edit]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities will be conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA) in the following years.[24]

Awards and reputation[edit]

HOU is the sixth largest public university in Greece with 16317 active students[30] and every year accepts thousands of entry applications by Greek and national students[31] which infers Greek's approval of its high level of education.

Furthermore, the reputation of the MBA program offered by the University is continuously increasing, with latest achievement the recognition of E-xcellence Associate in Quality awarded by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and it is now included in the list of the Qualified institutions. In addition to the above the HOU's School of Arts was awarded an Excellence by the National Ministry of Education[32] for its Pervasive Computing Games.

All universities providing distance study, have faced controversy concerning the level and quality of their studies – a stage, incidentally, that the open universities operating in other countries also passed in their first stages.[33] Due to the above, HOU is viewed with skepticism by Greece's academic community,[34] despite its legal recognition, awards, acceptance and reputation. However, such concerns are unwarranted. Not only does research show that DE offers certain students a sound pedagogical alternative,[35] HOU’s tutors and academic community are also members of Greece’s traditional university community. Moreover, the course writers hired by HOU to write its course and learning materials also work as course writers at traditional universities[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Educational Material and Methodology Laboratory". Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Official homepage of the distance learning joint MBA programme provided by the Hellenic Open University (HOU), Greece and the Wroclaw University of Economics (WUE), Poland". Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation of the Hellenic Open University and the Harokopio University" (PDF). Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation between Hellenic Open University and Open University of Cyprus" (PDF). Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation of the Hellenic Open University and the Panteion University". Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation between Hellenic Open University and University of Western Macedonia". Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation between Hellenic Open University and University of Thessaly". Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation between Hellenic Open University and European University of Cyprus" (PDF). Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation between Hellenic Open University and University of Nicosia" (PDF). Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation between Hellenic Open University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel" (PDF). Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 16 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Memorandum of Cooperation of the Hellenic Open University and the Panteion University". Elliniko Anoikto Panepistimio. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Katsikas, Christos (August 28, 2008), "Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο: 72.000 υποψήφιοι για 7.200 θέσεις", Ta Nea, Athens, Greece  .
  13. ^ a b Nanouris, Dimitris (December 17, 2006), "Το ΕΑΠ σε αριθμούς", Ελευθεροτυπία, Athens, Greece  .
  14. ^ "HOU Admissions, 2012". Hellenic Open University. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Oikonomou, Anastasios (January 29, 2007), "Π. Σιαφαρίκας: Κοινωνική ανάγκη το Ελληνικό Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο", Kathimerini, Athens, Greece 
  16. ^ Vergitis, Dimitris; Panagiotakopoulos, Chris (2002), "Student Dropout at the Hellenic Open University:", The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 3 (2), ISSN 1492-3831, retrieved 2008-06-22 
  17. ^ Pierrakeas, C.; Xenos, M.; Panagiotakopoulos, C.; Vergidis, D. (2004), "A Comparative Study of Dropout Rates and Causes for Two Different Distance Education Courses", The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 5 (2), ISSN 1492-3831, retrieved 2009-01-04 
  18. ^ Panagiotakopoulos, Chris; Lionarakis, Antonis; Xenos, Michalis (2003), "Open and Distance Learning: Tools of Information and Communication Technologies for Effective Learning" (PDF), Proceedings of the sixth Hellenic European Research on Computer Mathematics and its Applications Conference, HERCMA2003, Athens, Greece, 2003., retrieved 2009-01-04 
  19. ^ Koustarakis, G; Panagiotakopoulos, C.; Vergidis, D. (2008), "A Contribution to the Hellenic Open University: Evaluation of the pedagogical practices and the use of ICT on distance education", The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 9 (2), ISSN 1492-3831, retrieved 2010-08-30 
  20. ^ Valasidou, A.; Makrdiou-Bousiou, D. (2006), "Satisfying distance education students of the Hellenic Open University", e - mentor (2), retrieved 2010-08-30 
  21. ^ "HOU Statistics, 2013". Hellenic Open University. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  22. ^ Webometrics Greece, June 19, 2013 
  23. ^ Hellenic Quality Assurance Authority 2012 Report p. 24
  24. ^ Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency
  25. ^ HQAA Final Report - School of Humanities, Hellenic Open University, 2014
  26. ^ HQAA Final Report - School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University, 2013
  27. ^ HQAA Final Report - School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, 2013
  28. ^ HQAA Final Report - School of Applied Arts, Hellenic Open University, 2014
  29. ^ HQAA Final Report - Master in Business Administration, Hellenic Open University, 2014
  30. ^ "National University Statistics, 2009". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  31. ^ "HOU Statistics of Application per program, 2013". Hellenic Open University. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  32. ^ "Fun in Numbers (FinN)". Hellenic Ministry of Education. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  33. ^ Keegan, Desmond (1996). Foundations of Distance Education. 
  34. ^ a b Koustarakis, G; Panagiotakopoulos, C.; Vergidis, D. "A Contribution to the Hellenic Open University: Evaluation of the pedagogical practices and the use of ICT on distance education". The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 9 (2). 
  35. ^ Shachar, Mickey; Yoram Neumann (2003). "Differences Between Traditional and Distance Education Academic Performances: A meta-analytic approach". The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 4. 

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