List of open universities

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This is a list of schools worldwide that identify as open universities, either as part of their titles or as an explicit tenet of their educational philosophy and methods. Open education is a core value for these institutions; they are not just secondary offshoots from more traditional universities.

The information shown for each school is deliberately limited. Each university listed here is linked to an existing article, where more information and verifiable references can be found.


Name Type Headquarter Country DL PC Notes
National Open University of Nigeria Public Abuja Nigeria Yes
Open University of Mauritius Public Réduit, Moka District Mauritius Yes Yes
Open University of Sudan Public Khartoum, Khartoum Sudan Yes
Open University of Tanzania Public Dar es Salaam Tanzania Yes
Open University of West Africa Private Accra, Greater Accra Region Ghana Yes
Zambian Open University Private Lusaka Zambia Yes
Zimbabwe Open University Public Harare Zimbabwe Yes
Islamic Online University Private Kanifing Gambia Yes


Name Type Headquarters Country DL PC Notes
Bangladesh Open University Public Gazipur District, Dhaka Division Bangladesh Yes Yes
Al-Quds Open University Public Amman Jordan
Allama Iqbal Open University Public Islamabad Pakistan Yes Yes Research
Virtual University of Pakistan Public Lahore Pakistan Yes Research
Andhra Pradesh Open University Public Hyderabad, Telangana India Yes Yes
Arab Open University Private Riyadh Saudi Arabia Yes Yes Non-profit, Pan Arab
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Public Ahmedabad, Gujarat India Yes Yes
Global Open University Public Dimapur, Nagaland India Yes Yes
Ho Chi Minh City Open University Public District 3, Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Yes
Indira Gandhi National Open University Public Maidan Garhi, New Delhi India Yes
Karnataka State Open University Public Mysore, Karnataka India Yes Yes
Korea National Open University Public Seoul South Korea Yes
Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University Public Guwahati, Assam India Yes Yes
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University Public Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh India Yes Yes
Nalanda Open University Public Patna, Bihar India Yes Yes
National Open University Public Luzhou District, New Taipei ROC Yes
Nepal Open University Public Lalitpur, Kathmandu Nepal
Netaji Subhas Open University Public Kolkata, West Bengal India Yes Yes
Odisha State Open University Public Sambalpur, Odisha India Yes
Open Cyber University South Korea A consortium of Korean universities
Open University Malaysia Private Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Yes Yes
Open University of China Public Beijing PRC Yes
Open University of Hong Kong Public Hong Kong Hong Kong Yes Yes
Open University of Israel Public Ra'anana, Central District Israel Yes Yes
Open University of Kaohsiung Public Siaogang, Kaohsiung ROC Yes
Open University of Sri Lanka Public Nawala, Nugegoda Sri Lanka Yes Yes
Open Orthodox University Russia Theological
Pandit Sundarlal Sharma (Open) University Public Bilaspur district, Chhattisgarh India Yes Yes
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Open University Public Manila Philippines Yes Yes
Shanghai Open University Public Shanghai PRC Yes
Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University Public Nonthaburi Thailand
Tamil Nadu Open University Public Chennai, Tamil Nadu India Yes
The Open University of Japan Private Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Japan Yes Former University of the Air.
Universitas Terbuka Public Tangerang Selatan, Banten Indonesia Yes Yes
University of the City of Manila, Open University Public Intramuros, Manila Philippines Yes Yes
University of the Philippines Open University Public Los Baños, Laguna Philippines Yes Research
Uttar Pradesh Rajarshi Tandon Open University Public Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh India
Uttarakhand Open University Public Haldwani, Uttarakhand India Yes
Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University Public Kota, Rajasthan India
Venkateshwara Open University Private Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh India
Wawasan Open University Private George Town, Penang Malaysia Yes Yes
Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Public Nasik, Maharashtra India Yes Yes


Name Type Headquarters Country DL PC Notes
Open Universities Australia Private Melbourne, Victoria Australia Yes


Name Type Headquarters Country DL PC Notes
Hellenic Open University Public Patras, Achaea, Western Greece Greece Yes Yes
Taras Shevchenko National University - KNU Open University Public - Self-Governing Kiev Ukraine Yes Yes Ranked among top 500 universities (QS Ranking)
Intercultural Open University Foundation Private Granada Spain Yes Non-profit, Graduate
Novi Sad Open University Novi Sad Serbia
Open International University of Human Development "Ukraine" Private Kiev Ukraine Yes Yes Non-profit
Open University of the Netherlands Public Heerlen, Limburg Netherlands Yes
Open University of Catalonia Public Barcelona Spain Yes
Open University of Cyprus Public Nicosia Cyprus Yes
The Open University Public Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire United Kingdom Yes Yes Bachelor, Master, Doctoral, Research.

Ranked among top 500 universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)[1]

Universidade Aberta Public Lisbon Portugal Yes

North America[edit]

North America
Name Type Headquarters Country DL PC Notes
Athabasca University Public Athabasca, Alberta Canada Yes Yes Doctoral, Master, & Bachelor
Intercultural Open University Foundation Private Arden, Delaware United States Yes Non-profit, Graduate
Open SUNY Public New York, New York United States Yes
Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning Public Kamloops, British Columbia Canada Yes Yes - Cushite Hebrew Yeshiva Open International University Private Kissimme, Florida United States Yes Religious Non-Profit, Doctoral, Masters, Bachelors, Associates, Diploma, Certificate [2]

South America[edit]

South America
Name Type Headquarters Country DL PC Notes
Interamerican Open University Private Buenos Aires Argentina
Universidad Nacional Abierta Public all the states Venezuela Yes Yes Masters, Bachelors, Associates, Diploma, Certificate [3]


  1. ^ "The Open University". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2018-06-08.
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