National Open University was established on 1 August 1986. The opening ceremony and first year courses started in November 1986. Although the university originally had entrance examinations, they were later abolished in 1997. Classes were originally conducted over a dedicated radio station, and television channel and internet classroom were later added. Today, the university is a full-service, distance learning university fully accredited by the Taiwanese government, and has an annual enrollment of 35,000 students.