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More digital

more innovative

more diverse

more flexible

more learner-centred

more sustainable

more long-lasting

The pan-European open university

Our mission

Establish a learner-centred, inclusive, digital and green open university with a European scope, widening access to quality higher education and lifelong learning to all.

Contribute to the digital transformation of Higher Education Institutions, supporting them in the integration of digital technologies for education, resulting in the reinforcement and invigoration of the EHEA’s digital dimension

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OpenEU in figures

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Number of students

Academic year: 2022/2023

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Number of graduates

Total staff


Total staff

Average age of students


Average age of students

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of students work and study at the same time

We offer a wide range of...

Bachelors Masters Doctoral Lifelong learning Open courses Exam preparation courses Vocational training


Study languages

Bulgarian Catalan Dutch English French German Greek Icelandic Latvian Portuguese Russian Spanish

Who we are

Bifröst University

Educating people for impact and responsibility in business and society.


Daugavpils University

A place for bright minds.


Fernuniversität in Hagen

Leading Lifelong Learning.


Hellenic Open University

All. Join. Learn. Do. Change. Improve.


Open Universiteit

Accessible. Think Open.


Open University of Cyprus

Higher education within your reach.


Universidad Nacional y Educación a Distancia

Seamless learning for all.


Universidade Aberta

For an innovative and sustainable university open to the world.


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Learning. Transforming.


St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo

Education that links tradition to innovation.

Watch the video of our Rectors’ Meeting

Rector’s meeting

We are focused on:

Digital transformation Lifelong learning Inclusive and equitable Higher Education

Developing and scaling up innovative approaches to knowledge exchange through digital technologies

Building on our experience of offering flexible learning pathways for our lifelong learners

Widening access and participation in higher education to traditionally underrepresented groups

Digital transformation, climate emergency, democracy and European values at the core of OpenEU

OpenEU, working towards

The foundations of a solid and sustainable European open university

Innovation in curricula, course delivery and assessment

Lifelong learning opportunities for all

Wider participation of traditionally underrepresented groups

Quality digital learning

Accelerated digital transformation in higher education

More opportunities for international learning experience

Enhaced challenge-based knowledge generation

Increased the societal impact by engaging with our communities and labour market

The promotion of European values, Democracy, and a European way of life

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Focus group

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Universidade Aberta Bifröst University Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Open University of Cyprus Daugavpils University FernUniversität Hagen Hellenic Open University Open Universiteit (OUNL) UNED Veliko Tarnovo

Associated partners

European Association of Distance Teaching Universities International Association of Universities The Open University UNIKO Ukrainian Engineering Pedagogic Academy (UEPA) MIT Fédération Interuniversitaire de l’Enseignement à Distance UNIMED Eurocities European Leader Association For Rural Development Stifterverband Brightlands SECARTYS BIA Digital National Coalition Mentoring Europe