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UK’s largest university launches across 21 countries

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The Open University (OU) is expanding with the launch of a bespoke, interactive site for European students wanting to access the renown University and its flexible, online degrees, e-learning study and support system.

Rated by students in 2012 as the most satisfying university in the UK, the Open University offers qualifications ranging from MBA, postgraduate and undergraduate courses, across a variety of subjects via its unique distance learning method. The OU Business School is triple accredited (AMBA (UK), EQUIS (Europe) and ACCSB (USA)) of which only 1% of business schools worldwide hold.

Launched in 1969 with 25,000 students The Open University now has just under a quarter of a million students registering on modules each year. Teaching material is delivered through a Virtual Learning Environment offering a rich mix of text and audio resources and student forums.

The Open University’s distance learning part time delivery allows students to earn while they learn. This modular study approach means students can study their preferred subjects when and where they want. There is a personal tutor for each module and a student: tutor ratio of approximately 18:1 ensures quality of support and guidance at all times.

Matthew Brown, Digital Marketing Director, Open University Global Direct said: “The high standards achieved by our graduates are recognised by employers – 80 of the largest FTSE 100 companies in the UK have sponsored their employees on Open University courses. Part of the success of The Open University is our support structure. With tutor support throughout a student’s studies, online forums, webinars, 11,000 hours of learning materials on our OpenLearn website, content on iTunes U or more than 800 videos on our YouTube EDU channel, there is a wealth of materials to support students throughout their studies, and it is all inclusive in the fees charged. ”

The academic excellence of The Open University is another factor, as Matthew explains: “Almost two thirds of our research is classed as either World Leading or Internationally Excellent”.

The OU has 25 Affiliated Research Centres worldwide including the Health Protection Agency, Transport Research Laboratory and the UK Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia.


Across the University research is being conduct with the aim of benefiting society. For example a team in the OU’s Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology are developing an automated outbreak detection system that will be faster and more comprehensive than current methods.

The OU also has a leading role in the UK’s involvement in the next mission to Mars. ExoMars is a series of missions to Mars scheduled for launch in 2016 and 2018. The Department of Physical Sciences is involved in research, design and production of instruments in four key areas of this mission.

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. Since it began in 1969, the OU has taught more than 1.8 million students and has almost 250,000 current students.

The OU is rated the top university for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey, and has been in the top three universities every year since the survey began in 2005.

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