The Open European University

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More digital

more innovative

more diverse

more flexible

more student-centred

more sustainable

more long-lasting

The pan-European open university

Our mission

We seek to give access to quality higher education and lifelong learning to all, any time, from anywhere, regardless of their age, time constraints, place of residence or general circumstances, leaving no one behind. Using our collective experience in digital technologies in higher education, we want to make digital transformation real.

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The EU Open university in figures

+ 400,000

Number of students

Academic year: 2020/2021

+ 600,000

Number of graduates


Total staff


Average age of students

85 %

of students work and study at the same time

Our members

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

The value of research in open and distance learning.


Open Universiteit

Accessible. Think Open.


Open University of Ciprus

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.


Rector’s meeting

We are focused on:

Empowering Values Transformation

Creating new flexible learning pathways for our lifelong learners.

Adapt educative systems to the digital era in order to satisfy the specific needs of the community and democratise international Higher Education.

Enhance challenge-based learning, targeting three main topics: digital transformation, climate emergency and European values.

Only social purpose will truly inspire a digital transformation in Higher Education

OpenEU, working towards

A solid and sustainable European open university

A vibrant community and strong engagement with society

Lifelong learning opportunities for all

Widening participation in higher education

Inclusive and flexible formats for virtual mobilities

Joint research in digital education

Enhanced capacities for digital transformation

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Focus group


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