The UP Open University shall be at the forefront of the knowledge society as a leading institution of open learning and distance education.
The U.P. Open University seeks to provide wider access to quality higher education. It shall adhere to the highest standards of academic excellence , guarantee academic freedom , and encourage social responsibility and nationalistic commitment among its faculty, staff and students.
Specifically, the UPOU has the following objectives:
- To provide opportunities for alternative access to quality higher education by offering baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degree programs and non-formal courses by distance education.
- To develop a system of continuing education for sustaining professional growth and improving technical skills especially for those who cannot leave their jobs or homes for full-time studies; and
- To contribute towards upgrading the quality of residential instruction in the University and the educational system of the country, in general, by developing, testing and utilizing innovative instructional materials and technology, and sharing these with other colleges and universities through cooperative programs.
UPOU views research as essential to its function as a university. The University looks at research as a means to enhance its teaching function, create new knowledge, and contribute to addressing societal problems. The University has made available a number of grants to support the research activities of faculty and staff members, including the dissemination of research results.
UPOU conducts research in distance education (DE) and the disciplines it currently offers. Since its establishment, the University has spearheaded research in open and distance learning in the country. Its research in this area has been diverse, covering the following topics:
- DE learner profile
- DE learning syles
- DE learner performance
- online teaching and learning
- virtual learning environments
- computer-mediated collaborative learning
- gender and distance education
- pedagogical approaches in distance education
- DE program evaluation
- Management of DE
In addition, the University has also pursued research in the the following discipline-based areas:
- information and communication technology
- organization and management
- public policy
- development studies
Many of these discipline-based studies have been externally funded.
Each Faculty of Studies has also crafted its own research program to prioritize its research activities. For inquiries about the Faculties’ research thrusts, visit the websites of the Faculties of Studies.
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.