University of the Philippines Open University - UPOU

  • Description
  • Vision

    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.

    Research Profile

    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:

    • education
    • infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion technology
    • multimedia
    • communication
    • orga­ni­za­tion and management
    • pub­lic policy
    • environment
    • health
    • 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.


    Phone +63.49.536.6001

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