The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) was designed to address the demand for quality and accessible higher education especially in areas which are not reached by the other campuses of UP.


The UP Open University shall be at the forefront of the knowledge society as a leading institution of open learning and distance education.


The UP 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 UP Open University has the following goals:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

The UP Open University Headquarters