Arab Open University

Arab Open University
HE Institution
Year of foundation: 
Member since: 
Arab Open University
Parent Institution's name (english translation): 
Arab Open University
Parent Institution's name (original language): 
Arab Open University


Institutional postal address: 
Saudi Arabia Branch P. O. Box 84901, Riyadh 11681
Arab States
Institutional phone: 
00 966 1 2742277
Institutional fax: 
00 966 1 2742696

Mission / Vision

The AOU is a non-profit institution that aims to establish itself as one of the leading institutions of open and distance learning in the region, offering affordable access to higher education for currently disadvantaged groups and creating a forum of lifelong learning. The AOU intends to promote human resources development that is compatible with the demands and challenges of currebt and emerginf information technology platforms and international socio-economic developments.


  • Offering opportunities of quality higher education to a large and diversepopulation of students.
  • Developing as a centre of excellence for open and distance education.
  • Providing a forum for continuing education across the region to meet the needs of individuals and local society.
  • Providing opportunities fro professional training in response to market demands.
  • Providing special opportunities in higher education to disadvantaged groups of potential students (e.g. females and those residing in remote areas).

Main activities

  • Teaching
  • Reserach
  • Community Service


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government