The FernUniversität in Hagen – University of Hagen – is the only state-maintained distance teaching university in the German-speaking countries and regions. They benefit from our modern distance education system which combines pedagogically well prepared study units with individual support, net-based co-operation in seminars and working groups, online communication offers and face-to-face sessions (Blended Learning). Contact and contact persons for the students are to be found on the main campus at Hagen as well as at the around 50 study centres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. Since we offer a real alternative to on-campus studies with high-quality final degrees (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate), we particularly also stand for the trend towards lifelong learning. That is why over 77,000 students have chosen to study with us.
The Open Universiteit in the Netherlands is an independent government-funded institute for distance learning at university level. The majority of the courses and programmes is in Dutch. The Open Universiteit offers courses, bachelor and masterprogrammes in Dutch. Only a limited number of courses is offered in English. Studying at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands (OU) allows professionals to sharpen their skills. In fact, many of its students already have degrees and take one or more courses to acquire additional know-how or to retrain for a different occupation. Students enrolled at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands are following one of the university’s courses or fully accredited Bachelor or Master degree programmes. About 60% of these students remain in paid employment throughout their studies, and nearly 35% have enrolled because it leaves them free to choose their own time and place of study and lets them progress at their own pace.
The National Distance Education University (UNED) has as its mission the public service of higher education through the modality of distance education. At more than 205,000 students, UNED has the largest student population in Spain and is one of the largest universities in Europe. Since 1972, UNED has sought to translate into action the principle of equal opportunity in access to higher education through a methodology based on the principles of distance learning and focused on the needs of the student. UNED is the leader in the implementation of cutting edge technologies applied to learning, with the largest offer of virtual courses in Spain. UNED established in all the Spanish Autonomous Communities in the form of 61 Associated Centers and more than 100 extensions and classrooms, where tutoring takes place and also the venues for the proctoring of in-person exams. UNED is Present in 13 countries in Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italia), America (United States, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela) and Africa (Equatorial Guinea).Academic teaching staff of more than 1,400 in 9 Faculties, 2 Technical Colleges and the University Access Course (CAD) at UNED Headquarters and more than 7,000 Professor-Tutors spread across the Associated Centers.