University of the Philippines Open University

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University of the Philippines Open University
UP Open University logo.png
MottoHonor and Excellence
TypeDistance learning institution
EstablishedFebruary 23, 1995
ChancellorMelinda dP. Bandalaria, PhD
PresidentDanilo L. Concepcion
Academic staff
203 (2013)[1]
Students2,568 (2013)[1]
Undergraduates512 (2013)[1]
Postgraduates2,056 (2013)[1]
Location, ,
Hymn"U.P. Naming Mahal" ("U.P. Beloved")
ColorsUP colors.svg UP Maroon and UP Forest Green
NicknameFighting Maroons
AffiliationsICDE, AAOU, PSDL
UP logotype.svg

The University of the Philippines Open University (also referred to as UPOU, UP Open University, or UP OpenU) is a public research university and distance learning institution headquartered in the town of Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. It was established on February 23, 1995 as the fifth constituent university of the University of the Philippines System.


University of the Philippines Open University was established on February 23, 1995 as the fifth constituent university of the University of the Philippines System.[2][3] Its mandate is to provide education opportunities to individuals aspiring for higher education and improved qualifications but were unable to take advantage of traditional modes of education because of personal and professional obligations. It is mandated by Republic Act No. 10650, also known as the Open and Distance Learning Act of 2014 to assist the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on their open distance learning functions.[4]


UP Open University Oblation

The U.P. Open University delivers its programs and courses through distance education (DE). Learners study in an independent self-learning style using specially designed learning materials and resources. Teaching and learning is mediated through the use of technology like print, audio, video and internet. Students interact with their instructors and each other through virtual classrooms, email and web conferencing. UP Open University also uses short-messaging system (SMS) for distance learning which in has become a subject of study by the Virtual University of Pakistan.[5] Almost all courses are offered through online learning mode.


  • Faculty of Education (FEd) covers the following range of areas of study: general education, alternative education, language and literacy education, science and mathematics teaching, social studies education, and distance education.
  • Faculty of Information & Communication Studies (FICS) offers degree programs in communication, information systems, computer science, and multimedia studies.
  • Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) offers a range of postgraduate programs in R&D management, environment and natural resources management, land valuation and management, public management, social work, nursing, hospital administration, and public health as well as non-formal programs in entrepreneurship, health, and land valuation.


U.P. Open University conducts research in distance education (DE) and the disciplines it currently offers.

The University has spearheaded research in open and distance learning in the country. Its research in this area has delved into the following topics: DE learner profile, learning styles, and 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; and management of DE.

In addition, the University has also pursued research in the following discipline-based areas: education, information and communication technology, multimedia, communication, organization and management, public policy, environment, health, and development studies. Many of these discipline-based studies have been externally funded.


The U.P. Open University Headquarters is located in Los Baños, Laguna, close to the International Rice Research Institute. Set against the picturesque view of Mount Makiling, its main administrative and annex buildings house the main offices, including the Office of the Chancellor (OC), the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA), the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (OVCFA), and the Faculties of Studies Offices. The Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium is also in this complex.

A major landmark in the UPOU Headquarters is the U.P. Open University Oblation sculpture that stands in the Oblation Plaza in front of the main building. It is a replica of National Artist Guillermo Tolentino's U.P. Oblation, which depicts a man facing upward with arms outstretched, symbolizing selfless offering of oneself to the country. UPOU’s Oblation stands on a pedestal with a ribbon-like flag swirling around the pedestal and the Oblation. This gives an effect of the flag lifting the Oblation into greater heights and gives it the boundless reach that is symbolic of UPOU's prime objective of widening access to UP quality education. It was designed and executed by University Artist and UPOU Chancellor Dr. Grace J. Alfonso in 2005. The UPOU Oblation statue also provides a stately background to the Oblation Plaza where the annual commencement exercises are held.

The University also maintains a satellite office at the National Computer Center Building in Diliman, Quezon City.

Learning Centers[edit]

The U.P. Open University has several Learning Centers in strategic locations in the country. These Centers are the venues where students can conduct and seek advice on transactions, activities and procedures regarding application for admission, registration, student orientation, distribution of course materials, dropping of subjects, filing leave of absence, examinations, accessing library materials, face-to-face tutorials (if available) and tutorials on basic computer and internet literacy. Learning Centers are mostly located in other U.P. campuses and state universities in selected regions of the country.

To serve the student support needs of offshore students, the University has created the Virtual Learning Center, where all transactions and procedures are conducted and communicated online.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jejomar Binay - Diploma in Environment and Natural Resource Management graduate.[6] Former Makati Mayor, Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines
  • Miguel Zubiri - Graduate, Master in Environment and Natural Resources Management.[7] Senator of the Republic of the Philippines
  • Sharon Cuneta - Associate in Arts student; singer, actress, television host; wife of Senator Francis Pangilinan
  • Eliza Pineda - Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies; actress
  • Toni Gonzaga - Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies; singer, actress, television host
  • Sarah Geronimo - Associate in Arts; singer, actress
  • Rachelle Ann Go - Associate in Arts student; singer
  • Richard Gomez - Associate in Arts graduate of 2009; actor
  • Jackielou Blanco - Associate in Arts student; actress, bodybuilder, fitness instructor
  • Catherine Untalan - Graduate, Master of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, Miss Earth Philippines
  • Kris Psyche Resus - Associate in Arts student; former Miss Philippines Earth 2010
  • Emmerie Dale Cunanan - Associate in Arts student; former 2nd Runner-Up Turismo Filipina 2008, Miss Philippines Earth-Water 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "U.P. Statistics 2013" (PDF). University of the Philippines. University of the Philippines system. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 25, 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  2. ^ Jung, Insung; Latchem, Colin (April 5, 2012). Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Distance Education: Models, Policies and Research. Routledge. ISBN 9781136849862. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Republic Act No. 10650 | GOVPH". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Wains, Shahid Islam; Mahmood, Waqar (January 1, 2008). "Integrating M-learning with e-Learning". Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGITE Conference on Information Technology Education. ACM: 31–38. doi:10.1145/1414558.1414568. ISBN 9781605583297. S2CID 17705577. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Singcol, Anna Katrina T. "Profile of Jejomar "Jojo" Cabauatan Binay". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Senator Juan Miguel F. Zubiri". Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved January 23, 2017.

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