Asian Association of Open Universities

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Founded in 1987, the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with open and distance education. It strives to widen the educational opportunities available to all people in Asia and to improve the quality of the institutions in terms of their educational management, teaching and research. It promotes education by distance teaching systems, as well as professional and ethical standards; develops potentialities of open and distance education; cooperates with official bodies and others directly or indirectly interested in education at a distance; and facilitates cooperation with other similar regional and international bodies.

The AAOU membership consists of Full and Associate members. Our members share a common belief that the development of distance education can be obtained through friendship and close exchanges among institutions of open higher learning.

The AAOU Annual Conference, hosted in turn by member institutions, is a stimulating forum for all those associated with open and distance learning in Asia, particularly academics, administrators and students. It provides a focal point for bringing everyone up to date on the issues, ideas and developments in the field of open distance learning.

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Every year, the AAOU Annual Conference is hosted in turn by a full-member institution. We would like to invite your institution (if it is a full member) to consider submitting a proposal to host the 33rd AAOU Annual Conference in 2019. The Conference is a stimulating forum for all those associated with open and distance learning (ODL) in Asia, and is a focal point for updating everyone on the issues, ideas and developments in the field of ODL in the region. It is also an international platform for the critical exchange of knowledge and expertise among ODL academics, researchers and practitioners. The ‘Guidelines for Hosting the AAOU Annual Conference’ are available here. If your institution is interested
in hosting this important event, kindly submit a proposal at by 15 August 2017.
Every year, the AAOU may present a Meritorious Service Award (MSA) to an individual for his/her outstanding services and contributions to open and distance education. Individual academics or
administrators may be nominated by AAOU member institutions. If you wish to submit a nomination, please note the following details:

  • Individual academics or administrators may be nominated by AAOU member institutions or by senior faculty (not below the rank of Full Professor) working in AAOU member institutions.
  • Nominees need not be restricted to persons presently working for or associated with the member institutions of the AAOU.
  • Nominations must be signed either by the Chief Executive of the nominating institution or by at least three Senior Academics of the AAOU member institutions.
  • More than one nomination can be made.

For each nomination, the following three documents must be submitted:

  1. A signed nomination letter;
  2. A statement of no more than 1,000 words giving the reasons for making the nomination; and
  3. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae.

The deadline for nomination is 15 August 2017. Further details regarding this highly prestigious award are
in this webpage.

The AAOU Journal serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share their
expertise and experience in ODL. Researchers, academics, administrators, and
professionals in this area are welcome to submit papers to the Journal. Should you wish
to do so, please refer to the criteria and guidelines stated in this webpage. Manuscripts
which fulfill the criteria will be reviewed for possible publication.
The AAOU Staff Exchange Fellowship Program aims to provide a platform for capacity building and establish sustainable partnerships among open universities. Any AAOU member institution (donor) may contribute to the program by offering one or more short-term fellowships to staff from other member institutions (recipients) to spend up to one month at the donor institution in order to receive training, carry out an academic exchange or undertake a collaborative research project. All member institutions are welcome to participate in this initiative. Interested member institutions can refer to this webpage for a template for announcing a ‘Call for Applications’ and other details.
To share the latest knowledge, ideas, insights, and information in the field of ODL, the AAOU organizes web conferences. You may view our past events here.

Academics, scholars, and experts who wish to share useful and practical knowledge or skills on an ODL topic with our colleagues are invited to become our speakers and give a talk at an AAOU web conference. A speaker must be an expert in the area/field that he/she presents. If you are interested in sharing ODL topics with practitioners and scholars in the field, please send a proposal to us at and provide details of the contents to be shared in the web conference.

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About the Secretariat

The University of the Philippines – Open University (UPOU) pioneered in online teaching and learning and continues to play a leading role in the study and practice of open learning and distance education in the Philippines. UPOU is envisioned as a leader in teaching and learning in the digital age, helping to equip Filipinos with the knowledge and skills they need for life and work in the 21st century. Visit Website

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AAOU Secretariat, University of the Philippines Open University

Office of the Chancellor, UP Open University, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
Tel: (6349) 536 6001-6006 loc