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Our strategy

Our vision   

As a distinct higher education institution, The Open University will deliver an outstanding enquirer and student experience, empowering people in Ireland to achieve their potential, thus positively contributing to society and economy. We will achieve this through investment in excellent staff, excellent resources, public, governmental and academic engagement, supported by strong internal and external partnerships.

Our mission 

The Open University is open to people, places, methods and ideas.

Our values


  • We play a unique role in society, making higher hducation open to all
  • We promote social justice through the development of knowledge and skills


  • We lead the learning revolution, placing innovation at the heart of our teaching and research
  • We continuously seek new and better ways to inspire and enable learning
  • We create world class research and teaching


  • We respond to the needs of individuals and employers and the communities in which they live and work
  • We are dedicated to supporting our students’ learning success.

The Open University will continue to lever its global expertise in high quality, flexible and responsive higher education to support the learning objectives of people, communities and the economy throughout Ireland. This will include rural communities and locations not served by traditional institutions.