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The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)


Founded in 1987

Address : AAOU Secretariat, Wawasan Open University, 54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang, Malaysia

AAOU (AAOU: Asian Association of Open Universities) is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with education at a distance, namely, education in which the systematic teaching and the communication between student and teacher or institution take place mainly by a variety of media. AAOU was founded in 1987 by a number of open universities in the Asian region who realized the significant contribution of distance education in democratizing the provision of learning opportunities to mankind.


The objectives of the Association shall be:

(a) to widen the educational opportunities available to all the people of the region
and to improve the costof member institutions by exchanging management information, teaching materials and research;

(b) to help promote education by distance teaching systems, and develop its potentialities;

(c) to help promote professional and ethical standards amongst distance educators;

(d) to cowith official bodies and others directly or indirectly interested in education at a distance;

(e) to facilitate cooperation with other similar regional and international bodies in all the above objectives; and

(f) to do all other things incidenta1 or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

Online education provides numerous choices in degree programs offered by universities or colleges overseas.

Degrees obtained online are becoming more and more acceptable in the international job market and the quality of online education continues to increase.

Online learning (E-education) is a fast growing industry that currently enrolls more than twenty percent of all higher education students in the United States alone.

Several highly commendable universities worldwide have opened their courses online, allowing international students to complete their degrees from overseas schools, through Internet technology, without needing to leave their home countries.

The advantages of online education are :
1) students incur less expenses in overseas travel;
2) communication or language barrier becomes less of an issue;
3) the duration of study, is shortened with equal results in learning.

As in 2013, Malaysia has :

1) 414 Private colleges
2) 37 Private universities
3) 20 Private University-colleges
4) 7 Foreign branch campus
5) 20 Public universities

Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) was founded in 1987 by a number of Asian Open Universities in distance education democratizing the provision of learning opportunities to working adults.

Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions. An influential academic organization for distance education and open learning in Asia.

Members of the AAOU take turns in hosting the Annual Conference as a focal point for updating on issues, ideas and developments in the field of Open Distance Learning (ODL) in the Asia and Pacific region.

Open Universities in Asia
1 Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Pakistan
2 Al-Quds Open University, Jordan (AQOU) Jordan
3 Bangladesh Open University, Dhaka (BOU) Bangladesh
4 Beijing Radio & TV University (BRTVU) China
5 Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) India
6 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open Univeristy (BAOU) India
7 Hanoi Open University (HOU) Vietnam
8 Hanyang Cyber University, Korea (HYCU) Korea
9 Henan Radio & TV University (HNRTVU) China
10 Ho Chi Minh City Open University (HCMCOU) Vietnam
11 Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) India
12 Inner Mongolia Radio & TV University (IMRTVU) Mongolia
13 Jiangsu Radio & TV University (JSRTVU) China
14 Jiangxi Radio & TV University (JRTVU) China
15 Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) India
16 Korea Cyber University (KCU) Korea
17 Korea National Open University (KNOU) Korea
18 Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University (MPBOU) India
19 National Open Univeristy, China Taiwan (NOU) China, Taiwan
20 Netaji Subhas Open University, Calcutta (NSOU) India
21 Open University of China (OUC) China
22 Open University Malaysia (OUM) Malaysia
23 Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) China, Hong Kong
24 Open University of Israel (OUI) Israel
25 Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) Sri Lanka
26 Payame Noor University (PNU) Iran
27 Shaanxi Radio and Television University (SXRTVU) China
28 Shanghai Television University (STVU) China
29 Sichuan Radio & TV University (SCRTVU) China
30 Shenyang Radio & TV University (SYTVU) China
31 Singapore Institute of Management, Open University Program (UniSIM) Singapore
32 Sukhotai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) Thailand
33 Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning (SCDL) India
34 Tamilnadu Open University (TOU) India
35 The Open University of Japan (OUJ) Japan
36 Tianjin Radio & TV University (TJRTVU) China
37 U.P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University (UPRTOU)  
38 Universitas Terbuka (UT) Indonesia
39 Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) Malaysia
40 University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Philippines
41 Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU)  
42 Wawasan Open University (WOU) Malaysia
43 Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) India
44 Yunnan Radio & TV University (YRTVU) China
45 Zhejiang Radio & TV University (ZRTVU) China

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