23.01.2018

About us

The Open University is for everyone!

Open University (JYUOpen) is an integral part of the University of Jyväskylä, promoting educational equality and lifelong learning. We are proud to call ourselves the largest and most versatile open university in Finland, with 14 000 students annually.

The Open University offers around 40 bachelor-level subjects in Finnish from the faculties of the University of Jyväskylä, as well as a wide range of general studies, including language and communication courses. We are specialized in distance learning – web-based learning environments play a significant role in our study.

The education is provided either as the University’s own instruction or in cooperation with currently around 50 regional partner institutions located in various parts of Finland. These partners are providing also other types of adult education than open university education.

Finnish open universities provide the opportunity to pursue university studies regardless of age or educational background. The teaching offered at the Open University of the University of Jyväskylä is of an equally high standard as the teaching offered at the University of Jyväskylä. It is not possible to complete degree studies at the Open University, however the credits completed at open universities will contribute towards a degree if the student is admitted to a university in order to complete degree studies.

Director's greetings You are warmly welcomed to the Open University!

Facts and figures about us

  • The most popular open university in Finland
  • Open University is established in 1984
  • An independent institute within the University of Jyväskylä
  • Around 40 subjects with instruction in Finnish, some in English
  • Approximately 50 educational partner institutions
  • 14 000 students annually

Our values and vision

The Open University adheres to the values and ethical principles of the University of Jyväskylä.

  • learner-centred and lifelong learning
  • academic education
  • ensuring the success of our partners
  • regeneration and innovation
  • sustainable development

The Open University strenghtens the University's profile as a leading adult educator and teachers' educator with a nationally remarkable volume and high pedagogical quality, offering flexible and versatile modes of study, which will also provide opportunities for internationalization.

The mission of the Open University

The Open University of the University of Jyväskylä provides and develops university teaching to promote educational equity and lifelong learning. Its services are created in collaboration with the University’s faculties and other units as well as the users of the services.

Our projects

Open University of University of Jyväskylä is involved in project work that enables different research and development activities. Often in these projects the Open University acts as a part of a larger project consortium and is responsible for certain tasks or activities within the project. These projects work both in Finnish and in English.

Facts about the open university system in Finland

  • The Finnish Universities Act (558/2009) provides that universities must promote lifelong learning by degree-awarding, continuing, or by open university education
  • Open university education is provided at 14 Finnish universities
  • Open universities are integral parts of their universities, and they can also operate regionally
  • The objective is to offer everyone opportunities to develop their competences, to raise their level of education and to receive retraining
  • The courses at the Open University are open to everyone: there are no age limits or previous education requirements
  • Part of lifelong learning specialized in the methodology of adult education in Universities
  • Legislation and general guidance from the Ministry of Education
  • Universities negotiate the funding with the Ministry for the period of three years
  • 50-70 % of funding comes from the Ministry (based on the results)
  • 30-50 % of funding comes from study fees

Find out more about Finnish Open Universities