The Hellenic Open University was founded as a self-administered State University with its premises located mainly in Patras Greece. The University accepted its first students in 1998. It has four Schools (Social Sciences, Applied Arts, Science and Technology and Humanities).
Currently, over 30.000 undergraduate and postgraduate students are registered in. They are educated by an outward-looking academic faculty of around 50 members, supported by 2000 adjunct lecturers, professors, post-doctoral researchers, laboratory support staff, instructors, as well as around 200 administrative support staff.
The mission of the HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY (HOU) is to provide high-quality university education via distance learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For that purpose, it develops and implements appropriate learning material and methods of teaching. The promotion of scientific research, as well as the development of the relevant technology and methodology in the area of distance learning, fall within the scope of its objectives.