Nepal Open University is established by an act of parliament in 2073 B.S. (2016) by the government of Nepal with Act No 3, 2073 approved date 2073. 03.30 B.S. This is the premier Open University in Nepal with equal in legal status to other universities in the country. The academic as well as the administrative head is the Vice-chancellor. The Registrar is the chief of the personnel and financial administration of the university.
The purpose of establishment of the university is to expand the access of higher education to mass people who are unreached to conventional higher/tertiary education. The university therefore now is striving to make programmes that are inclusive and relevant to the national needs of creating knowledge society and preparing youth for world of work in Nepal and equally competent for the global market. By utilizing the cutting edge information and communication technology, NOU is going to run programme in distance online learning mode. The focus of the education programme will be on science and technology, technical and vocational education, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses the higher education priority areas stated in higher education policy. Besides, NOU will run general and professional education programmes such as humanities and social sciences, management and public administration, education, law and other relevant areas identified from the research and development unit of the university while expanding the programmes. The courses will prepare graduates competent in self-job creation and employ in national and international job market.
In conventional university students do come to university for education, whereas NOU tries to reach to the students where they are to educate, train and validate the lived experiences through certification based on established quality standards of higher/tertiary education. The programme will be more flexible in reference to time, place and academic level of the students. There will be the provision to the students to join in the courses to reach to the level needed to meet the entry requirement for a particular education programmes. However, completion of school education is the basic requirements to enroll in the university.
Vision, Mission and Objective
Develop Nepal Open University into a leading higher education institution in the country providing higher education and training to mass people through open and distance mode in a competitively affordable fee structure.
By employing the innovative and effective modern technology to increase the access of education to all sectors, levels and class of people in imparting education and training according to the market needs to prepare them qualified and competent human resource with the spirit of co-existence and full of patriotism and consciousness and with the ability to use those qualities and competencies in work of social development inspiring with positive thinking and acting.
As its major objectives, NOU has committed itself to:
- provide opportunities of and access to academic, professional and research-based inclusive higher education in terms of place, time and pace of learning to those who are denied /deprived of accessing conventional higher education institutions for various reasons through conventional mode of learning;
- produce citizens with knowledge, skills, competencies in different disciplines/subjects prepared to contribute to sustainable development having spirit of co-existence using modern information technology in education through student-centered and problem based research oriented teaching learning opportunities in education and training;
- establish e-library, e-resources, museums/archives and laboratories for teaching, learning and research;
- impart quality, relevant and significant education by building an environment of collaboration and cooperation with national and international organizations;
- support the nation in ensuring life-long learning opportunities to all respecting the fundamental rights of people in getting education for their successful life;
- establish and ensure an environment for authentic learning of knowledge and competencies in collaboration with national and international organizations, industries, and business to the graduates through functional and real life experiences; and,
- develop and apply flexible entry requirements according to the principles of open education to mass people for higher education and training.