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Open University,

headquartered at Milton Keynes, England; founded 1969 as the Univ. of the Air. In 1971 a distance learning program was begun that now consists of correspondence courses integrated with television broadcasts, online and other computer resources, audio and video recordings, residential summer schools, and a counseling and tutorial service that operates through a network of regional offices and local study centers. Students (over 180,000) are usually over 21, working full-time, and studying in their spare time. The university's faculties include arts, business, education and language studies, health and social care, law, mathematics, computing, and technology, science, and social sciences. It has served as the prototype for similar programs throughout the world.
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Open University

the. (in Britain) a university founded in 1969 for mature students studying by television and radio lectures, correspondence courses, local counselling, and summer schools
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Open University

(education, body)
(OU) The UK distance-learning organisation, established in 1969. It teaches degree-level courses in many subjects via BBC radio and television broadcasts and summer schools.

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The Open University is one of the UK's largest universities and is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its creation, as 180,000 UK students now use its courses.
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Elaine Grimoldby, from Saltburn, decided to follow in the footsteps of her mother Wendy Bray, who was one of the first people to study at the Open University in the 1970s.
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degrees: Founded by Royal Charter in 1969, the Open University began teaching undergraduates in 1971 and two years later awarded its first degrees.
That's how many have undertaken Open University courses since it was established in 1969.

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