Open Universities have revolutionised lifelong learning in many countries. They are inspired by democratisation, growing demand for tertiary education, technology advancements well suited to mass education and the human resources needs of modern societies.
Open Universities have played a pioneering role as they established a form of studying that had never been seen in the world.
Open Universities have been a great success, by several indicators, in countries where they have been established. They have evidence of high quality instruction.
Open Universities probably will go down in the history books as one of the most important educational innovations of the contemporary times. They instilled hope and made it a reality; they have helped to preserve national cultures and introduced progress; and they have popular national resources.
This book gives the genesis and growth, profiles and key areas of Open Universities in different countries of the world.
Dr. P. Satyanarayana,a senior distance educator,was associated with the founding of Dr. B .R. Ambedkar Open University and Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He was a consultant to several distance teaching universities; participated in national and international conferences and seminars; andcontributed to national and international journals on open distance education. He has to his credit books on different dimensions of distance teaching universities. Now, he is Overseas Educational Consultant to OKOS Communications systems in USA.
Dr. Lakshmi Manthateaches English at Osmania University Engineering College. She is a certified NLP trainer. She specialised in teaching Business Communication through distance mode and is Communication consultant to several organizations. She has participated in national and international conferences, seminars and workshops; and contributed to journals on different dimensions of higher distance education and open learning systems.
Dr. EmmanuelDK Meduri is a Professor of Management at TKR Engineering College, Hyderabad. He specialised in Management of ICT in Distance Education and earlier represented Global University in Distance Education (Rome) in South Asia. Participated in national and international conferences and seminars. His works include Indian Management Education Practices and Perspectives, E-Learning wave in India, Globalisation of Education.
Journey of Open Universities
Genesis and Growth of Open Universities
Profiles of Popular Open Universities
Key Areas of Open Universities