Opening educational opportunities to everyone is UP Open University’s (UPOU) mandate as a public service institution. Through the years, UPOU has been involved in the improvement of the practice of open learning and distance education. UPOU explores and implements different pedagogies to reach more students and help improve education in the Philippines.

UPOU is an advocate of openness and adheres to the philosophy of Open Education. When the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was introduced in 2012, UPOU immediately explored this new technology and pedagogy. A series of MOOCs workshops and conversations were conducted to understand how MOOCs could target specific skill sets and social sectors.


The Division of Humanities has sustained its KATBARI Arts Festival in celebration of the National Arts Month of February for about a decade now.  The event is held in conjunction with the nation-wide activities led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.  The KatbariArtsfest consists of a series of events that include lecture forums on the arts, art workshops, exhibits, poetry reading, poetry performance, concerts and theater productions.  Its purpose is to showcase the creative works of student and faculty artists, enhance the discourse on the study of literature, visual and media arts, and the performing arts and enrich the community life with cultural and artistic events.


Since the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolandain November 2013, the Psychology cluster of DSS has been actively involved in the direct provision of psychosocial services to the people of Eastern Visayas as well as training various individuals and groups on how to become facilitators of psychological first aid (PFA). PFA trainings aim to capacitate lay people in terms of gaining the knowledge and skills necessary in facilitating PFA for survivors of disasters and emergencies. To date, the Psychology faculty of DSS have already trained hundreds of individuals from different organizations and agencies such as DepEd, Department of Health, local barangay government units, universities, and private companies, among others.


VISION An office that sustains a lifelong engagement, interest, and concern of the alumni and the university. MISSION To create programs and undertake projects and activities that strengthen link of the university with the alumni, alumni with other alumni, and alumni with other academic and non-academic institutions and organizations


For more than two decades now, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) has been playing a pivotal role in widening access to quality education especially to sectors that are not normally reached by the conventional educational system. The UPOU is the pioneer and leading institution in open and distance learning (ODL) in the Philippines and the 5th Constituent Unit (CU) of the University of the Philippines (UP) System.