The Open University of the Netherlands is a Dutch institution for distance learning at university level. It is an independent government-funded university and uses a variety of methods, including written materials, the Internet, and occasional evening seminars or day sessions.
The Open University of the Netherlands was founded in 1984 and opened to students that September. The administration is based in Heerlen, in the province of Limburg, in the very south of the Netherlands. The university has twelve study centres and three support centres dispersed throughout the continental Netherlands, as well as six study centres in Dutch-speaking Flanders and partnerships with institutions in Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Suriname.
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