About OUJ


The Open University of Japan (OUJ) was founded in 1983 by the Open University of Japan Foundation. It was established under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. It is an accredited "correspondence university" with the approval of MEXT.


Apr. 1983 The University of the Air (U-Air) was established
Apr. 1985 Undergraduate students were accepted and broadcast lectures were started
Jan. 1998 Nationwide digital broadcasting via CS (communications satellite) was launched
Oct. 1998 Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs were accepted at Study Centers throughout Japan
Apr. 2001 The School of Graduate Studies was established for the Master's Program
Dec. 2006 A terrestrial digital broadcasting service was launched (for the Kanto region only)
Oct. 2007 The University of the Air was renamed The Open University of Japan (OUJ)
Oct. 2011 Nationwide digital broadcasting via BS (broadcast satellite) was launched
Oct. 2014 The Ph.D. Program was launched at the School of Graduate Studies
Apr. 2015 Online courses were launched
Apr. 2017 The Center for Online Education (COE) was established
Apr. 2018 The Research Institute for Learning and Education Strategies (RILES) was established
Oct. 2018 Additional BS channels were made available to offer a variety of programs (shift from terrestrial digital broadcasting)
May. 2020 Webcast Open Lectures were started
July 2022 Confirmatory implementation of IBT (Internet-Based-Testing) for the Credit Accreditation Examination was carried out.