The Open University of Japan


Higher Education for All


Broadcasting System

OUJ's facilities include the number of equipments for producing television and radio broadcast lectures. There are three TV and three radio studios where more than 1,200 broadcast lecture programs are produced every year. OUJ's recorded TV and radio lecture programs are broadcasted from the OUJ's transmission facilities, from early morning till late night, throughout the nation. At present, most radio lecture programs and some TV lecture programs are also available online as on demand video.


The library's service is based on the concept of distance education and owns books that were used for reference in the programs. In addition to printed books, the library carries text books, DVDs and CDs of the OUJ broadcasting programs. The library was built in 1990, a three story building with an audio visual room, designed to provide a space of intelligence and silence. The users can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring. Items held at the OUJ could be searched by OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) reference service, and items that the OUJ does not carry could be searched through the Academic Information Database of the National Institute of Informatics. Inventory books are about 340,000, with the books housed in other libraries located at study centers nationwide, the number is more than 780,000. There are also about 64,000 e-books available to the OUJ students that could be accessed from their smartphones or PCs.

Seminar House

The Seminar House was built to promote communication between the students and the faculty members of OUJ through research, study and field work, as well as other related activities. The facility also provides accommodations for students and visitors of OUJ.

Research Institute for Learning and Education Strategies (RILES)

RILES was established in April 2018 for the purpose of crystallizing OUJ Vision ’17 by analyzing its enormous quantity of data. Specifically, RILES focuses on the following two points;
① Research studies to pursue a better method for learning and teaching, and practical use of its outcomes
② Information gathering and analyzing for improvement of our management, and practical use of its outcomes
By conducting the above stated, OUJ will attempt to improve and expand our education system and management, which may also contribute to enhancement and improvement of higher education in Japan.

Center for Online Education

Center for Online Education was established in April 2017, with the objective of promoting education at OUJ based on ICT.
To build a new era of OUJ, the center is focusing on research and development, and has established three research groups for evaluation, content development and learning environment, as well as R & D projects for pioneering contents. The following are the visions and missions set as the basic principles for operation of the center;
Visions: To renovate the basement of future learning system of OUJ, and to promote OUJ as the world leading center in the field of life-long learning.
Missions: For all the leaners regardless of their conditions, lecturers and staff, and for further development of life-long learning.

Support Office for Students with Disabilities

In order to guarantee fair education for all OUJ students with disabilities, and to support OUJ faculty and staffs who make efforts for improving learning and students’ life environment, the support office was established in 2016.

Copyright © The Open University of Japan. All rights reserved.