The Open University Of Tanzania


The Open University of Tanzania is the first university in the whole of the East Africa region to offer educational programmes through Open and Distance Learning mode. This makes OUT peculiar from conventional residential universities. Through Open and Distance Learning (ODL), OUT allows flexible learning environment leading to protracted periods of course completion.

Being an ODL institution OUT operates through a network of 30 Regional Centres and more than 70 Study Centres in Tanzania and abroad.

Vision and Mission


"To be a leading world-class University in the delivery of affordable quality education through Open distance learning, dynamic knowledge generation and application


To continuously provide quality Open and distance education, research and public services for sustainable and equitable socio-economic development of Tanzania in particular and rest of Africa'


Commitment to quality outputs, integrity and pursuit for the provision of affordable quality education for all.

OUT Functions.

As provided in the Universities Act No.7 of 2005 and the OUT charter 2007 the functions of the Open University of Tanzania are:

  • To preserve and transmit knowledge by teaching through various means including the use of modern technological means, tuition, residential courses and services.
  • Conduct research and consultancy by addressing social, economic and development problems of the community.
  • Promote the educational wellbeing of the Tanzania community by offering demand-driven courses.
  • Provide opportunities for Higher Education to a broad segment of the population predominantly trough Open and distance education.
  • Conduct examinations for and to grant degrees, diplomas, certificates and other awards of the University.
  • Promote collaboration and partnership in acquisition provision and application of higher education at institutional regional and international levels.
  • To promote equity and widen access to education to marginalized and disadvantaged groups.
  • To promote gender equity and mainstreaming in the acquisition, provision and application of Higher Education.
  • To address the HIV AIDS pandemic in the course of offering higher education.

Core Functions

As provided in the Universities Act No.7 of 2005 and the OUT charter 2007 the functions of the Open University of Tanzania are:

Teaching and Learning

The Open University of Tanzania offers affordable, innovative, relevant and quality degrees and non-degree programmes. In addition, the University provides an enabling environment for integrated continuous learning for students and its staff.

Research and Publication

OUT has created and will maintain a conducive environment to undertake relevant quality research and publications. It also publishes scholarly findings as part of its mandate to generate, preserve and disseminate knowledge in its own, local and international media and journals as well as electronic repositories.

Consultancy and Community Service

The consultancy and community services are integrated within the OUT core functions. In addition, the University participates in various community programmes, activities and services as part of its corporate social responsibility.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

View Part time MBAs » View MAs » View MScs » View LLMs » View Masters »