Open University education, provided by all Finnish universities, is open to everyone.
Its purpose is to promote educational and regional equality and the accessibility of university education by offering people from all educational backgrounds an opportunity to participate in education organised in accordance with the universities' curricula. The credits correspond to those earned in education leading to a degree and are recognised as such. The Open University gives its students a chance to take part in university education on a wide spectrum of fields and to gain academic knowledge and receive research-based higher education.
The value underlying Open University education is the right of the individual to lifelong learning and education. Its aim is to add to the skills, knowledge, expertise and professional skills of the students, to promote their personal development, active citizenship, social skills as well as their employment.