The Open Universiteit in the Netherlands (OUNL) has knowledge which is important for people and groups outside the student population. This knowledge is generated as part of the primary process of developing and offering education and conducting research. Especially when it comes to innovation in education the OUNL can be a welcome partner.
Sustainable Development (SD)
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Also on themes considered important for the OUNL knowledge is available that can also be highly relevant to others. This is certainly the case for the themes of Sustainable Development (SD) and Open Educational Resources (OER). The contribution of OUNL to these themes is highly appreciated both nationally and internationally.
To underline the social responsibility of OUNL on the two themes a collaboration with UNESCO, as a network for social development through education, is sought. Together with UNESCO, it is possible both at national and international levels to realize a significant contribution.
The collaboration with UNESCO resulted in the establishment of two UNESCO Chairs: