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Open Cyber University of Korea is the first cyber university in Korea.

OCU is the first four-year cyber university, and was established by a consortium consisting
of 14 leading universities and organizations in March 2001 after a two-and-a-half-year trial operation period.

In the 21st century, we live in a knowledge-based society built on fast-developing information communication technology (ICT). This society desperately needs new education systems to help us adapt to and lead change. OCU was founded by a consortium in which various universities and organizations participated to fulfill these changing expectations for education and realize a truly open and lifelong education armed with professionalism.


  • In 1996

    the operation policy for cyber universities was announced
    by the Ministry of Education

  • In 1998

    two and a half years of trial operation
    of cyber university

  • In 2001

    launch of Korea’s
    first cyber university

Consortium consisting of 14 leading universities and organizations in Korea

  • 강릉원주대학교
  • 단국대학교
  • 대진대학교
  • 동덕여자대학교
  • 부산외국어대학교
  • 국립부경대학교
  • 성신여자대학교
  • 순천향대학교
  • 용인대학교
  • 인제대학교
  • 인하대학교
  • 중앙대학교
  • 충북대학교
  • 제주대학교
  • 중앙일보
  • 한국열린사이버대학교

OCU has been in the forefront of cyber university education. OCU organized a consortium composed of 14 universities : Sungkyunkwan University  as a leader, Gangneung-Wonju National University(formerly Gangneung University), Kongju National University, Dongduk Women’s University, Pukyong National University, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Sungshin University, Soonchunhyang University, Yong In University, Inje University, Inha University, Jeju National University, Chung-Ang University  and Chungbuk National University,, along with the JoongAng Ilbo and Youngsan Information and Communication, actively promoting exchanges such as credit transfer and opening of related courses. According to the "3rd Education Reform Tasks" in 1996, the MOE's operation policy for cyber universities, OCU was selected as the first model school of the cyber university program in Korea on February 12, 1998. During the two-and-a-half-year trial operation period, OCU acquired know-how in school operation, established a stable lecture system and secured quality educational contents. In recognition of the stringent and meticulous school operation record, OCU was officially opened with the name Open Cyber University (OCU) in March 2001, based on which OCU is Korea's first cyber university.To renew and confirm itself as a new leader among global distance universities, OCU created a new brand and renamed itself the Open Cyber University of Korea(OCU) in July 2016.