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Updated on 06 Aug, 2019



The International Division looks after the international operations of the University. The Division was established on 16th October 1997 as a Cell and was upgraded to the status of a full-fledged Division in 2002. To meet its objectives, this Division has adopted a fourfold approach viz; collaboration, coordination, cooperation and competition for expanding IGNOU’s reach in the International arena.

The main objectives of the Division are:

• Promotion of IGNOU Programmes outside India.
• Establishment of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation and exchanges.
• Offering IGNOU course material to foreign institutions / universities.
• Coordinating the training programmes for the personnel of Open Universities / Institutes outside India.
• Consultancies to newly established universities / institutions outside India.
• Coordination of International programmes with the regional and international agencies.
• Providing pedagogical and technological support to overseas centres.

Presently, IGNOU’s academic programmes are on offer in the U.A.E (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah & Ras Al Khaimah) Qatar, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain and Sultanate of Oman among the Gulf countries. Mauritius, Singapore, Ethiopia, Kenya and Ivory Coast in Africa, and Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka among the SAARC countries, .