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    Britain's novel "Open University", the headquarters of which are at Milton Keynes, north-west of London, got under way this week.

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    Britain's novel "Open University", the headquarters of which are at Milton Keynes, north-west of London, got under way this week.

    It will teach its 25,000 students, all of them over twenty-one, by television, radio, correspondence and face-to-face meetings with tutors. Most of these enrolled have no formal qualifications, and they will have a unique opportunity to gain a degree without being resident on a campus, or having to meet conventional entrance requirements.

    The foundation courses at the University will be in arts, social science, mathematics and science. Further courses of a more technical nature, and for graduates and specialists, will begin in later years.

    Six million pounds sterling ($13.4 million U.S.) will be spent in five years to get degrees for 25,000 students by the 'open' method. This compares with 20 million sterling (48 million U.S. dollars) which would be spent on 5000 students gaining their degrees by conventional University study.

    There is strong interest in the methods of the Open University among the developing countries, and its founders are already planning to start an international University on the same lines.

    On Saturday (January 8) the British National Extension College which began the Open University said it was founding a sister organisation, the International Extension College, to help meet the needs of the third world.

    Based initially in London, it will be a world-wide operation, non-profit making, and financed by international foundations.

    Speaking at the headquarters of the Open University, the Secretary Mr. Anastasios Christodoulou described its functions to the press.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEXCTC792KN5WBK3EDN87BOH7H
    Media URN:
    VLVAEXCTC792KN5WBK3EDN87BOH7H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
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    N/A

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