Open university education offers adults, regardless of their basic education, an opportunity to participate in education which follows the curricula of universities. Its aim is to increase educational and regional equality as well as to improve citizens' opportunities to develop personally in various direction and to increase their own influence on the world around them.

Open university education is based on the degree requirements and grades of the University of Eastern Finland. The education is conducted in the form of contact or distant education by the university institutions as well as, for example, by people's colleges, civic colleges and summer universities.