The HOU was legally founded with article 27, par. 1, pas. a of Act 2083/1992 as an independent and wholly self–governed higher education institute. It operates as a Legal Person of Public Law under the supervision of the Hellenic State, as exercised by the Minister of Education.
The HOU Educational material consists of books, readers, supplementary p/c material and/or CDs and DVDs.The printed material is especially adapted to meet the needs and standards of Distance Education. In the HOU textbooks each chapter clearly states its particular aims and objectives, and also contains lists of key concepts and expected outcomes as well as a synopsis, bibliography and in some cases a guide for further reading.
The HOU's mission is to provide distance education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For that purpose, it develops and implements appropriate learning material and methods of teaching. The promotion of scientific research as well as the development of the relevant technology and methodology in the area of distance learning fall within the scope of the HOU's objectives.